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Organic gardening in winter

The best way to look after natural plants is with natural gardening. Learn how the organic approach will keep your garden looking healthy this winter<p>Organic gardening isn’t just something to think about during the spring and summer months – in winter there is still plenty you can do to keep your …


Winter wonders: the best clematis to grow

The clematis is the queen of climbers, taking up little ground space, yet dripping with flowers for weeks on end. And those flowers can appear 12 months a year, offering a variety of shape and colour.<p>Single-flowered clematis, often fragrant, are good in late winter and early spring for pollinating …


Winter pruning of fruit trees.

Easy winter rose pruning

Gardens: Winning ways for winter

Gardens can bring delights in colder months. Here’s how<p>Come winter, the crutches that we rely on to make our gardens look good – frothy annuals, lush herbaceous perennials, screens of rampant runner beans – are gone. What’s left – the bare bones of the garden – can leave the most dedicated summer …


How to help wildlife in your garden this winter

If you’ve had it bad in your garden this year, spare a thought for our wildlife. Our birds, butterflies, bees and other animals breed and hibernate at particular times, according to the availability of food and habitat. Frogs and toads emerge from hibernation to breed in recently thawed ponds. …


How to garden during the mildest winter for half a century

Peculiar weather seems to be the new normal – and although many of us don’t miss the traditional December gloves, scarves and runny noses combination, our gardens are thoroughly confused. As reported in the Telegraph earlier this year, the average temperature for this time of year is 6C warmer than …

Mild winter means lower numbers for annual garden bird count, RSPB warns

Members of the British public taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend can expect to see lower numbers and fewer exotic species after the wettest, warmest December on record<p>People counting Britain’s garden birds as part of an annual RSPB survey can expect to see lower numbers and fewer …


5 Super-Early Vegetables to Start in Winter


Top 25 Winter plants

Structure and form dominate, but many winter-flowerers are highly fragrant.<p><b>1 Rosebud cherry 'Autumnalis Rosea' (Prunus x subhirtella)</b><br>Perfectly formed, frilled pale pink blossom sprinkle through dark, bare tracery of branches for weeks of subtle flower from November until February. Easy to grow …


Plant an Indoor Herb Garden to Enjoy All Winter

Have fresh herbs in your kitchen long after the arrival of Jack Frost.<p>We bet "grow an herb garden" has been on your "wanna-do-but-afraid-to-try" list for a while now. Well, luckily, there's no time like the present – even in winter! — too tackle this not-so-scary gardening task. Follow these steps …

How to boost autumn colour

Adding Autumn colour to your garden - Waitrose Garden

Kew Gardens in Autumn

Autumn flowers that last until first frost

For gardeners, one of the most cheering phrases in the English language is "will flower until frost". It warms the heart to see a plant brave equinoctial gales, torrential rain, insect attack, shortening days and lower light levels to provide colour well into the autumn.<p>The combination of summer …


5 Ways to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

Help your grass survive the snow with these simple winter lawn prep tips.<p><b>Summer can take a heavy toll on a lawn</b>. Drought, insects, and weeds can leave even the most cared-for lawn looking thin and patchy. To make sure your grass comes back healthy next spring, act now. Fall is the ideal time to …


Fall Lawn Care: 6 Steps to Take Right Now

The end of summer doesn't mean the end of lawn care. Take these simple steps with your grass now and you'll have a head start on a healthy lawn for next spring.<p>With autumn nearly upon us and winter rapidly approaching, you're probably not spending much time thinking about your lawn. But autumn, …


Gardens: plant, sow thyself

Our pick of easy self-seeders that will provide harvests for years to come<p>“Low maintenance” and “homegrown veg” still come at the top of the wish lists of most new garden owners. In reality these two features are largely incompatible. Made up mainly of annual crops, most veg beds require a constant …


Get Gardening: Layering up for Autumn

The top 7 trees for autumn leaves in your garden

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)<p><b>Perfect for…small gardens</b><p>Japanese maple are small, deciduous trees, which are perfectly happy to grow in large containers, in smaller gardens. Make sure to fill tubs with loam-based compost, such as John Innes No 2 and keep the soil moist.<p>A slow-release fertiliser or …

Autumn vs Spring planting – what shall it be?

I often get asked if it is better to plant in the Autumn or Spring?<p>With all things, there are advantages and disadvantages to both…but I’ll share my …

Gardens: want a burst of colour in autumn? Try these plants

Hold those shorter days at bay with blooms – and keep pollinators happy, too<p>There’s a distinct chill to the air and a softer, golden quality to the morning light, which can mean only one thing: autumn is on its way. But it is possible to hold shorter days at bay with these late-season flowering …


Botany: Plant Classification and Names

Flowers and celebrities in full bloom at Chelsea Flower Show

Stars including Twiggy, Jerry Hall and Jennifer Saunders are among those enjoying the Chelsea Flower show, with Monty Don hailing The Telegraph garden as "very beautiful"<p>A host of stars turned out for press day at <b>the 2014 Chelsea Flower show</b>. Among those admiring <b>The Telegraph's Italianate garden</b> …

Chelsea Flower Show

Vegetable Garden Planning for Beginners

If you're a <b>beginner vegetable gardener</b>, here are basics on vegetable garden planning: site selection, plot size, which vegetables to grow, and other …


Prepare Your Garden as Summer Approaches

Prepare Your Garden as Summer Approaches - Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM<p>Hard work in the garden during spring will begin to pay off in June as …

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