Boost your winter flower count this month by planting dainty-looking bulbs, pretty shrubs and perennials that flower in the depths of winter. This issue we bring colour and fragrance to your borders and choose our favourite romantic roses to plant for Valentine’s Day. There’s seasonal inspiration from our three reader gardens, advice on how to choose and grow potatoes, design solutions for a formal front garden and an exciting wildlife feature on sparrowhawks, plus all your favourites!
IN THIS ISSUE
Celebrate frosted plumes Grasses can provide colour, texture and movement in the winter garden
Be inspired by… a woodland dell, chic storage, plants in flower now, hellebores, RHS Harlow Carr, a soft plants quiz and diary dates for Feb
Boost your winter flower count Fill your garden with flowers and fragrance this season. Here’s our pick of shrubs and perennials
Enjoy a cup of colour Cheerful crocuses are a treat, with species that bloom from autumn to spring
Add romance with a rose Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plant one!
Make the most of ophiopogon Create a little black magic with this dramatic, versatile evergreen. We’ve got four easy planting ideas
What to do this month Plan summer pot displays, prune early clematis and give patio pavers an early ‘spring’ clean
Plant a stylish barrel Give a rustic wooden planter a chic new twist with black pansies and silver-green foliage plants. Here’s how
Plant winter treasures in amethyst & gold These opulent February flowers will shrug off snow and ice. Here’s how to create the look
“The garden never stands still” Even in winter this spectacular garden is full of colour and drama
“Our woodland haven is full of happy memories” Every plant has a story to tell in this leafy haven
“Green architecture creates interest all year round” Grasses and evergreens help to organise this stylish garden into route-ways, vistas and destinations
Garden to visit With its historic beginnings, vibrant bulbs and hellebores, Mottisfont is a must!
Keep watch for sparrowhawks These sharp-eyed predators sometimes visit gardens – here’s what they’re looking for...
Celebrate spuds! The humble British potato is no great beauty, but it’s easy, reliable and tasty too
Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries
Border rescue Give a tired border a new lease of life by pruning shrubs and adding perennials
Design solutions Formal geometry brings a sense of order to a small front garden
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Buyers’ guide to small greenhouses These compact structures offer cosy conditions for tender plants, cuttings and seedlings
Free* peony collection worth £19.99 and other offers on flowering plants. *Just pay p&p
Snowdrops in the green twinpack 250 bulbs for just £39.96!
Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos to win bird food from the RSPB and a fab new pair of Felco secateurs
Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch competitions to win goodies
Garden view Gardening wisdom is a hard-won thing. Naomi Slade shares some useful advice