Flowers & Shrubs
Top Tip: Cut back perennials that have died down, remove and compost bedding plants that have past their best. Although we’ve just told you to cut down your perennials down feel free to ignore this if you like seed heads or just want to keep a few beautiful stems that look stunning when frosted.
Top Tip: Once you have removed the leaves from the flower beds put them in a black dustbin liner and leave them to rot down to make fantastic leaf mold (as always mentioned by Monty Don on Gardener’s World)
Top Tip: Prune climbing and rambling roses.
Top Tip: Cut down Buddleia, Lavatera and other quick growing shrubs by one third to reduce wind damage.
Top Tip: It’s worth lifting begonia tubers to protect then from the cold weather but in a sheltered London garden it’s worth risking leaving the gladioli bulbs and Dahlia tubers in situ as they are a little bit more hardy, cover them with a few inches of mulch for some extra insulation.
Top Tip: Plant shrubs now, we have a great selection at the moment and they will get a chance to grow a good root system before the main growth spurt starts in the spring.
Top Tip: If you haven't already planted some containers with spring colour, there's still time to plant now using bedding plants such as violas and wallflowers, plus spring-flowering bulbs. Keep your pots in a sheltered spot, such as under a porch, to encourage blooms through the winter and to avoid plants rotting off in the winter wet. Cyclamen and ornamental cabbage are particularly vulnerable to rotting in damp conditions. You won't get masses of blooms during colder weather, but any milder spells should see a good show.