David Domoney Newsletter

November: Bonfire bonanza

As we take a step further into autumn, the chills in the air mean we need to protect our plants from the increased likelihood of frost. Not only that, but now is the perfect time to take stock in the garden and ensure that all tools and equipment are in good nick ready for use next year. Just because the garden seems quieter, it doesn’t mean there are no flowers and foliage to make a firework of colour this month. In fact, these top ten plants will add some vibrancy to your displays.

With Bonfire Night just a day away, ensure you take steps to celebrate safely. Not only do you need to look out for yourself, children and pets, but also wildlife. Hedgehogs need to be taken care for at this time of the year, so use these tips for bonfire safety.

With the darker evenings comes the realisation that Christmas is just around the corner. So get into the festive spirit a bit earlier this year and join me for my next Facebook Live for Illumination Street on Weds 10th November at 2pm where I’ll be sharing some of my favourite seasonal plants and tips on how to make a fantastic festive display.

This time of year is also the time to get ahead by planting spring flowering bulbs for spectacular displays next year. These are some of the best bulbs to plant in autumn for bursts of colour in spring.

For more garden inspiration, you can also catch me on Love Your Garden on Tuesday nights on ITV and on Love Your Weekend, Sunday mornings from 9am.

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

With the risk of frosts looming, take these steps to protect your plants…


Plants that aren’t winter hardy can be moved into a frost free location, such as a greenhouse, conservatory, porch, or grouped under the eaves of the house.


Materials such as horticultural fleece, straw, polystyrene, and hessian can all be used in the garden to insulate plants from cold and wind.


Place pot feet or old wine corks under containers to raise them off the ground to aid drainage and prevent waterlogging after heavy rain.

To protect plants in the ground, make a frame around them from bamboo canes, then pack with straw, cover it and tie into place.

Top plants

For fireworks of colour from foliage and flowers, these top ten plants will be sure to put on a sparkling show in your garden this November.

Top job

Keep busy this month with these winter jobs that keep you ahead of the weather. They will keep your garden in good nick, ready for the growing season ahead.

Plants for purpose

It’s not only about winter colour from foliage, flowers and fruits because there is a huge array of winter shrubs that have wonderful fragrances too.

Indoor gardening

Create an indoor garden with these plants that will transform the look of your home and letting you garden from the warmth of your home on these chilly autumn days.

Water gardening

Bring the magical movement of water into your garden to boost mental health with the relaxing sounds of waterfalls and the sight of the water glistening in the sun.

Illumination Street

Illumination Street is back for a third year running, sponsored by British Garden Centres. The campaign motivates the nation to brighten up their front gardens with the spirit of Christmas, with £5,000 worth of prizes to be won.

My Houseplant Changed My Life

Order your copy of my indoor gardening book below:


Up for grabs…

Be in with a chance to win 1 of 5 bottles of Patio Magic!®, for easy removal and prevention of algae and mould for a pristine patio.

Closes 30/11/21

UK Residents Only

T&C’s Apply


Gadgets galore

Be in with a chance of winning an Oase IceFree 4 Seasonswhich will stop Jack Frost from putting a freeze on your pond, and give your pond a flourish during the summer.


Gadgets galore

Enter the prize draw for your chance to win a Yard Force 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum & Mulcher that will help keep your garden in tip-top shape this autumn.

Prize Draw Results

Here are the winners from October:

OASE Swim Skim 25 – Ella Anderson
Urban Balcony Raised Bed – Richard Whelan
Miracle-Gro Autumn & Spring Lawn Food – Tony Martin, Tara Clover, Julie Tift, Josie Bicknell, Victoria Cuthbertson
Yard Force – Alex White

Pumpkin Carving Competition Votes:

1st Place – Katherine Morris – Oh No! The Pumpkin ate the Witch!
2nd Place – Lisa Tebbutt – Jack
3rd Place – Karen Priestley – Cereal Killers

Urban Balcony Raised Bed & DD Seeds – Courtesy of Yard Force – @glamorghost (Autumn Ghost)

Yard Force Hedge Trimmer – Hanna Bee Griffin

Yard Force Hedge Trimmer – Jo Y @boostieboo

Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout November…

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