December: Deck the halls

And just like that it’s the last month of the year. Our gardens have been through a lot in the past week with snow and strong winds, but hopefully winter protection preparation was enough to keep tender plants safe through the conditions.

It’s such a beautiful sight, seeing a layer of frost or snow settled in the garden, brightening up a dark morning. If you want to brighten up your garden even more, these top ten plants will help to cheer up a winter garden with their flowers, foliage and fruits. Or bring a festive feeling into your home or porch with these picks for Christmas displays.

If you’ve already got your Christmas lights up, there’s still chance for you to enter your festive displays into Illumination Street, with £5,000 worth of prizes to be won. Share your pictures on social media, tagging #switchontoshowoff and #IlluminationStreetWeek.

However, if the cold weather is keeping you indoors, don’t forget that houseplants can keep you busy and bring much happiness to your home.

Grab a warm drink and tune into ITV for Love Your Garden on Tuesday evenings at 8pm and Love Your Weekend on Sunday mornings from 9am.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

David

Gardening tip of the month

Make a showstopping centrepiece for your Christmas Day dinner with these top tips…

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Get a Scandinavian minimalist look with white candles sat on a tray and eucalyptus scattered around the table. Finish with some dainty fairy lights for extra sparkle.

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Achieve a natural piece with pinecones, twigs and fir from a woodland walk, tied together with string. Remember to leave berries behind for the birds.

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Make the most of festive fragrances with a display with dried oranges and sticks of cinnamon for an aromatic addition to your dinner table.

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Pair dried or cut flowers with succulents like echeveria or aeonium that won’t require much care or maintenance over the festive period.

Top plants

Deck your garden with these colourful plants that will bring colour and cheer to the space this Christmastime when the mornings are dark and chilly.

Top Plants For December

Top job

This time of year, most deciduous trees and shrubs are dormant, so it’s a great time to prune to avoid sap bleeding and keep them growing their best.

Top Job for December

Plants for purpose

Plants can play a huge part in making beautiful Christmas displays, both inside and outside the home. Use these plants to get in the feel-good festive spirit.

Plants for a purpose

Winter flowers

Bring joy to your home and garden through winter with these picks that add colour and fragrance to your displays. They’re all round winners that will come back year after year.

Winter flowering bulbs

Winter wildlife

Lend a helping hand to our garden friends by ensuring your garden is a safe and inviting space that offers food, water, and shelter to help them over the colder months.

Winter wildlife

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, so enter here.

Illumination Street

My Houseplant Changed My Life

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Up for grabs…

Be in with a chance to win 1 of 10 packets of Miracle Gro® Push & Feed, for easy feeding with no need for mixing, measuring or mess.
For your chance to win, enter the prize draw.
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Garden gadgets

Be in with a chance of winning a Yard Force Cordless Hedge Trimmer, that makes it easy to design and shape hard to reach hedges and shrubs.
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Prize draw winners

Yard Force – 3in1 Blower Vac
Lucinda Perkins

2in1 Water Collector
Sheila Wilkinson

Raised Bed System

Twitter – Sandra Parker
Facebook – Donna L Jones
Instagram – Nicola Fish

OASE – IceFree 4 Seasons
Henry Mccaffery

LoveTheGarden – Patio Magic
Lynda Enright
Mike Secker
Michael McCarthy
Steve Tout
Neil Johnson

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