February: Flower power
We’re already in the second month of the year, which means we’re taking a step toward spring, so fill your garden with flowering plants for this month with these top ten picks for February.
I’m sharing regular updates on the development of the new grow your own garden at my home over on Instagram. So far I’ve shared my plans, the initial groundworks and the reinstallation of my greenhouse, so head over to my account – I’d love to hear what you think.
If you’re looking to grow more fruit and veg this year, try planning your garden around recipes to ensure you’ve got stock of the right ingredients. Once the planning is done, set it into motion with my guide of seeds to sow in February.
Give a Valentine’s Day gift with a difference by checking out these best rose alternatives, or choose something that will stick around by giving a houseplant to your loved one.
There’s plenty to look forward to, like spring bulbs bursting to life in the garden and an increase in pollinators paying your garden a visit. Next month I’m also looking forward to the Ideal Home Show, so don’t miss out on buying tickets to catch me at one of my talks.
In the meantime, you can catch me on Love Your Weekend on Sunday mornings from 10am on ITV.
Happy gardening and a Happy New Year!
Gardening tip of the month
Keep your garden in ship-shape by pruning, dividing and cutting back specific plants to keep them looking their best…
Divide herbaceous perennials like salvias, delphiniums, eryngiums, verbena and asters as a way to increase your stock, keep them flowering well, growing densely and growing healthily.
Through winter, some deciduous ornamental grasses may have been left for winter interest and texture, but these can be cut back now to encourage new growth in spring.
Shape up summer flowering shrubs that flower on the current season’s growth like buddleia and perovskia by cutting them back now, ready for new sprouts in spring.
Carry on deadheading spent blooms of bedding plants and winter flowers so energy is redirected into boosting more flower growth. Pinch off flowers with a finger and thumb or use clean secateurs.
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David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
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