Spring is just around the corner so make the most of fine days to get outside and start on your 2019 garden.
- Stock up on compost – take advantage of our Millbrook family member offer and get two bags of 50l Levington multi-purpose compost for the price of one! (£6.99 each)
- Don’t forget to look after your garden birds! February can be one of the toughest months for our feathered friends, so visit our bird care department for advice on who eats what.
- Start chitting early potatoes (encouraging them to sprout before planting) – put the end of the potato with the most eyes upright in an egg box or similar and place in a cool, light position.
- Complete any hedge cutting that didn’t get done last year before the birds start nesting.
February Plant Collection
We have selected the best of the season flowering in Winter, perfect to plant together
Euronymus Fortune (‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’)
This dwarf evergreen shrub with yellow-margined leaves is extremely versatile and can be used as a specimen shrub or low, informal hedge.
Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’)
A large deciduous form of hazel with highly contorted and twisted branches, producing long yeloow catkins in late Winter to early Spring.
Also looking good in the garden in February…
Viburnum (Deciduous) – a collection of deciduous shrubs grown for their highly scented, showy white to soft pink flowers born on bare stems.
‘Vibernum farreri’ is wide-growing with a very strong scent.
‘Viburnum x burkwoodii’ are semi-evergreen. They produce showy buds in Winter and scented flowers in March.
‘Viburnum x bodnantense’ produce large, scented showy flowers.
All varieties produce foliage with rich Autumn colour.
Plant near walkways where the blooms can be enjoyed the most.
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles) – also know as ‘Japonica’, these small shrubs produce green/yellow/orange/red flowers on leafless branches in early Spring.
Can be grown as wall shrubs and also performs well grown as espaliers (trained to grow flat against a wall).
Flowers best in full sun, but tolerates some shade.
Prefers a neutral soil, but tolerates lime. Add grit to heavy clay soils.
Give optimal conditions, will produce fragrant yellow fruit in Summer.
Camellia – One of the most popular Winter and Spring flowering, evergreen shrubs.
Produces large, rose-like colourful flowers when little else is flowering.
Grows very well in pots.
Prune late Spring after flowering.
Needs an ericaceous (acidic) soil to thrive.
Protect overwintering buds from excessive frost.
Produces its flowers buds the previous Autumn, so don’t allow it to dry out.
Daphne – Grown its intense Winter fragrance and attractive foliage.
Prefers neutral to alkaline soil rich in humus and free-draining.
Very slow growing.
Will grow in full sun to full shade.
Place pots in a sheltered spot to keep roots cool.
Resents disturbance so don’t move established plants.
Plant near walkways where the fragrant blooms can be enjoyed most.