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Winter has arrived and it is essential that tender plants are protected, either by wrapping up, moving to a sheltered spot or bringing under cover. The main problem overwintering plants in the greenhouse is not so much the cold, but the damp still air. To reduce this ventilate the greenhouse as much as possible on milder days.
Snow can damage evergreen shrubs. It looks so pretty, but snow is heavy and does damage advise on the New Video about Snow Damage in the garden
Early Hellebores will be in flower later in December. This illustrated is the very seasonal H.'Christmas Carol' looks great in containers with red cyclamen.
Winter is tough on birds and wildlife a good time to top up bird feeders, break the ice on bird baths. In winter owls are often heard hooting on frosty nights.
Viburnums are lovely late Autumn and Winter flowering shrubs many of which have scented flowers. Illustrated is V. X. bodnantense 'Dawn' which is scented. It is deciduous, tolerant of most conditions including partial shade.
Pyracantha is a common garden shrub but has much to recommend it not least the fabulous autumn berries in bright red, orange or yellow. Eventually the birds will eat them all but often the shrub looks splendid for months and is easy to grow tolerant of all soil types, fully hardy and will grow in partial shade.
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More than ever gardening is about being greener and helping wildlife. Ideas about wildlife friendly plants and plants for bees and butterflies which are easy to grow and will ensure your garden has a buzz.