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Frost make the garden looks spectacular when the plants are laced with white. This is especially true of grasses where the fronds sparkle with frost. To get this effect in your garden, plant grasses where the sun rises behind or one one side of them so the light shines through illuminating the plant.
There is no plant of the month for December. This is the fantastic looking Elephant Hawk Caterpillar which turns into a lovely pink and olive green moth. It likes to feed on Rosebay Willow herb, Himalayan balsam and if you have a tidy garden, Fuchsia.
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Mahonia lights up the winter gloom with bright yellow flowers. It is a tough shrub, very hardy and will tolerate harsh conditions making it an ideal shrub for a difficult spot. Some varieties have the added bonus of being scented. More about Mahonia.
One of the earliest Hellebores to flower is H.Niger, also known as the Christmas Rose and it will come into flower in late December. It looks great as part of a winter bedding arrangement, but for a permanent home, most Hellebores look for woodland type conditions.
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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.