Welcome to the Sunday Gardener

Winter is here bringing with it freezing temperatures and the risk of snow. Check out Winter gardening tips  and a video about snow damage in the garden.

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.

  On the few mild days it is possible to get out into the garden. 

Ideas on what to do in the garden in December. 

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. 

An ideal Christmas present for the gardener in your life, and a great Gardener's  Christmas gift. "Success with Tomatoes" the Sunday Gardener's own handy growing guide, available on Amazon, in paper back and e book format. 

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. 


Climbing Plants are great to add interest and height in a border. Many climbing plants are easy to grow and there is advice and video on how to plant and grow the ever popular Clematis. 

Information about selecting and growing Flowering Plants,Shrubs and Bushes.

Struggling to identify a shrub or plant?

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Gardening tips and help on how to grow all sorts of vegetables and inspiring images of vegetable in some of our best RHS and show gardens on Pinterest.

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.



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