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February in the Garden 

Pruning month for Clematis, Wisteria, Roses and more.

Plant summer flowering bulbs

Start of some seeds under glass

Cut back Cornus for colour next year.

Best Plants and Shrubs for February

Winter flowering Honeysuckle

Winter flowering Honeysuckle

This may not be the worlds showiest shrub, but it has one of the very best perfumes of all shrubs. This is Winter flowering Honeysuckle, Latin name Lonicera fragrantissim. 

If you like winter interest and fragrance, find a garden center which has this shrub on sale and in bloom and you will not be disappointed.

Plant summer bulbs

Summer flowering bulb Dahlia

If you are looking forward to a summer display of dazzling Dahlia and Lilies you need to check out planting summer bulbs now.

Plant only during a mild spell and follow the advice on February's Gardening Page.

Check out blog article planting and sowing in February.

Seed now for summer

If you are intending to grow sweet peas to have a summer display, this is also the time of the year to sow sweet peas under glass and get them going early. 

Sweet Peas are not difficult to grow from seed, and you can pick and grow your favourite varieties. This is one I grow every year Sweet pea 'High Scent' tips on growing Sweet Peas.

In the Kitchen Garden

Chillies need a long growing season which means it is best to get sowing early. Chillies also need heat and must be sown inside with plenty of warmth and light.

They can take up to 21 days to germinate - more tips on growing Chillies.

 

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Clematis Piilu

Easy to grow Spring and Summer flowering plants, advice as to the best climbing and scented plants.

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Ideas for the Best Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast growing shrubs.

Bees on Sedum

Advice on plants to attract bees and butterflies into your garden. Check out the 10 Best wildlife friendly plants and shrubs.

Onions

How to grow your own veg, including  growing from seed and the best veg for growing in containers

gloves and secateurs essential gardening kit

A month by month guide with advice and top tips what to do in the garden each month. Seasonal monthly advice in the Sunday Gardener's Newsletter.

Garden Pond with lilies in the rain

An easy step-by-step guide with illustrations on how to build a pond, choosing a pond liner, and attracting wildlife to your pond.

Snails on a Hosta

Pages of gardening tips including how to get rid of slugs and snails, what does frost hardy mean, when to use the Chelsea Chop and much more.

Award winning blogs

Regular posts with gardening chat on the Sunday Gardener's award-winning blog, including visitors' questions.