Welcome to The Sunday Gardener

Latest Blog Posts

The Sunday Gardener home to the best independent advice on all aspects of gardening. 

The Sunday Gardener's December's Calendar has jobs and tips for winter gardening.

For Seasonal tips and advice sign up for The Sunday Gardener's Newsletter 



  • winter flowering Jasmine flowers and shrub
  • winter landscape 300
  • Clematis-cirrhosa--'Freckles'-winter-flowering-310
  • hedra-helix-with-berries
  • Deschampsia & Betula Nigra Trentham Gardens 300
  • frost-on-plant-300
  • frost-beech-leaves--300
  • hellebore--in-snow
  • frozen-berries-on-cotoneaster-310-x-240

    Best Plants and Shrubs for December

    Mahonia for Winter Colour

    Mahonia for Winter Colour

    This is Mahonia x media 'Charity' flowering through December and the Winter. Mahonia is a tough, maintenance free shade tolerant shrub, which has sharp spines and so suitable to be planted as perimeter fencing, if needed. A good shrub for a tricky spot- more about Growing Mahonias.

    Winter flowering Jasmine

    Winter flowering Jasmine

    Also offering bright yellow flowers is the Winter flowering Jasmine, an easy to grow climbing plant. This type of Jasmine is not scented, but is easy to grow and not fussy about its conditions. It's lovely yellow flowers lighten the December gloom.

    Wildlife this month

    Owl in winter

    This time of year there is a lot of owl activity. Tawny Owls are vocal at night hooting and screeching as they establish territory and are seeking a mate.  It is a magical sound, perhaps take a few minutes to relax and listen to the gentle sounds of the owls alongside a stream.

    Winter Lettuces

    Winter Lettuces

    Enjoy fresh lettuce all the year round. You can grow lettuce under a cloche and extend the growing season by planting Winter lettuces such as Winter Purslane, Corn Salad, Land Cress and Winter lettuces ' Density' and ' Winter King' - Advice on How to Grow Winter Lettuces.

    Gardening ideas and inspiration

    Flowering plants

    Clematis Piilu

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

    Shrubs and Bushes

    Lavatera 'Barnsley'

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

    Wildlife Garden

    Bees on Sedum

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

    Grow your Own Veg


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

    Gardening Calendar

    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 Ponds

    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.

    Gardening tips

    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.

    TSG Blog

    Award winning blogs

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

    Newsletter image

    Sign up for the Sunday  Gardener's newsletter for the best independent advise with seasonal tips and ideas. You can sign for a one month trial basis, or longer.Privacy and Cookie Policy.  

    E mail The Sunday Gardener for help with gardening queries and for plant and shrub identification service. Visit the Sunday Gardener's youtube channel for video help.