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  • Helleborus x hybridus spotted pink 310
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Gardening Calendar a month by month guide.

Pruning month: time to prune Clematis, Roses, Wisteria and more.

Start chilli plants early

Sow Sweet Peas and other half-hardy annuals.

February's Gardening Calendar


Best Shrubs and Plants for February

Helleborus x hybridus spotted pink

It is hard to resist Hellebores with their speckled and attractive flowers. Hellebores have a lot going for them, low maintenance, easy to grow, clump forming and tolerant of partial shade.

Hellebores look good just as one or two plants to lighten the winter gloom. If you have a larger area, particularly with some shade with shrubs and trees, it is a great setting for Hellebores which form clumps and will grow quite densely. More tips and images.

Garrya elliptica

This is Garrya elliptica, and whilst it is a fairly modest evergreen shrub most of the year, in late winter and early spring it comes into its own with lovely tassels. 

If you are looking to plant a shrub with winter interest, check out growing Garrya elliptica. Apart from a sheltered spot, it is easy to grow and suitable for most conditions, including partial shade. 

Lonicera fragrantissim

My favourite winter scent, Lonicera fragrantissim the Winter Flowering Honeysuckle. It doesn't look much, but packs a real punch with a wonderful scent at this time of year. Easy to grow on any soil type, it grows well in both sun or partial shade.

Tips for growing Lonicera fragrantissim

Snow drops and Hellebores

If you are looking for a winter combination, Snowdrops and Hellebores are great together, and you could add Cyclamen. For a long flowering display coming into flower slightly later, you could also plant Pulmonaria and Primula vulgaris for a fabulous late winter and early spring display. These plants all like the same growing conditions, which is why they make an ideal combination. Plant into good fertile soil, and partial shade with woodland cover.

looking to buy shrubs and plants for late Winter and Early spring colour?

Check out the gardening shop for a great selection of Hellebores, winter and spring shrubs, ideas for colour in your garden.

The Sunday Gardener You Tube videos

A selection of the  most popular videos, How to make your wisteria flower, Clematis Pruning groups 1,2 & 3 explained, How and when to remove shoots from tomato plants and all about the "Chelsea Chop" plus 70 more videos on a range of gardening topics and wildlife.

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Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

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

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for best  Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast-growing shrubs.

bee on sedum

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

tomatoes on the vine ripening

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

toms in hanging basket

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.

ducks on garden pond

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

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

gardening calender  month by month what to do in the garden

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

Last updated 19.01.2021