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Gardening Calendar a month by month guide.

What to do in January 

Start chilli plants early

Check the greenhouse for Botrytis 

Hellebore black spot

more on the January Calendar Page

Best Shrubs and Plants for January

A winter Clematis

One of the most attractive winter flowering Clematis, this is Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' and is flowering around now until end of February. Many of the winter flowering Clematis are not fully hardy, this variety is H4 which means hardy in most parts of the country to a temperature range of -5-10.

It is group 1 for pruning purposes - tips on growing Clematis 

Buy Clematis cirrhosa


This is the wonderfully scented Viburnum bodnantense which starts to flower in some parts of the UK from November onwards, until the spring. It is highly scented, slow growing; and it is tolerant of most soils and aspects including partial shade. 

It will eventually grow up to 2m and is just one of a group of viburnums suitable for the garden.

Checking out buying Viburnum bodnantense

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.

Tips for growing Lonicera fragrantissim

Winter gardening tips

Heavy snow can cause significant damage even to mature shrubs such as this Elaeagnus. Evergreens of a rounded shape are particularly vulnerable.  The weight of snow can push the branches out eventually snapping them. 

Check out Winter Gardening Tips

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