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Gardening Calender a month by month guide.

What to do in November

Tulip planting time

Protect tender plants

Look after the lawn

more on the November Calendar Page

Best Shrubs and Plants for November

Native English Ivy

 Hedera Helix, the native English Ivy, when mature, produces flowers and berries which support a wide range of wildlife, particularly late in the year before hibernation. The nectar and pollen are food for insects including bees, hoverflies and wasps, the berries have high fat content and loved by birds, and the plant itself provides shelter for insects and small mammals.

Very good value for money in terms of providing for wildlife. 


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.

Help the Hedgehog

It is estimated that UK hedgehog numbers have dropped by 95% since the 1950s. In October/ November, depending on the weather, they will hibernate and it is vital for survival that Hedgehogs have enough fat to get it through winter. To help them put out food.  You can buy specialist hedgehog food from wildlife food suppliers, alternatively leave out tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. More ideas on feeding Hedgehogs.

Autum planting veg

Plant Onions, garlic and broad beans in the autumn for an earlier crop next year.

The growing conditions need to be good, the soil free draining and not waterlogged. It is best to buy Autumn varieties suitable and named as autumn planting varieties, and they can be planted throughout October and November.

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

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

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for the 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 does frost hardy mean, 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 06.10.2020