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The November Calender has tips on what to do in the garden this month, and ideas for the veg plot. 

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November  in the Garden

Last chance to move tender plants under cover

Tulip planting time 

Winter prune roses

Autumn planted Garlic

Seasonal gardening tips for November

Best Plants and Shrubs for November

Winter Clematis

Winter flowering Clematis with lovely speckled red flowers

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Freckles is one of the early winter flowering Clematis. It is an evergreen climber and will flower from November to March and like all Clematis it prefers to be planted with its roots in the shade and top growth in the sun.

More about growing Clematis.

Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia japonica

This is a lovely above is S. Japonica which has reddish flowers which open up and fade in time and then look like the Skimmia in the image below left which it is a young shrub. The flowers are followed by red berries and Skimmia is a shrub which will grow in partial shade and reaches around 1m.

Tulip Planting time

November is the time to plant tulips and most important is to plant them to the right depth.   Ideal in containers here combined with Skimmia which had lovely red flowers for a winter display, fading in the spring toning well with the pink Tulips. Afterwards the Skimmia can be planted out in the garden.

In the Kitchen Garden

Autumn is the best time to plant Garlic which gives it the required period of low temperatures to form good bulbs. If your ground is heavy or wet, this will not be ideal for the Garlic over winter instead start it off in containers under glass and then plant out in the spring. Tips on how to grow Garlic.

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.


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.