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

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

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December  in the Garden

Not too late to plant Tulips 

Winter prune roses

Avoid damage to lawns

Cold weather tips

Seasonal gardening tips for December

Best Plants and Shrubs for December

Winter Clematis

Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty'

This image is of Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty' an evergreen climber and which will flower from November to March. In common with many winter flowering Clematis is is slightly tender and will benefit from some winter protection. Like all Clematis it prefers to be planted with its roots in the shade and top growth in the sun. This and other Winter flowering Clematis are available from Crocus

More about growing Clematis.

Hellebore niger

Hellebore niger

The earliest of the Hellebore to flower Hellebore niger start to flower in December. Illustrated is the aptly name Hellebore Christmas Carol.

Hellebores are fully hardy, easy to grow and even make good cut flowers.

Tulip Planting time

It is not too late to plant Tulips in December and they are very likely to flower, even planted this late in year. 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

There are many crops you can grow over winter but often the veg plot is not productive at this time of year. Late autumn and Winter is a good time to clear the plot and then add some organic matter. Over winter it will break down, the worms will do their best and it will be ready for planting up in the spring.

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.