February’s plant of the month at Hilltop

Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) is a treasure of the winter garden. It’s bright flowers are heavily scented. Chinese witch hazel can grow to be quite a large shrub. It’s deciduous and thrives in open, unexposed sites with deep humus-rich soil.

Your gardening jobs for February

February warms a seasoned gardener’s heart. It is now officially spring! Warmth and more sunlight encourages sheltered spots and greenhouses come alive. On sunny windowsills and heated greenhouses, sow of early seeds and tubers in Growise Seed & Cutting compost Your shrubs and trees will benefit from a layer of Farmyard Manure, composted bark or Blooming Marvelous Mulch. Divide and…

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Quick tip for February

We’re not all dedicated gardeners. Many people struggle to make time for their outdoor space, but this is a quick, simple thing you can do to give your plants a bit more life. If you’ve planted winter pansies and violas, take a minute to remove faded flowers to stop them setting seed. This will encourage a flush of new flowers…

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