I’ve got a garden space, but no real garden right now, just a piece of grass [lawn is too grand a word] a few plants and very soggy soil; on the plus side there’s a lovely, old brick wall, a beech tree, numerous hellebores and some fine old roses.
One day soon, when the plan is ready, I’ll blog about it and you can see what I’m up against. Meanwhile, if you’re lucky enough to have a proper garden, here’s a list of things that can be done this month.
Prune summer flowering deciduous shrubs:
- Spirea japonica
Cut back the stems that flowered last year so that only one or two buds are left, then cut out and weak, spindly stems. Pruning helps them to make more flowers and stop them growing into a lanky shape.
Buddleia davidii [butterfly bush] need a firmer approach, can be cut back leaving 50cm/20in above the ground.
Less common ones are pruned at different times Buddleia alternifolia in midsummer after it flowers, and Buddleia globosa in late winter.
Prune deciduous grasses:
like Stipa tennuisima, now, it’s much more difficult if left until next month when the new growth starts pushing through.
cut back right down to 15cm/6in above the ground, for brightly coloured new stems. The cuttings are great for using to support plants as they grow, willow can also be used for these.
Sow sweet peas:
they can be planted directly into the soil on April, but if you plant them inside now they’ll flower earlier.
Prune viticella clematis:
these are flower on this years growth, so they can be cut back to 30cm/12in above ground level to a pair of buds. Viticellas include Clematis Polish Spirit, one of my favourites.
Put out some bird boxes:
They’ll be scouting round for a new home to nest in any day now. The best place for a bird-box is high up in a tree ideally, north facing, out of the sun, and with shrubs or branches to give them some cover.
Let me know if you have you have any tips for February gardening jobs, I’d love to hear from you if you live in other parts of the world.
More about growing sweet peas here,
Happy gardening, Jill