December Gardening Tips

It has been such a lovely long autumn for gardening, we took advantage of the kind weather and planted lots of bulbs in our garden at home, so we are looking forward to a lively burst of early colour come next spring.

Now, all of a sudden it is December and Christmas is upon us. Time to bring the outside in and choose a real Christmas tree. I like a real tree because it is so tactile, scented and colourful. We go for a Nordmann fir due to the reduced needle drop. Remember to cut a little piece from the bottom of the stem before you bring it into the house, as you would with cut flowers, and place it in a stand that holds water. Keep it away from radiators and other sources of heat and top up the water regularly. That way needle drop is minimised and your tree will look fantastic throughout the festive season..

This is the perfect time to enjoy some houseplants. Look out for foliage plants, which are right on trend at the moment. Larger plants will refresh any room while smaller ones can be planted in a terrarium if you are really a la mode. I still like a few colourful flowering plants around the place though. Choose bright Azaleas or Cyclamen for a cooler spot or a seasonal Poinsettia for a warm living room – technically the red bracts are modified leaves rather than flowers but enjoyable none the less. For scent consider a Jasmine or Stephanotis or some hyacinths.

Above all, I hope you have a really happy Christmas and that 2019 will be a good year for you.