The garden is now coming out of its autumn phase and heading into winter as plants go dormant, autumn colour fades away as all the leaves fall off and frost and snow is not far away.
The festive season is a time to relax and enjoy the benefits of our labour over the past year.
Herbaceous plants are traditionally grown in a long border with an evergreen hedge or shrubs behind them to create a dark background to set against the colourful flowers.
We are now in December so it is very hard to avoid festive thoughts on the run up to Christmas, as we ponder what gifts do you get for the keen gardener.
Gardening is a great way of keeping fit, explains gardening expert John Stoa
In my early training years to become a gardener we were taught how to garden by the book. There was a good practise guide for all crops and if you followed it precisely you would get exhibition standard results.
April flowers are dominated by daffodils in gardens, local authorities’ parks and open spaces and as cut flower in the home.
As the world moves on into an age of high technology, change and progress are happening at all levels.
We grow plants for their beauty, and taste when we want to consume them, but all plants have a desire for survival so to deter predators many have developed a massive array of poisons in roots, bark, leaves, stems, seeds and flowers.
Although the spring flowers are just getting started we still need to look ahead to a plan of action to make sure the summer flowers will put on a great show.