Antony's Garden January

Antony's Garden January

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There is already so much to see in the garden and its only beginning of January! The winter so far has been so mild but very wet which can be bad news for dormant perennials that like well-drained soil such as Agapanthus. Some Mediterranean shrubs also hate wet roots so fork around these to try to take the excess water away. I am going to follow my own garden through the seasons to show you some of my favourite  plants and how to look after them.

Here are my top 2 for early January:

Prunus serrula - Tibetan cherry

This is a fantastic deciduous tree with good autumn foliage colour and is ideal for small to medium-sized gardens. It has the most amazing ornamental bark that peels off exposing the coppery-brown young bark underneath. It also has pale pink/white flowers in early spring. This one was planted 5 years ago and loved it in my garden, I rub it every time I pass it.

Tip: Use a wet cloth or sponge to wipe the trunk to make it shine, I have rubbed olive oil onto mine which looks amazing too!


Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

The scent of this shrub is unbelievable, in my opinion every garden should have one! My Daphne was transplanted from the back garden to the front so we could smell the delicious fragrance every time we walk down the path to the front door. This is a hardy shrub that is evergreen and easy to grow, requiring very little maintenance.

Tip: Plant your Daphne where you can take advantage of its wonderful scent every day in winter.




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