Gardening in December
By Paul Hervey-Brookes
If you are having a bonfire, check first to make sure that hedgehogs have not decided to bed down for the winter inside and gather round to warm up and enjoy the stars on clear evenings.
Jobs wise there is plenty to pull you out side in the day light hours too, as plants enter their dormant period and bright colours leave the garden add some interest with a winter hanging basket planted with ivy, ornamental sedge, crocus and primulas.
Plant up frost proof containers with winter pansies, asters and ornamental grasses. Add a twist with ornamental mustard plants, cabbage or kale.
Stone slabs, pathways and decking can become slippery and dangerous with the changes in the weather so ensure they are kept clear of algae growth. Major projects in the garden can be started now as the frosts will break down the soil and make it easier to dig. A gravel garden with a difference can be made by creating squares of edging infilled with Canterbury Spar decorative stone and a low clipped bob in the centre.
Alternatively create a Renaissance inspired patio using Ashbourne York Brown pavers, Old Riven Autumn Silver pavers and Scottish Cobbles laid with Layered Slate effect edging to define the different shapes. For more Renaissance ideas check out my download pack!
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