Instantly Impressive Ideas – December

January 28, 2022 | Monthly Gardening Advice


1. December Species

Our species of the month is our most popular selling evergreen species Cherry Laurel . Cherry Laurel is part of the Laurel family and it is a lovely evergreen plant that is perfect for hedging due to it’s big and dense leaves. Cherry Laurel produces modest white flowers in spring and red berries in autumn, but both are insignificant and really it is chosen for its vibrant foliage. Cherry Laurel cell grown and pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to late April/early May. Root Balls are available from mid-October to mid-April. Cherry Laurel growth rate is relatively fast at approx 30/60cm which makes it a very economical way to achieve a good height of evergreen hedge. It should be trimmed to shape in Spring or Autumn. Laurel is hardy and is very easy to grow, including in dense shade, but is not the most suitable choice for seaside gardens or very alkaline soil.

Meet our laurel family…

2. Gardening Advice

It is the perfect time to be planting your root ball hedging and to continue planting bare roots too. Make sure you are protecting these with rabbit guards and we also advise that you stick a few extra layers on when heading outside! For the deciduous trees, shrubs and hedges in your garden, this dormant season is the time to start pruning and renovating as it is easier to see what you are doing when the branches have no leaves. Suitable examples are: Fagus (beech)Corylus (hazel). Ensure any pruning of Acer and Betula is completed before the end of the year to avoid bleeding of sap from cuts. Exceptions to this are evergreens and tender plants as these are best left until spring. Prunus species like ornamental cherries for example are vulnerable to silver leaf disease when pruned in autumn or winter, so should also be left until the spring. Info taken from RHS.com

3. Gardening Design

Well of course this month we are obsessing over all things Christmas! Here is some inspiration for some Christmas display ideas you can try in the garden this month…

5. Impact Plants Story Of The Month

Wolverhampton's dancing binmen are hoping to bring the cheer at Christmas...

Wolverhampton's dancing binmenWolverhampton's dancing binmen
Click on the image to watch the full music video!

Raising smiles and laughter during lockdown.

Videos of Wolverhampton's dancing refuse collectors have been viewed millions of times.

Now they are hoping their track, Boogie Round The Bins At Christmas Time, will become a festive hit.

The trio are raising money for a local charity, yet to be named.

They have previously raised more than £3,000 for Compton Care, which provides support for families living with incurable conditions.

The track was released on streaming websites on Friday.

taken from BBC News