It is also apple and pear pruning time, which is always a time-consuming job. It is important to note that you should leave any stone fruit like cherries, plums and gages until spring, as they are susceptible to a disease called Silverleaf if pruned in the winter.
Winter is also an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs as most of the deciduous varieties are dormant. Bare root planting for hedges and roses is now in full swing, and Nicholsons have a vast collection of trees, shrubs and hedging in stock. Our expert staff can offer the advice you need to make the right choice and, if needed, we can even plant them for you.
As to a colourless winter garden… Well, it doesn’t have to be!
I have already mentioned Hellebores, coming in a variety of forms and colours. Vicky Clifton, our Retail Plant Manager, has some great examples in stock in the Plant Centre. There are also some exciting winter flowering shrubs and trees, such as Jasmines, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ (Winter flowering cherry). These are all flowering now and look glorious!
For berries and fruit, I recommend any of the Pyracanthas, or Crab apples. Last (but not least), you can always look at colourful stem options such as Dogwoods or Cornus Sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’.