Episode 10: Gardening Jobs and Plants of Interest for January

Episode 10: Gardening Jobs and Plants of Interest for January

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A look back at the history of the PlantAdvice website and podcast, our plant of the month; the Christmas Rose - Helleborus niger, perfect pairing (2 plants that go well together); Acer davidii and Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’ and jobs to do in the garden this month.

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In this month’s edition of the podcast we discuss seasonal gardening jobs to do in the garden during the month of January and a selection of plants that look good at this time of year.

We also take a quick look back at the first six months of this podcast and how and why we decided to set-up this website in the first place.

Plant of the Month - 10' 24"

Our plant of the month for January is Helleborus niger also known as the Christmas Rose.

  • Height 30cm, spread 50cm
  • Hardy perennial, likes partial shade; good for a woodland garden
  • Average growth
  • Soil: Moist, well drained loam
  • Flowers from January to April, white saucer-shaped flowers
  • Evergreen, mid-dark green leathery leaves

Perfect Pairing - 14' 11"

For the month of January we've picked two plants that compliment each other:

Acer davidii – Snake Bark Maple

  • Average growing suitable for medium sized garden
  • 15m tall, 15m spread
  • Full sun/partial shade, moist, well drained
  • Flowers: Yellow, Apr & May
  • Vertically striped green-and-white bark
  • Shelter from cold winds
  • Clusters of pink-brown autumn fruit
  • Colourful autumn foliage

Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’ – Double Snowdrop

  • Ideal to under plant the Acer davidii for some much needed winter colour
  • Average growing, hardy snowdrop
  • 30cm tall, 8cm spread
  • Full sun, Partial shade, moist, well drained loam soil
  • Flowers: double pure white pear-shaped flowers with green-tipped inner petals, Jan to Feb
  • Grey-green leaves
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Jobs in the Garden - 20' 07"

  • If heavy snow falls, shake off branches of trees & shrubs to prevent snapping under weight
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Plant bare root trees and shrubs
  • Feed the birds
  • Check existing tree stakes and ties, make sure they are not too tight and digging into the bark of the tree. Remove any stakes that are no longer needed
  • Get lawnmower serviced and blade sharpened
  • Look through seed catalogues and decide what you would like to grow from seed when spring arrives
  • Wisteria pruning

In the Vegetable Garden - 22' 08"

  • Sow inside: Peppers
  • Plant out: Rhubarb crowns
  • Harvest: Leeks Kale and Cabbage

Plants of Note - 22' 57"

Another two plants that we felt were worthy of note for this month are:

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’

  • Average growing, deciduous, hardy shrub
  • 3m tall, 2m spread
  • Full sun/partial shade, moist, well-drained soil
  • Flowers: dense clusters of fragrant pink on bare stems, Nov to Mar, long flowering period
  • Toothed, dark green leaves

Erica carnea f. alba ‘Whitehall’ - Winter Heath

  • Average growing, hardy, evergreen heather
  • 15cm tall, 30cm spread
  • Full sun/partial shade, moist, well-drained, prefers ericaceous soil
  • Flowers: white, urn shaped, Jan to Mar
  • Bright green foliage

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