What to do this month
Plant hellebores, prune summer clematis and watch out for late frosts. You can even start sowing seeds on a warm, sunny windowsill
Plant an alpine container this month to appreciate the delicate flowers and foliage. You can often find old stone troughs at reclamation yards for £100-£500; cheaper alternatives are made from hypertufa, reconstituted stone or even fibreglass. 1. Alpines need well-drained soil, so fill the trough with equal parts John Innes No.2 and coarse grit. 2. To create the look of a rocky slope, add larger stones and fill between them with your gritty compost mix to create planting pockets for smaller alpines. 3. Use a trowel to make holes in the compost. Tip plants carefully from their pots and gently tease out the roots. Pop them in the holes and firm them in. 4. Water them, then cover the surface with grit to help water drain away from plant crowns to prevent rotting.