It’s Time For Planting
By March it’s all go again, dividing and moving snowdrops, cleaning paving, planting barerooted roses, dividing perennials, cutting back dogwoods and sowing seeds. In the veg garden, David sows broad beans and plants out onion sets, and the first potatoes go in towards the end of the month. ◆ Though all the perennials were cut down to make way for new growth, I always leave ornamental grasses until March before cutting them back. Some can be divided now. These are the cool season grasses, including Japanese forest grass and carex. The warm season grasses – such as miscanthus and pennisetum – should only be divided in late spring when they are in active growth. The finest of all, Stipa gigantea or golden oat grass, doesn’t like being split so can take a while to recover. ◆ I try and get the borders totally weed-free before the end of April. Putting on a deep mulch when the soil is moist means that I have little weeding to do for the rest of the season. I like using chipped wood as it lasts a long time and is nice to walk on. Once that’s done the garden is all set, just waiting for that explosion of colour. I’ll be back in spring with lots of inspiration for you to make the most of your garden.
Japanese Forest Grass Golden Oat Grass