Plant ever­green shrubs for colour

Bring bright­ness to the win­ter plot with some lively plant­ing

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The beauty of plant­ing now is that plants get well es­tab­lished and ma­ture be­fore next year, with all the mois­ture and good qual­ity, im­proved soil needed for good growth. And to in­ject a bit of life in the gar­den now, your shrubs needn’t be all one colour green, or with­out any leaves un­til next year – bring some brightly coloured ev­er­greens (or ‘ever-pinks’, ‘ever-yel­lows’ or ever-reds!) into the fold now and your gar­den will sparkle in the cold sea­son.

Sim­ply dig a wide, square hole and fork over the bot­tom a lit­tle for good drainage. Sprin­kle some Root­grow for good root sys­tem es­tab­lish­ment and set the plant in, wa­ter­ing it well. It’s easy to think we have good rain in au­tumn, but it’s of­ten sur­pris­ing how long it can be be­tween rain show­ers, so en­sure these shrubs are wa­tered reg­u­larly. Those planted in pots, of course, need more water than those in the ground. It can be com­mon for pot­ted ev­er­greens to get just as droughtrid­den as in sum­mer due to sparse rain­fall; be vig­i­lant and top them up. Use John Innes No 3 com­post to house con­tainer ev­er­greens.

Be­low are a se­lec­tion of colour­ful char­ac­ters to in­tro­duce into your per­ma­nent plant­ing scheme, for bands of colour to ad­mire all year long.

Ev­er­greens don’t have to be all green! Add colour­ful leaves in place of flow­ers now

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