1. Don’t leave any plants standing. This allows you to put the garden to bed and gives you access to pruning in the later months. 2. Protect your garden with trees and internal hedging. This is how the walled garden at Crathes has its own micro-climate. It allows flowers to bloom later in the year than you might expect. 3. Try adding a bit of contrast in your garden – formal landscaping mixed with mature plants and trees is what makes Crathes Castle’s gardens so charming. It also keeps the wildlife happy.