Month by month in the garden
Start a brilliant and wild garden at any time of year (when the ground’s not frozen). Here’s what to expect…
Spring can be a mixture of cold, wintry days and warm sunny ones. In early spring, shoots will appear around the crowns of plants marking their spots in the soil. Below ground, as the soil temperature increases, plants will start to spread their roots. The first bulbs push up followed by the earliest perennial flowers. At the end of spring the whole garden soars.
In summer, the garden is full of shapes, with plants in flower and jostling for space, weaving together and reaching for the skies. Bumblebees, hoverflies and ladybirds fly from bloom to bloom. The first grasses appear with pinprick flowers while others are leafing up.
As the weather cools, the colours in the garden become more muted. Petals drop and the flowers transform to sharply defined seedheads.
Grasses bleach, seedheads blacken in a garden turned monochrome. Frosty weather makes everything sparkle. Despite the short dark days and freezing temperatures, winter is the season of renewal with the chilly weather preparing the garden for a new cycle of growth. As the first green shoots appear at the end of winter, it’s time to cut every plant back to soil level to grow again.