Take care of your terracotta pots this winter and they'll last you for many, many years. We sell handsome clay planters to suit a range of styles in the garden in our garden centre, from beautifully ornate traditional vases and urns to pared-down models with clean lines and understated chic. All are frost-proof and will get through the winter without shattering in the cold – but to extend their life as much as possible, follow our five-point care plan:
Look after your Christmas roses to keep them at their best right through the festive season. The large pure white flowers of Helleborus niger are a real tonic in the chilliest months of the year. Despite the name, they usually flower in late December to early January and make a wonderfully charming companion to the earliest bulbs such as grape hyacinths, palest blue Chionodoxa, winter aconites and of course snowdrops.
Prune your blackcurrants to keep them healthy, vigorous and productive and guarantee heavy crops of those mouthwateringly plump jet-black berries next summer.
If you don't have blackcurrants already in your garden, you'll find plenty of varieties to choose from on sale in our garden centre right now, from compact, reliable 'Ben Connan' to the upright, heavy-yielding 'Ben Lomond'. This month is just the right time to plant frui…
Ireland's 15th annual Garden Bird Survey starts on Monday, so dust off your binoculars and get outside to do a little birdwatching.
Over 1000 people participate in the survey each winter, recording the highest number of each species seen each week. This year you can register your findings online via the Birdwatch Ireland website (
December's plants of the month are the winterstems: those wonderful shrubs and trees which brighten our borders even after every last leaf has fallen and the frost is hard on the ground.
Stems are often an afterthought in choosing a plant, well behind flowers, foliage and fruit. But at this time of year they are revealed as the fine bone structure of the garden, and you begin to really appreciate their beauty.
What to do in the garden in December:
Clear, frosty days make you glad to be alive, and the garden has a lovely, pared-down beauty at this time of year. Get outside and discover a winter paradise with our jobs to do this month.
Rejuvenate overgrown deciduous hedges cutting back about 30cm lower than the height you want to allow for new growth.<…
Give your grasses some TLC as they go over into winter and you'll save yourself a job in the spring, as well as keeping your winter garden neat and tidy.
Not all grasses need attention in winter: some, in fact, come into their own at this time of year. Leave the tall, stately flowerheads of Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' on the plant for as long as possible to let the frost rime it prettily in cold weather. Other grasses w…Read more...
Plant new hedges from this month, as the plants are dormant and will hardly know they've been moved. When they wake up in spring they'll race away to grow into a sturdy, elegant backdrop providing invaluable shelter for your garden.
In our garden centre you'll find a wide range of hedging plants available in all sizes. Smaller plants are an economical solution for long runs of hedging, while larger specimens are the best bet for instant results.Read more...
There's still a chance to see Artists' Gardens, an inspiring installation of urban gardens created just for this year as part of Derry Londonderry's year as City of Culture.
Irish-born Katie Holten, Derry resident Locky Morris and internationally-renowned artists Ackroyd & Harvey have taken over neglected spaces in the city and transform them into thought-provoking small outside spaces.
Katie Holten's garden, in the courtyard o…Read more...