Spring has Sprung!

Now that we have moved from the long dark days of Winter to the brightening days of Spring, these February Gardening Tips will help you get shaping your garden for the fruits of the seasons ahead!

Early in February

Continue planting trees, shrubs and perennials if conditions are suitable.

Plant shallot sets. (in colder areas start them off in pots of compost in a cold frame)

Look after garden birds by providing food and water.

In heated greenhouses sow antirrhinums, begonia semperflorens, verbenas and pansies for summer bedding. Otherwise buy seedlings or baby bedding plants to grow on.

Sow sweet pea seeds, growing them on in a cold greenhouse or frame.


Mid February

Complete pruning of apples, pears and soft fruits.

Prune Clematis that have their main flowering period from July onwards, back hard.

Cut back dead stems of herbaceous perennials to ground level.

Stock up on pots, labels, twine and other quickly consumed sundries before the season gets into full swing.

Prune back old, woody Mahonia stems to keep the plants bushy.

Buy Begonia and Dahlia tubers, as well as other summer flowering bulbs.

Late February

Divide herbaceous perennials.

Check wall trained plants to see if they require watering – it can be very dry at the base of a wall.

In heated greenhouses sow dianthus, lobelia, ageratum, and multi-bloom geraniums for summer bedding.

Dig up divide and re-plant overcrowded clumps of snowdrops.

Prune winter jasmine by trimming back shoots that have flowered.

Sow summer cauliflower in seed trays under glass.


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February Gardening Tips were compiled by the horticultural team at The Pavilion