Preparing for Winter Chills

In November there is still a lot to enjoy in the garden – the last autumn leaves, glossy berries and bright winter stems bring colour as the days shorten. In the veg garden there harvests of root crops and brassicas to bring in. You can still plant too, whether it is tulip bulbs or bare-root shrubs and trees. But there is also a time to put the garden to bed – tidying up, storing tender plants, clearing the greenhouse – before the inevitable wet, cold weather of early winter arrives.

Key tasks:


  • Cyclamen – for blooms next winter
  • Hardy broad beans – under cloches


  • Bare-root hedging, roses, trees, and shrubs
  • Garlic
  • Tulip bulbs – if you have not already



  • Autumn-fruiting raspberries
  • Deciduous trees and shrubs
  • Fruit bushes – once dormant
  • Grapevines



  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach

4 Star Plants for November

  1. Berberis thunbergia

Boost your boarders with the bright berries of this attractive shrub.

(Flowers April – May)

  1. Dogwoods

Cornus with vibrant winter stems, such as red-hot ‘Sibirica’, set boarders aglow.

(Flowers May – June)

  1. Coronilla ‘Citrina’

Perfect for sunny, sheltered spot, this small evergreen shrub offers fragrant flowers.

(Flowers November – March)

  1. Clematis cirrhosa

Evergreen clematis such as ‘Freckles’ bloom bravely during the coldest months.

(Flowers November – February)

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