February

General Tasks

  • Continue digging over beds and borders.
  • Tackle annual weeds before they take hold.
  • Warm up the ground with cloches for early sowing.
  • Store or heel in newly arrived plants in bad weather.


Gardening in Winter

What to do in the Garden in February

Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

Milder and lengthening days, start to herald the first small signs of spring. Although the weather may still be cold and wet, sometimes freezing, snowdrops start to join with sweet violets and bright crocuses as the first signs of colour in the garden.

The sap will soon be rising, and certain shrubs and climbers will need pruning this month if they are to flower their best later in the year. Hedges can be planted now, to give the garden a green frame, and some early vegetables can be sown outdoors.

If you have dug over the ground in early winter, it will now be time to begin breaking it down to a fine tilth ready for sowing - hopefully the frost will have done most of the work for you. It is best to finish off any digging that still needs to be done, as the busy month of March will soon be upon us.

Continue firming any plants lifted by frost and begin trimming established hedges.

Use any spare cloches to warm the ground for seed sowing or alternatively cover the ground with plastic sheeting.

Time spent digging borders, planting hedges, shrubs and herbaceous plants now will ensure you are less busy in March, when the spring rush really begins.

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Gardens to Visit

UK gardens open in February include:

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey

Extensive gardens and parkland, with avenues of trees. Magnificent displays of spring bulbs - most renowned for its show of snowdrops.
Location: Cambridgeshire

Duthie Park

Noted for its spectacular winter gardens. Several conservatories filled with exotic plants, collections of cactus, birds and fish. Also Japanese garden, alpines and water features.
Location: Aberdeen

Ness gardens

Liverpool University Botanic gardens. Winter garden and heathers, plus superb collections of lime-hating shrubs.
Location: Cheshire

Rosemoor Garden RHS

Wide variety of plants and themed gardens including alpines, herbs, bog garden, herbaceous borders and roses.
Location: Devon