January in the garden and don't forget the hedging

What to do during January in your garden and greenhouse.

Your monthly gardening checklists


  • Plant bare-root or potted roses, shrubs, hedging and ornamental trees, as long as the ground isn't frozen
  • Take root cuttings of fleshy-rooted perennials such as oriental poppies, acanthus and verbascums
  • Establish new colonies of snowdrops and hellebores by buying plants in flower, so you can choose the prettiest blooms
  • Clear away soggy, collapsed stems of perennials and compost them
  • Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs, such as forsythia, willow and viburnum
  • Remove and bin hellebore foliage marked with black blotches, to limit the spread of leaf spot disease
  • Press mistletoe berries into the bark of apple trees to establish your own mistletoe plants
  • Check that small alpines don't become smothered by fallen leaves and other wind-blown debris
  • Deadhead winter pansies and other bedding regularly, and remove any foliage affected by downy mildew
  • Move dormant plants that are in the wrong place to more suitable sites
  • Continue pruning roses even when dormant.
  • Check for mould on stored bulbs and tubers