Gardening tips for February

As the days begin to lengthen, early spring bulbs and Snowdrops start to colour the bare earth, a sign that spring is tantalisingly close. These longer days mean you can enjoy a little more time in the garden, finishing any winter jobs before the garden awakes.

Terrace Garden

  • Plant pots of Lilies for a fragrant summer display. Visit your local Dobbies Garden Centre for a wide choice of easy to grow Lilies and other summer flowering bulbs.
  • Plant pots, hanging baskets and window boxes with a cheerful display of early season Primroses, Violas and potted bulbs to brighten the dullest of days.
  • One of the most economical way to fill your tubs and baskets with colour this coming summer, is to grow your own bedding plants from young plants, pre-ordered online for direct delivery to your home in early spring or chosen from our comprehensive range in-store now. Plant up immediately into small pots to grow on in a warm frost-free greenhouse or conservatory.
  • We are pleased to be working closely with Jersey Direct Plants to offer an extensive range of young plants available exclusively online, in a range of plug and pack sizes to suit your needs. Larger pack sizes are perfect for sharing with fellow gardening friends.
  • Beware of slippery paths and terraces, taking care to remove algae from garden paths, particularly prevalent in wet, shady conditions.

Beds and Borders

  • Winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering can be pruned now.
  • Towards the end of the month start to prune summer flowering shrubs, such as Buddleia, Lavatera and hardy Fuchsias.
  • Hard prune Cornus and Salix grown for their vibrant stem colour to encourage strong new stems for next winter.
  • Deciduous grasses left uncut for their winter display can be cut back now to make way for fresh new seasons growth. Brush or gently rake through growth of evergreen grasses to remove dead foliage.
  • Continue to plant new hedges, trees and shrubs whilst they are still dormant. Take a look at our comprehensive range of British grown trees and hedging plants, available online for direct delivery from the nursery to your home.
  • Likewise, where soil conditions allow, take this opportunity to move any established trees and shrubs before the new season starts.
  • Before spring growth starts, top-dress your borders with a layer of mulch, to help prevent weeds as well as to give your plants a spring boost.

Cottage Garden

  • Clumps of Snowdrops that have finished flowering can be lifted now while they are still ‘in the green’, carefully split into smaller clumps, each then replanted to the same depth in their newly chosen positions to naturalise in time into spectacular drifts.
  • Prune Wisteria now. Side-shoots shortened as part of their summer pruning, should be cut back to 2 or 3 buds to encourage strong flower buds.
  • Hardy annuals such as Nigella, Cerinthe and Calendula can be sown now, in gaps where they are intended to flower.
  • Cut back stems of late summer and autumn flowering Clematis to the lowest pair of strong buds. Top dress with mulch and feed for the new season.
  • Finish cutting back faded cottage garden perennials to allow light through to newly emerging shoots.
  • Now is great time to plant new Roses. Visit your local store for our widest ever range, including David Austin English Roses for unbeatable garden performance. We are also proud to offer a comprehensive range of David Austin English Roses for direct delivery to your home

Fruit Garden

  • Cut spent canes of autumn fruiting Raspberries to the floor to encourage new stems to grow in their place.
  • Freshly potted Raspberry canes are available for planting now in a wide range of delicious varieties. Where room allows select 2 or 3 varieties for a succession of ready to pick berries from early summer to autumn.
  • Finish pruning Apple and Pear trees now, creating an open goblet shape with no rubbing or crossing branches.
  • Prune soft fruit bushes, such as Gooseberries and Blackcurrants, to maintain an open framework.
  • Take a look at our comprehensive range of British grown Soft Fruit and Fruit Trees available in-store or for delivery direct from the nursery to your home.

Vegetable Garden

  • Dig vegetable beds, removing all weeds and incorporating plenty of compost as you go. To help the soil to warm up quicker ready for spring planting, consider covering prepared beds with sheets of black plastic. These will also help to keep the soil drier, for easier spring sowing.
  • If you are planning to grow Potatoes, visit your local Dobbies Garden Centre to choose from our extensive range of Scottish grown Seed Potatoes. Start them into growth by ‘chitting’ them now in readiness for planting in around a months time. The easiest way to do this is to stand them in an egg box, eyes uppermost, in a light frost free shed or garage to encourage new shoots to form. 


  • Spring clean your greenhouse or cold frames with mild detergent. Wash empty pots and seed trays ready for new sowings, rinsing well before use.
  • Sow Sweet Peas under cover now to make strong plants ready for planting out in time for Easter. Soak seeds for 24 hours in tepid water prior to sowing to help speed up germination, allowing 2 seeds per root trainer or deep pot.
  • Browse our wide range of freshly delivered seeds or visit your local Dobbies Garden Centre, selecting your chosen varieties before the spring rush.

Plants at their best

Rhododendron Praecox, Thuja 'Rheingold'
Contorted Hazel
Lenten Rose
Silktassel Bush
Elephant's Ears
Clematis Armandii

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