January is the time to plan the gardening year to come

January brings us the shortest and coldest days of the year, the perfect excuse to curl up in front of the fire with your ipad and a pile of inspirational seed and plant catalogues, making plans for the coming gardening year. On dry, sunny days, escape into the garden to make a head start on jobs in readiness for the lengthening days of early spring.

Garden Room

  • Pot up Amaryllis bulbs received as Christmas gifts. Bring into active growth with regular watering ready to put on a fabulous display of flower in early spring.
  • Once all the decorations come down, the house can look a little bare. Visit your local garden centre to choose a new season houseplant to revitalise your home. Chose from our range of fragrant flowering plants, handsome foliage plants or cheerful primroses in a rainbow of colour shades.

Terrace Garden

  • Start thinking about your bedding displays for the coming summer. The most economical way is to grow your own plants from young plugs, ordered online for direct delivery to your home. Plant up immediately into small pots to grow on in a warm frost-free greenhouse or conservatory. If you have spare plugs left over, why not share with friends or gardening clubs. 
  • Summer Flowering Bulbs are in-store in early January. Easy to grow and for very little effort the results are very rewarding. On mild days plant Lily bulbs in pots to fill your patio with their heady fragrance.

Beds and Borders

  • If you purchased a pot grown Christmas tree this year, with the aim of growing it on, for best chance of success be sure to transplant it into the garden as soon as possible after the festivities. Water regularly until established.
  • On frost free days take the opportunity to prune deciduous trees and shrubs to create the desired shape and framework for the coming seasons.
  • As weather allows, now is the perfect time to plant new trees and hedges, creating welcome structure and boundaries to your garden. See Dobbies.com for our extensive range available for direct delivery from the nursery to your home.
  • If you are planning on moving any plants in your garden it's best to do it now when they're still dormant, before they put on lots of spring growth.
  • In the event of heavy snowfall, use a broom to gently brush snow off prized conifers, topiary and evergreen shrubs, which can snap and break under its weight.

Cottage Garden

  • Hellebores are full of bud now ready to reveal their welcome flowers. Carefully cut off the foliage to the base to show the flowers in all their glory.
  • If weather allows, 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 on Dobbies.com for direct delivery to your home.
  • Continue to cut back and tidy faded cottage garden perennials. Leave grasses and seed heads for their architectural interest, particularly beautiful on frosty mornings, but also to feed winter birds and shelter overwintering insects.
  • Sow Sweet Peas under cover now to make strong plants ready for planting out in time for Easter. Sow 2 seeds per root trainer or deep pot, keeping an eye out for mice, which have a penchant for germinating pea seed.

Fruit Garden

  • Apple and Pear trees can be pruned now, creating an open goblet shape with no rubbing or crossing branches.
  • Our widest range of British grown Soft Fruit and Fruit Trees are available for planting now. See Dobbies.com for details of our comprehensive range available in store or for delivery direct from the nursery to your home.
  • Start forcing Rhubarb now for the earliest sweetest stems. The traditional way is by using a beautiful ornamental terracotta forcer, lined with straw for extra warmth, but equally a black bucket placed over the top will do.

Vegetable Garden

  • Potatoes and onion sets arrive in store this month. Visit your local Dobbies Garden Centre to choose from our extensive range of Scottish Grown Potatoes, ready for chitting now in a light, frost free shed or garage.
  • Dig over vacant plots and leave rough for frost to break down.
  • Browse our wide range of freshly delivered vegetable seeds, on-line and in-store, selecting your chosen varieties before the spring rush.

Lawn Care

  • Where possible, avoid walking on the lawn in the coldest frosty weather.
  • If after heavy rain, water sits in puddles on the lawn, spike with a garden fork to aid drainage.

General Tasks

  • Clean, sharpen and oil tools ready for the spring.
  • Wash pots and trays in readiness for new sowings.

Plants at their best

Christmas Box
Witch Hazel
Contorted Hazel
Christmas Rose
Winter flowering Honeysuckle
Silktassel Bush
Viburnum tinus vars