Preparing your Winter Garden

1st September - 31st December 10:00am - 6:00pm

The Garden Team are busy preparing the lawns and borders ahead of winter. We asked Head Gardener James Cross for his advice on getting your garden ready ahead of the coldest months of the year.

  1. Start on your lawn in September or October. Scarify. Remove any dead grass with a suitable lawn rake and then apply an autumn feed. Keep the lawn free from falling leaves to avoid any yellowing. You should also aerate using a border fork to improve drainage and aeration.

  2. Prepare any new borders whilst the weather is still good and the ground dry enough for carrying out changes. You can split and then replant perennials until early November.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  3. Cut yew and box hedges in October. Cutting late in the season means that they keep their shape well into the following summer. Here at the Palace, we often cut yew in the winter, during milder spells.

  4. Keep weeding! Autumns are getting warmer, so watch out for late seeding weeds. Leave seed-heads and perennials as long as possible before clearing, they can contain good structure and add interest in the darkest and dullest months. This will also benefit birds and wildlife.                                                                                                                             

  5. Plant some winter interest like Cornus for colour, Hamamelis for scent and mid -winter colour. Mahonias, Chimonanthus and Daphnes are also exciting and beautifully scented additions.