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This excellent shrub has bronze leaves when young, followed by pale pink flowers. However, the real treat comes in late autumn when the flowers give way to masses of dark violet berries.



Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you cannot, it is worth wrapping plants or pots in situ. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.

Direct Gardens offer a professional garden design service which is specifically tailored to your needs, providing shrub and planting advice, designs and planting plans, from a small area to a full-size garden.


We will work with you so you have something that meets your requirements, from the traditional cottage garden to a contemporary city garden.



Plant of the month - Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'




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Top 10 jobs for November


  1.     Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds     and beds
  2.     Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent  waterlogging
  3.     Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
  4.     Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
  5.     Plant out winter bedding
  6.     Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
  7.     Insulate outdoor containers from frost -  
        bubblewrap works well
  8.     Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using  grease     bands around the trunks
  9.     Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the
        garden
  10.     Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed -
         to dispose of  excess debris unfit for composting

Badger  -  Meles meles


Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Nuthatch Sitta europaea