Not long ago nobody talked about winter bedding. Plants like wallflower were planted in the autumn along with bulbs to flower in spring. Milder winters have encouraged garden centres to sell plants such as pansies in flower as suitable for winter. But however good they look under cover once out of doors – hard spells can knock them back,though they do bounce back into bloom as spring approaches. To speed this up dead head the damaged flowers.
The hard frost most of Scotland had just before and after Christmas will have tested ‘hardy’ fuchsias and other borderline perennials. However sad they look leave them until spring then cut back to where new growth emerges.