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The Ornamental Garden in November


Much of what can be done this month will be subject to weather and soil conditions.

If the the ground / soil becomes very wet or frozen, avoid walking on it, and delay the tasks in hand, till suitable conditions prevail.

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

At any time this month:

Mulch the borders with compost to improve and feed the soil.

Stand Patio pots on supports, e.g. bricks or purpose made supports to improve drainage.

When weather and soil condition allow, plant out Shrubs, Trees and Roses.

Divide congested perennials if not done earlier.

Week 45 - 3rd Nov to 9th Nov.

Plant out Parthenocissus.

Cut Achillea, Physostegia, Polygonatum, Verbascum down to ground level.

Prune / Tidy up established Parthenocissus.

Tie Kniphofia leaves together for winter protection.

Mulch Gunnera and Passiflora.

Week 46 - 10th Nov. to 16th Nov.

Re-pot containerised Lilies if necessary.

Continue to cut back herbaceous plants as they die back and place the leaves / stems on the Compost heap (if not diseased)

Week 47 - 17th Nov. to 23rd Nov.

If not done previously, lift Pelargoniums and prepare them for winter storage.

Week 48 - 24th Nov. to 30th Nov.

Protect Alpine plants if not done previously.

Complete any autumn pruning of bush Roses and top heavy standard roses to reduce the chances of wind damage.