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November in the Garden

November in the Garden,

Ken Cox on the best plants to be planting this month


The Winter Garden: Scented winter shrubs

Many winter flowering shrubs have small sweetly scented flowers: why not create a small scented winter garden using Viburnum, Hamamelis, Sarcococca and contrast them with the red winter stems of dogwood.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'Shrubs Viburnum bodnantense Dawn

Hardiness H4-5  Height 2-3m. A wonderful winter flowering deciduous shrub which can flower on and off for months all winter. The sweetly-scented, long lasting pink to white flowers open during mild periods from November to February. Any reasonable soil in a sunny or partly shaded site.


Viburnum tinus

This popular compact evergreen is one of the most widely grown winter flowering shrubs. Hardniess H4-5 (height 1.5-3m) one of the most reliable winter-flowering shrubs, a fine dense, evergreen species with plentiful small white flowers in late autumn to early spring and blue-black berries. Pretty tough, but may be damaged in coldest inland gardens . Flowers best in sun but tolerant of some shade, and good in coastal areas. If grown in a container, protect the roots by wrapping the container in very cold weather.


Shrubs Sarcococca hookerianaSarcococca (Christmas Box)

Visitors to Glendoick in winter who visit our greenhouse in the plant area will soon be met with the sweet smell of Christmas Box. This popular evergreen small shrub or ground cover has a mass of small white sweetly scented flowers opening in midwinter, on a spreading. It has occasional black fruit in summer and is useful for its tolerance of dry shade. Plant it near the door of the house and you'll smell it every time you pass.



When all else is frozen, one old faithful in winter-early spring is the Hamamelis with its frost-resistant flowers. The curious spidery or string-like ribbons of yellow, orange or red petals are held on bare branches, and most yellow forms are scented. The more or less oval, ribbed leaves often turn to fine oranges and yellows in autumn. Hamamelis need moist well-drained soil in sun or part shade, with some wind shelter. Watch out for suckers from the rootstock and remove these.  In mild winters, they can open as early as November, but typically by January to February they are at their peak.  (Hardiness H5) Height to 3-5m.

 Shrubs Hamamelis  (1)


MahShrubs Mahonia x mediaonias are striking statuesque shrubs with evergreen holly-like leaves with sharply toothed leaves. They have yellow, slightly fragrant flowers in upright racemes, November- March. Young leaves flushed reddish. Useful for its evergreen winter foliage, winter flowers and will grow in quite dry conditions. (Hardiness H4-5 Size will grow to 3-5 x 3-5m)





Skimmias are very popular winter interest evergreens, mound-forming,  and good in containers. They like moist but well-drained acidic soil, and in the garden, grow best in some shade. The most popular are males with masses of tiny flowers. Both male and female varieties are required for the red or yellow berries, except in the case of the self-fertile S. reevesiana. For good berrying in the garden best to plant a mix of several varities.


 Shrubs Skimmia Rubella and Kew Green


Autumn colour

This is the month for the last Autumn colour: this is best in dry sunny crisp autumns so this year is looking good so far. Choose from maples, deciduous azaleas, Cotinus and other trees and shrubs which colour up well. You'll find lots of wonderful and inspiring autumn foliage in our under cover plant area


Autumn Berries:                                                                             

Trees Sorbus berries, various

Cotoneaster, Pernettya, Pyracantha and lots more. Wildlife depend on berries for much of their food in Autumn and the garden is an ideal place to provide berries to eat. Sorbus (rowans), pyracantha, cotoneaster, pernettya are just some of the berrying trees and shrubs in stock now.





Soft Fruit

Autumn and early Spring are the best time to plant soft fruit. 

Raspberries, Blueberries, currants and gooseberries.


Bare rooted hedging

This is the time of year to plant barerooted hedging. This comes in pots of 5 or 10 plants for £19.99 and arrive in early November. Chose from

Crataegus Monogyna (Hawthorn), Hedging

Blackthorn (sloes) hedging.



Fagus Sylvatica (beech- green), Hedging

Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea (beech (copper),

Privet Ligustrum Ovalifolium (privet), green and variegated

Rosa Rugosa (rose).

We can also supply Leylandii (to order) and Taxus    yew

Bulbs, Bedding and Indoor Plants

 bulbs Daffodil field

Bulbs:  tulips and last chance for daffodils

November is the ideal month for planting daffodils and tulips. In store now but hurry…


Amaryllis or Hippeastrum is a tender bulb for growing in a pot indoors. Bulbs should flower six-eight weeks after plantin. Plant from October-January. Plant (using multipurpose or John Innes compost) into pots a little larger than the bulb itself. Two-thirds of the bulb should remain above the surface. Place in a well-lit spot at 21°C (70°F) (comfortable home temperature). Water sparingly until the new leaves develop and then start watering regularly. Do not let the compost dry out, but avoid excess water collecting in the saucer. Turn the pot regularly to prevent the flower stalk growing towards the light. Cultivars with large flowers should be staked. When in flower, move the plant to a cooler place, about 15–18°C (60-65°F), to extend the flowering period 

Bedding Cyclamen Tianis and Metis

Cyclamen (Miracle type) Pentland plants - Copy - Copy

These are semi hardy cyclamen which can stay outdoors in Autumn is you protect them from hard frosts. Red, pink or white, masses of flowers for weeks. Don’t let them get too wet.


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