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Diarmuid Gavin


Mulching the base of larger trees or moving smaller species indoors will help them to survive winter

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Clematis cirrhosa

Clematis cirrhosa

Violet Liriope muscari is among the treasures visible in the garden in winter

Violet Liriope muscari is among the treasures visible in the garden in winter

Hydrangeas in bloom

Hydrangeas in bloom

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Clematis cirrhosa

The December garden is a tranquil one — a welcome retreat from the hurly burly of the run-up to Christmas. Deciduous trees have mostly shed their leaves and herbaceous plants are dying back. Squirrels race busily to collect their bounty, and a robin hops impatiently, waiting for the gardener to fork over some earth and reveal some juicy worms.

There are still treasures. Some roses are valiantly blossoming until the last moment and ornamental grasses shimmer gold when the low winter light catches them. A flash of violet in the undergrowth reveals the flower spikes of Liriope muscari — a great ground cover for partial or full shade.


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