gifts for gardeners

Winter protection helps roses survive winter. (Garden Making photo)

Hilling roses

Garden Making

Hilling roses isn’t meant to protect the wood above ground, but to ensure the vulnerable bud union won’t be exposed to severe freezing. Leaves can be good for hilling roses, providing you can keep them in place around the shrub.

Colourful oakleaf hydrangeas worth the risk

Judith Adam

Oakleaf hydrangeas have interesting foliage, quite like enlarged oak leaves in shape, and with a thick texture. What’s more, when grown in half-day sun or more, the leaves take on a palette of rose to burgundy hues in the autumn, holding onto the shrub for several weeks as the colours deepen.