Wrapping plants, feeding the birds and premature flowering: Nigel Colborn's jobs for your garden this week 

Wrapping plants, feeding the birds and premature flowering: Nigel Colborn's jobs for your

Winter has been gentle so far but severe cold is likely. Protect your pots by wrapping them in bubble wrap and prevent damage by keeping empty pots dry, keeping them somewhere sheltered outside.

Planning crops, moving trees and pruning: Nigel Colborn's jobs for your garden


Where shrubs have grown leggy and gaunt, you can restore their youth by brutal pruning. This applies to the fast-growing varieties of mock orange, berberis, lilacs and deutzias.

Time to brighten up! Bonny blooms will bring cheer and fragrance through winter

EBKF0M garland flower (Daphne cneorum), blooming plants

You may not believe it, but Britain enjoys the world's finest climate for gardening. Damp summers with long days and gentle winters help us to grow a wider range of plants than anywhere else.

Perfect partnerships: Create a carnival of colour by choosing clever plant pairings

B2AK4E hedge with David Austin rose Rosa Graham Thomas and Clematis Miss Bateman

Never judge a plant on its own. What matters is how well it works with its nghbours - so said a wise old gardener when, as a cheeky youngster, I was rude about one of his dahlias.

Hail the hydrangea: These hardy, low-maintenance stalwarts add charming colour well into November 


We joined the family on holiday in Cornwall last month. It rained a lot - it often does in Cornwall - but we enjoyed a beautiful day in Boscastle. The sapphire sea was enchanting.


Add a dash of spice: Salvias will pep up your plot with brilliant colour until October

Chelsea Plant of the Year contender Salvias will keep colour until October

Hot contender for Chelsea Plant of the Year 2015 was a salvia called Love And Wishes. To my surprise, the judges placed it third, but despite that (and the drippy name) it is going to be popular. Showy purple-red flowers with hooked petals and dark calyces are set off by handsome foliage on substantial 80cm plants. Flowering lasts from May to October and, although not fully hardy, the plants are easy to propagate and quick to mature. Salvia Love And Wishes was exhibited by Dysons Nurseries (dysonsalvias.com) and bred in Australia, but the plant's forebears are from Central and South America, where the best of the world's 900 salvia species grow.

How plants in the office help workers to flourish: Greenery in the workplace can increase production by 15%

Benefits: Psychologists found that introducing greenery to spartan workplaces led to a 15 per cent rise in output

Staff said the air quality had improved when plants were introduced to a workplace. This may be because foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air.

Guy Hands 'weighing up options' for Wyevale garden centres after surge in profits

Cashing in: Britons spend more time gardening and spending in its restaurants and coffee shops

The chain is owned by Guy Hands' private equity business Terra Firma, which is understood to be looking at various options including a refinancing of its debt.

Twice as quackers! Gardener grows not one but TWO tomatoes shaped just like rubber ducks 

George Wall, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, picked the bizarrely-shaped fruit forming from a tomato plant in his back garden.