Winter in the garden…

Even in the growing cold, there’s still life outside, and much work to be done so that your plants and flowers can be cared for. Besides being a time for planning next year’s garden, work outside continues – whether it is checking cold-weather protection, sowing seeds that need the frost, or pruning shrubs and climbers, there’s still plenty to do before the spring.

Scroll to read our main tips and advice for winter gardening, or visit us in store for more advice and gardening supplies.

You can also click the button below to use Fosseway’s Plant Finder.

Top 10 things to do this December

Plants growing in winter snow
  1. Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
  2. Check that greenhouse heaters are working
  3. Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
  4. Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those on walls)
  5. Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
  6. Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
  7. Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
  8. Take hardwood cuttings
  9. Keep mice away from stored produce
  10. Reduce watering of houseplants
Man planting out young plant


Winter flower
  • Sow alpines from seed
  • Continue to cut back faded perennials for composting
  • In mild areas, lift and divide herbaceous perennials
  • Check winter protection is still in place for tender plants outdoors
  • Root cuttings e.g. of perennial poppies and mullein can be taken
  • Clear up weedy beds for spring mulching
Crocuses purple

Trees and shrubs

Autumn flowering hedge shrubs
  • Protect newly planted trees, hedges and shrubs from cold winds and frosts
  • Continue to plant, prune and renovate bare-root deciduous hedging plants and trees
  • Tie wall shrubs and climbers to their supports
  • Take hardwood cuttings of ornamental shrubs
  • Care for your Christmas tree
Moving tree in autumn

‘Together we can grow…’

Seeds galore…

What would a trip to Fosseway be without a visit to our famous seed wall?

From our World Kitchen selection of exotic fruits and vegetables, to the Royal Horticultural Society’s brand, to the ever-popular Mr. Forthergill’s, we have seed so you can sow and grow whatever crop or flower you can imagine.

Take a trip down to Fosseway to buy some today, to explore your imagination and the limits of your gardening.

Sowing, planting, and maintenance

Plant pots terracotta slate and red

Here at Fosseway we have a wide range of pots, troughs, and other receptacles for you to plant your flowers in and display them beautifully.

We also carry multiple brands of high-quality soil and mulch.

For more information on plant protection and maintenance, see our Garden Care page.

The Potting Bench

Potting Bench for houseplants and planting Fosseway

The Potting Bench is Fosseway’s newest addition to the Plant Area.

Whether it’s planted containers, potting on, or general horticultural advice that you’re after, be sure to stop by and speak to any of our lovely, knowledgeable staff today.

We also specialise in hanging baskets, which can be customised and made to order.

Hanging basket spring


Succulents and cactuses houseplants Fosseway

Even if you are short on room or lack outdoor space, gardening is still an option here at Fosseway!

We have a growing selection of houseplants on offer: from marvellous succulents, to exotic orchids and spider plants. Come down to purchase a beautiful indoor plant today.

Orchid houseplant Fosseway

Get involved with the Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS is a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. They want to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

Click on the images below to find out more.

RHS School Gardening
RHS Britian in Bloom
RHS National Gardening Week