7 ideas to brighten up the November garden - and your life!

7 ways to set November alight as the clocks go back!

November brings its own share of challenges to the garden-lover. You might have to arouse your passion in order to overcome dreary surroundings. Drizzle, mist, frost and dark hours at both ends of the day contrive to banish garden activity to memory – apart from weekends and non-working days of course. Here's seven ideas to brighten up your life at this time of year!

Planning with pleasure

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Set the garden alight with flowers

Next, you might want to gaze at your garden through the gloom to see if anything is setting it alight. Are there splashes of sunshine glowing like embers in the November dusk? There are several plants that can appear to cast a welcoming glow, and perhaps none are better than Mahonia which is just approaching its peak season of loveliness. mahonia, garden, gardening, winter colour, yellow flowers, autumn garden, perfectplants.co.uk, flowers in winter, Mahonia not only brightens up shady spaces but the yellow flowers actually look like the rays of the sun too. The yellow spikes of Mahonia flowers are like rays of sunshine, beaming joy into dark corners and shady spots. What’s more, Mahonia is a wonderful plant for bees and insects which are trying to brave the outdoor elements at this time of year. The delightful scent of this evergreen shrub is reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley so don’t plant it too far from the house so that you can enjoy the heady aroma on days when the air is wafting your way.

Scents of the November garden

Then there’s scent, which reaches deep down into parts of the soul that arouse plant passion!  Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is now producing sugar-pink flowers with the most remarkable smell. It’s definitely worth having a winter for! And the spidery delights of witch hazel (Hamamelis) which appear on bare stems like the strangest alien creatures of your dreams also have the most remarkable perfume. Hamamelis, witch hazel, scented winter flowers, autumn garden, winter garden, flowering, gardening, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' is preparing to flower now - and it's definitely something to look forward to! You don’t even need to look in order to know if you have that most desirable creature of all: Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’. She spreads her enticing aroma across many metres of garden and is perhaps, the finest delight of the season. Daphne, Jacqueline postill, garden scent, scent in winter, winter garden, gardening, perfectplants.co.uk, Daphne 'Jacqueline Postill' is probably the most memorable scent you will ever encounter!

Crispy cornflake leaves are fun!

Another November delight not to be ignored is the opportunity to step outside and make the most of crispy leaves underfoot. This can be regarded as one of the most beautiful times of the year. The golden leaves are like cornflakes and low sunlight makes a wonderful spectacle as it shines through shrubs and trees. Get the kids outside and they will love what autumn has brought. outdoors in autumn, autumn leaves, crispy cornflakes, kids in the garden, november outdoors, gardening, leaves, golden, Kids love the autumn leaves!  

Plant plentiful bulbs!

Don’t miss the opportunity to plant bulbs – and lots of them! This is a great time to snap up some bargains as garden outlets sell off their unsold bulb stock. They will still grow and flower, provided they have been kept dry and cool. It’s the perfect time to plant tulips, which are some of the last to be plunged under the soil reader for a glorious spring display. Perhaps you can dream up a few unique colour combinations which will make your creation stand out from the crowd. planting bulbs, tulips, allium, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, autumn garden, spring flowering bulbs, Bulb planting time! It's a great way to look forward to spring.

Flashing, popping fireworks!

Finally, no November is complete without a few fireworks and this is a great reason to enjoy the outdoors. Step out to partake in some sort of firework fest, then enjoy traditional fireworks food including jacket potatoes, soup and mulled wine or spiced cider. The perfect accompaniment to the silvery season! fireworks, november, food and drink, mulled wine, spiced apple cider, jacket potatoes, autumn, Enjoy a glass of mulled wine or spiced cider; firework food such as jacket potatoes and your November will be great!

Fireside shopping

It’s never too early to indulge in a little garden-related festive shopping and one thing that most gardeners have in common is a love of plants and gardens. hoya, heart shaped, plants, gardeners, gifts, christmas, presents, buying gifts, love, perfectplants.co.uk, Gardeners love gardens. There are even plants shaped like hearts! November provides an opportunity to see what’s new and perhaps indulge in a few flowering fantasies Shopping for friends should be a pleasure, especially if they are garden lovers. gardening gloves, gifts for gardeners, perfectplants.co.uk, christmas, gifts, presents, 2017 xmas, Gardening gloves are always well-received as a gift. How about putting together a gardener's gift selection box? It’s a great month for snapping up some Christmas gifts whilst they are available. Gardeners’ gift kits containing twine, copper tape, plant markers, spare secateurs and gloves of course are always well received. Treat yourself to something too, you probably deserve it! gift, gardener's gift box, gifts for gardeners, christmas, xmas 2017, present, gardening, perfectplants.co.uk, A gardener's gift box would always make a great present for a garden lover at Christmas. www.perfectplants.co.uk - for all your gardening needs - and your friends too!