It’s all about preparation …

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Warming up your seedbeds will help to give your seeds a better start and it is possible to bring the growing season forward by laying clear polythene over any of your prepared beds.

This is also the last month in which you can plant bare-root fruit trees  – and you can plant container-grown ones too.

Make more plants

If you left Ornamental grasses and perennials for winter interest, now is the time to cut them back to help make way for new growth. You can also cut off old leaves on hellebores that produce their flowers at ground level, to expose flowers and reduce the risk of disease. You can also divide snowdrops (Galanthus) and winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis), or plant bulbs-in-the-green.


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Join the RHS from just £40.50 – that’s 12 months for the price of 9!

Enjoy free garden visits, personalised advice and discounted shows tickets

Spring flower festival – 22 – 23 March

Celebrate the very best of spring blooms at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex. Be inspired by bulb, plant and cut flower displays that should give you plenty of ideas for your own containers – whether indoors or out, along with photo displays and talks.

Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey 21-23 March

Meet the growers – more than 30 specialist nurseries gather at the Surrey RHs garden for a chance to admire and buy spring plants for your garden – and get expert advice from the people who grow them.

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