Yew can be used in many ways in the garden, it's ideal if you're thinking of planting an evergreen hedge, yew can be clipped and grown as topiary, or if you have a large garden, you might want to include a yew tree. Yew berries, also known as arils, are a popular food for blackbirds and greenfinches in the winter months.

If you're looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this month is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 - spending

Rosa rugosa roses are tough plants that grow well even on poor soils.

Rosa rugosa with white flowers and you can see the hips that are produced and remain through the winter.

Protecting your Plants from Slugs and Snails - Pumpkin Beth

Three of my slug and snail deterrents provided a secure plant protection, with not one plant grown within their barrier receiving as much as a nibble

Detail showing holes drilled for insects on the Greening Grey Britain Garden, designed by Professor Nigel Dunnet, demonstrates creative approaches to sustainable garden design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Detail showing holes drilled for insects on the Greening Grey Britain Garden, designed by Professor Nigel Dunnet, demonstrates creative approaches to sustainable garden design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Drosera rotundifolia, also known as the round-leaved sundew, pictured at Thursley Common National Nature Reserve in June.

Drosera rotundifolia, also known as the round-leaved sundew, pictured at Thursley Common National Nature Reserve in June.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 - Pumpkin Beth

If you're looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this month is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 - spending

An Episyrphus balteatus, also known as a marmalade hoverfly, on Sweet Pea ‘Susan Burgess'.

An Episyrphus balteatus, also known as a marmalade hoverfly, on Sweet Pea ‘Susan Burgess'.

Evergreen trees and shrubs can provide shelter for birds during the winter months. Female hollies produce berries which are a popular food for birds in autumn and winter.

If you're looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this month is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 - spending

A Ladybird on my Sweet Pea plants.

A Ladybird on my Sweet Pea plants. Ladybirds are beneficial insects, they eat aphids or greenfly.

Episyrphus balteatus, commonly known as the marmalade hoverfly, is a well established species, found in widespread area across Europe, North Asia and North Africa.

Episyrphus balteatus, commonly known as the marmalade hoverfly, is a well established species, found in widespread area across Europe, North Asia and North Africa.

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