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We love February • On the surface, February is a pretty brutal month – mercifully short but mostly dismal and wet. There may not be an abundance of flowers, but let us think for a moment about the things we cannot see: just beneath the surface of the cold, cold soil the roots are stirring and plants are preparing for growth. It is like a rumbling engine room beneath our feet – pistons are pumping, cogs are clicking and our gardens’ flywheels are spinning. Very soon, green shoots will start to push through the earth and we will be swept away with the onrush of spring.
Expert’s choice Hellebores • New breeding techniques mean a huge range of high-quality varieties are now on offer, says Graham Rice
monty • What does plant health mean to you? As Monty takes on a new international ambassador role, he’s asking himself the very same question...
Have your say • The view from your side of the fence
Clippings • Our roundup of the month’s latest gardening news and views
News in brief
The only way is up • Clematis of all kinds flower across the seasons at Longmeadow. Monty explains how to choose, grow and prune these glorious climbers
Monty’s favourites by group
Warm welcome • Cheer up your doorstep or patio for months on end with this gorgeous yet simple container display. Just follow Arit Anderson’s step-by-step guide
Seeds of success • Now is the perfect time to get a head start on glorious summer colour. Carol Klein explains how, with her pick of plants to grow from seed now
6 summer stars to sow now
Get months of seeds
How to sow your seeds • Growing perennials from seed is very straightforward – there’s no mystique and no expertise involved. After all, we’re just emulating nature. However, we do have the advantage of ensuring our seeds have the best possible conditions to germinate, whereas in the wild success is down to chance.
“Gardening is a really good way of being in the moment – you just put things aside” • Over the next few months, we visit our 2020 Gardens of the Year finalists. This month, we discover how James and Claire Eckersley’s Cornish garden on a sloping site has been crucial for their family over the past year
Bring on spring • Now’s the time to make your garden look beautiful for spring, with Alan Titchmarsh’s eight simple steps
Gardens to visit for snowdrops • Enjoy the promise of new growth with visits to gardens full of snowdrops. These very early bloomers are symbols of hope, and here we share some of our favourite 2 for 1 gardens for you to see them in.
Garden visiting update
A-Z of house plants • Invite good fortune into your home with this easy-to-care-for house plant
New ways with orchids • Make your orchids even more eye-catching, with Michael Perry’s glamorous displays
How to make a mounted display
How to grow cacti from seed • Cacti are fun and easy to grow from seed, and you can get dozens of plants for a few pounds. Ross Bayton shows you how with his expert guide
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Your wildlife month
Garden wildlife UNCOVERED • In a year of staying at home, it’s no surprise that GW readers spotted...