November Gardening Tips

November gardening tips are provided by John Morgan, Category Manager Horticulture at Van Hage.


  • Plant bulbs between shrubs, perennials, under trees and in the lawn.
  • Plant bulbs in containers with hardy Pansy or other autumn bedding


  • The best time of the year to plant new hedges

Beds and borders

  • The perfect time to put new plants into the ground
  • Cut back perennials as they finish as part of the Autumn tidy up
  • Removes fallen leaves
  • When bush Roses have finished flowering, prune back by half
  • Divide old or large clumps of perennials


  • Apply Autumn lawn food, which will prepare the lawn for winter
  • Aerate and scarify to remove debris
  • Collect fallen leaves
  • Lay turf
  • Sow grass seed on bare patches


  • Finish picking fruit
  • Store apples and pears in a cool place, pick in cool dry conditions before fully mature
  • The perfect time to plant new fruit trees and bushes
  • Cut back autumn fruiting Raspberry when they have producing

Bedding plants

  •  Planting hardy Autumn bedding such as winter flowering pansy, in the ground and in containers
  • Double your colour by under-planting with bulbs


  • Pick crops as they mature
  • Support over wintering crops such as sprouts
  • Keep greenhouses well ventilated on warmer days, prepare to heat if frosty

House plants

  • Plants require less water than in summer, however check to ensure they are not dry especially with the heating on more
  • Feed less regularly
  • As the days become less sunny ensure plants have good light


  • A good time to treat difficult weeds such as nettles, spay as they start to die down

Pest and disease

  • The Autumn removal  up of old leaves and debris is an excellent way of controlling pests and diseases that may overwinter


  • Check planted containers weekly, evergreen plants in pots must be kept watered during the winter

Horticulturally trained staff are always available to help at Van Hage.

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