She stands in tattered gold, tossing bits of amber. And jade, jewels of a year grown old: November.
~ Zephyr Ware Tarver
The clocks have turned back, and autumn is now blending into winter. Shorter days and a fall in temperature mean less time is spent in the garden but pop on a jacket and gloves and make the most of any dry days. Just like yourself, your plants will need some warmth too so make sure you stock up on fleece, polytunnels and any other protection they may need.
November is also the perfect time for reflection of what did well in the garden (and what didn’t) and the ideal month to start making plans for next year… Our Seed Catalogue mailing is going out next week so lookout for a copy landing on your doormat from next Wednesday.
- November is the best time to be planting tulips. This later planting helps prevent a disease called Tulip Fire. Mix and match the colours or combine colours that will deliberately clash to give real impact to your display.
- It’s not too late to plant daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs. Late planting just means later flowering.
- Sow baby leaves and herbs on a sunny windowsill for salads, stir-fries and sandwiches.
- If you haven’t already done so, then sow some sweet peas in early November and your reward will be strong plants bearing early blooms.
- Rake leaves from the lawn and put them somewhere to rot down for 12 to 18 months. The result will be valuable leaf mould, a great soil improver and superb potting compost.
- Bonfire season starts now but please always remember to do a hedgehog check before lighting.
- Plant garlic and then cover with fleece to stop the birds pulling up the cloves.
- Soft fruit, including rhubarb, can be planted now. Choose an open, sunny spot and dig in plenty of garden compost.
- Secure grease bands around fruit trees to fend off the winter moth.
- A wet November day is the perfect time to give pots and seed trays a good clean ready for next season’s sowings.
- Pine needles: If you have Corsican Pine trees in your garden, they will drop their needles every year in late autumn and there is not way to stop this. The best advice is to perhaps invest in a leaf blower to deal with the clean up!
Veg Seeds To Sow In November
Wondering which vegetables to sow in November? As we near winter there are still plenty of veg seeds to sow – they just need a little protection. Sow early mange tout, winter lettuce, broad bean, Pea and delicious sprouting seed varieties. Get an early start on your beans with our autumn sowing varieties, including the nation’s favourite to grow – The Sutton!
Broad Bean The Sutton
Bred by Suttons – Broad Bean ‘The Sutton’ can be sown in succession March-July outdoors, and November-February under cloches to produce a very early crop. Recommended for small gardens. Sown as instructed, a packet of seed is sufficient for a single row of approximately 8.3m (27′). Dwarf variety. White seeded variety. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Great beginner variety.
Broad Bean Luz de Otono
Luz de Otono vigorous growing bean that shows good cold resistance for overwintering use. Produces long, high quality pods of tasty beans May-June. May also be sown in July for a November crop in mild areas. For autumn sowing.
Broad Bean De Monica
This superb, early-maturing variety grows well in low daylight conditions, Broad Bean De Monica will produce bountiful crops of 15cm (6”) long pods filled with 5-7 tasty, creamy-coloured beans per pod.
Broad Bean Aquadulce
A long podded, white-seeded tasty broad bean that’s early to mature, Aquadulce Claudia is recommended for autumn and winter sowings throughout the U.K. for the earliest crops the following spring and summer.
If you’d rather stay inside and grow, try these on your windowsill…
NEW Urban Forager Mix
The Urban Forager is the easy to grow mix of native leafy veg plants. This mix is made up of Chicory, Salad Burnet, Fennel, Mallow, Garlic Mustard and Sheep’s Sorrel. This leafy vegetable plant is the perfect way to add interest to your plate.
Sow in the garden or a container and you’ll be picking your own Native British Leaves before you know it. Grow all year round from your very own beds and borders, patio pots or balcony. Harvest late June-September. Height 31-40cm (12-16″); spread 21-30cm (8-12″).
Pea Shoots Twinkle
Sow Pea Shoots Twinkle in a tray indoors at any time of year and enjoy delicious, crunchy, vitamin-packed, pea-flavoured shoots in just 3 weeks. Provides a second picking a few weeks later.
Wheat Grass shoots
The Nectar of the Gods! The ultimate blood purifier, Wheat Grass juice is the closest thing there is to blood itself!
Tom says: These super quick crops are packed full of surprising and intriguing flavours that will enthral your taste buds. As well as being loaded with flavour, these little guys are packed full of nutrients to give you a daily vitamin boost.
These little guys will bring a mildly sweet, earthy flavour to your salad or smoothie. Kale Shoots are packed with fibre, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants! Vitamins A, B, C, E and K Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements. Protein: 30-35%.
Sprouting seeds Broccoli
SMALL SPACES made easy! Are you feeling left behind by the “grow-your-own” revolution because you live in a gardenless apartment or have a postage-stamp-sized patio? Don’t worry: Anyone with a sunny windowsill, patio, or balcony can cultivate home-grown vegetables like Sprouting Seeds Broccoli. In fact, choosing plants that are nutritious, delicious, and attractive is the ultimate way to maximise limited space.
Sweet Peas to Sow in November
Last chance for Sweet Peas in the earlier weeks on November. The long growing period will enable strong root growth which will in turn produce vigorous top growth. Not only will autumn-sown sweet peas flower earlier than spring-sown, but the plants will also be stronger, the flower stems longer and the blooms more abundant.
The Sweet Pea Seeds – Supersonic is a truly magnificent variety of sweet pea. A new and improved ‘jet set’ type with a re-selected habit, creating a beautiful, more compact plant.This makes the Sweet Pea Seeds – Supersonic ideal for flower pot and container displays to add not only a flurry of colour but sweetly scented fragrance too!
This very sweetly scented (Scent 4) Sweet Pea variety will look amazing sown into your flower beds and flower border displays this season. Creating compact, colourful plants, filled with all the traditional pastel colours of a typical Sweet Pea.
Sublime Scent combines the best of attributes, a blend of the finest new colours available with extra flowers – the effect is sublime! Strong fragrance, long stems for cutting, and increased numbers of flowers – what more could you wish for? Flowers June-September. Height 1.5-2m (60-78″). Scent 4. Floribunda “modern grandiflora” type.
Cupani is a species introduced to Britain in 1699 by a monk: Brother Cupani. Bicoloured flowers, maroon upper petals with violet ‘wings’, making lovely cut flower posies with a beautiful deep scent. Scent 3. Flowers June-September. Height 1.8m (6′).
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Winter Garden Interest
Autumn has taken hold and trees and shrubs are now providing the colour in our gardens. If you’re looking outside to empty borders and patios, you can easily add structure, colour and fragrance to your garden with a selection of beautiful potted shrubs. Here are our favourites this season:
Best for Structure: Cornus Anny’s Winter Orange
Arguably one of the best Cornus for winter stem colour with its bright and vivid stems of orange and red that stand out in any situation. The colour of the stem changes as it goes up the stem from yellow at the base, through orange and then a bright red near the tips.
It looks stunning whether planted on its own or as a spectacle in groups. Other varieties produce similar colours but none seem to have the same vigour and intensity .as this one and often appear a little weak so this is sure one of the best.
Best for Fragrance: Sarcococca Winter Gem
The best variety of this amazingly fragrant genus bred by the highly acclaimed British breeder Peter Moore.
Combining the best qualities from both its parents, ‘Winter Gem‘ produces larger than average dark, glossy, green leaves that emerge from the purple stems which during winter also hold a mass of the very attractive and highly fragrant flowers which fill the surrounding air with perfume.
Best for Colour: Nandina Obsessed
This is by far the brightest coloured Nandina we have seen with vivid, bright red evergreen new foliage in spring, which then turns to a rich green colour for the summer before taking on attractive autumn colours. Flowers July. Height 60-70cm; spread 50-60cm. Supplied in a 3 litre pot.
A Garden Is Surely Not Complete Without Roses…
Growing a rose garden is immensely satisfying! Their beautiful and fragrant blooms will lift your mood and are attractive to bees. Our roses are supplied as bare roots for the best quality plants at the best price. With roses due to be in short supply this year and the autumn being a great time to plant, now really is the best time to buy.
Our range features award winning varieties like the gorgeous Belle de Jour which has won the coveted title of RHS Rose Of The Year for 2021 and the Joie de Vivre which has been named a ‘Which? Best Buy’ AND was Rose Of The Year in 2011!
With many years of breeding, trialling and judging, our selection this year really is the best of the best!
We’ve put together this Top Ten Guide to celebrate this classic flower along with some simple growing instructions.
And if you love cut flowers… Suttons have put together a Timeless Collection of international award-winning Hybrid Tea roses that are grown for cut flowers and not forgetting highly scented to fill your home with a beautiful fragrance. Click here, to find out more!
Win £50 Worth Of Suttons Vouchers!
From promising first-time growers to heartening familiar faces, our social community has grown significantly over the past few months. We would like to thank you for sharing your inspiring stories during this time and we think this calls for a giveaway to celebrate!
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