Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden. David Coton suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.
Call it whatever you wish, Robert Hall says that the Miniature Fuji Cherry or Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai, is a superb flowering cherry tree.
A beautiful hardy shrub that has everything going for it, except one thing. Nobody has ever heard of it
Consulting an advertising agency could do wonders for its image, raising consumer awareness and increasing demand. But I don't think we'll bother. One of the great appeals of gardening is discovery, so we'll keep this one a secret
Descended from the mountainous Fuji Cherry of Japan, this miniature form has it all, and more
Shrunk to just 12" makes it the ideal size to go into the garden centres, but in your care it will eventually reach 4'-5' tall and 3' wide
It's newly found zig zag shaped branches not only give it a striking winter shape, but make it a very busy looking plant, that actually goes nowhere quickly.
It is ideal as a specimen for a pot, or even a plant to bonsai?
Frozen with a glistening haw frost, its cracked icy fingers make a spectacular sight on a cold clear winter's morning.
The early spring thaw that creeps on, as we move nearer to March, heralds a new dawn in the year of the Kojo.
Wreaths of small pink buds swell over the naked twiggy branches opening to delicate snow white pocket handkerchief blooms. The blossom is the icing on the cake, make no mistake, but there is more to come.
Fresh foliage unfurls over the frame to finally clothe the shrub in spring green. Slowly deepening in colour during the heat of summer, the temperature's rise.
This finally draws an autumnal flush of reds and gold to the leaves before the cold winds and rain strip the Kojo naked.
The cycle starts again, but it's better the next time.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.