Posted at 8th December 2010 in News by JHPS Gardens

JHPS 10-minute gardening


  • Choose a wooden or frost-proof terracotta container; plant it up with some winter foliage. This arrangement should last you up to two years.
  • Then you can regenerate the plants into the garden.
  • Rich green foliage flatters light coloured flowers along with evergreen shrubs.
  • Try planting wintergreen ferns such as; Polypodiums and Polystichums.
  • Leave a couple of small gaps and plug them with a series of potted seasonal colourful plants. (Pansies, Primrose, snowdrops etc).
  • Find one fabulous key plant and then add suitable supporting foliage textures, making sure that the foliage tones work well together.

JHPS are here to help and so if you would any other quesitons answered then please contact us or if you would like a quote for garden maintencance or a landscaping job then please contact us on our Free Phone Number 0800 0937 926 or Head Office 01782 396168.


JHPS answer questions

Should you overwinter Lavender before planting?
It is better to get the infant lavenders planted as early on as possible to allow their roots to become deep rooted. As long as they are protected or sheltered from snow and ice encase of a harsh winter it is better for them to become established before the temperature drops.
How can you stop the flowers on a ‘Geoff Hamilton’ rose from hanging downwards?
Roses will produce skinny stems if they are undernourished or not getting enough sunlight. It is advisable that you feed your rose each spring with a rose feed such as; Toprose, repeating the feed during the midsummer to make sure it carries on flowering well.
Autumn colours
Have you ever wondered why some trees turn red in the autumn? The yellows and oranges can be explained quite simply; these pigments are presented in leaves right through the growing season and are simply unmasked when the trees begin to shut down and stop producing green chlorophyll. However the red and purple pigments appear only at the end of the season.
 Why are red and purple berries most popular? The RSPB website suggests that evergreen plants have red berries as it is an easy colour for birds to identify against green leaves and black berries are preferred by deciduous plants that change colour in autumn.
JHPS Gardens
As grounds maintenance and landscaping company, here at JHPS we like to give a little overview of some of the plants that we ourselves find admired and most popular with our clients all over Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Lily flowering tulips
These tall, elegant fluted tulips flower in the months of April and May and grow to 50-60cm. They are suitable for containers and borders no matter the size of the landscape in mind.
This winter beauty is a breathtaking evergreen that grows through the winter. They are a soft creamy bell shaped flower with a wax-like exterior and are borne in late winter and early spring. They are best grown in a position with lots of light and are simply maintained as it requires scarcely any pruning. They grow to 3-5m.
These are a Favourite with some of our cottage garden clients. They are low maintenance and produce stunning displays of summer blooms that materialize to be floating above dense evergreen foliage. There cup shaped flowers range from a snow white to a statement blue colour. These make a beautiful show in hanging baskets as well as panted in pots.
Double Queen Hellebores
Flowering straight through from December to April these fine double queen hellebores will bring a welcome splash of colour to winter and spring. These striking blooms, of which colours range from; soft shades of pink. Purple, red and white sit powerfully above their evergreen foliage. 
Deciduous plants
The sturdy, thick branches of an oak tree or a bunch of thin birch twigs can be picturesque in the winter especially when each branch is outlined by fresh snow. The birch tree is early into growth and its green leaves start to appear in late march. Oak trees however can sometimes be late and foliage cannot start to appear until May. By autumn, Birch foliage is butter-yellow which is in great contrast to the subtle orange, red and crimson of rowan, cherry and oak.

Plants that preserve their foliage are enviable to garden lovers, in particular where planted to offer shelter and seclusion. Some evergreens such as the conifer Cryptomeria japonica Elegans group revolutionize their leaf colour from their summer blue-green to blushing red-brown in the winter.

If you have any further question  then we will be happy to answer them be it over the phone or email or in our "JHPS Answer Questions" section like the ones posted today. Please contact us on one of the following: –

Free Phone:  0800 0937926

Head Office:  01782 396168