In mid-November the summer garden is a distant memory, but that doesn't mean that gardeners should shut up shop until next spring. This is the last Gardeners' World this series and, although the pace of gardening over the winter is slower, there are still plenty of jobs to be getting on with while we are away. To that end Toby Buckland and Alys Fowler have ideas for how to make the most of gardens during the winter months.
It's time to give roses some well deserved attention before the cold really takes hold. Winter is the best time to order reasonably priced bare root roses too. Alys has recommendations for varieties which are not just grown for their flowers but also their berries and, due to their wilder nature, need less cosseting than their more highly bred cousins. Toby also shows how to shape up wayward climbers.
There are many great gardens to visit over the winter and at one of our most iconic 18th-century landscape gardens, Stourhead in Wiltshire, trees are very much a part of its past, its present and its future. Head gardener Alan Power gives a tour of some of his favourite historic trees and explains how he manages to maintain the character of this garden nearly 300 years after its inception.
Back at her garden, Glebe Cottage, Carol has ideas for ways to propagate plants now to add to gardens next spring.