A great way to try to create a different feel to you garden or patio for a new year is to think about the location of your containers.

Simply by relocating a containerised shrub from one spot to another can make a real difference. I use this technique all the time and it works really well for me.

I’ve begun to work in the garden again after having left it alone for a few weeks. One container flowering away at present on the patio at the back of the house is the gorgeous camellia Yuletide. It flowered on Christmas Day and now has many pretty little flowers on show.

A great, belated resolution for 2022 might be to decide to list all the plants you buy, so that you don’t forget what you’ve got.

When you open your garden, it is inevitable that visitors will ask what certain plants in the garden are and it can be embarrassing if you don’t know.

In recent years, I have logged them all down so that I can recall their names if asked. A good idea, even if you don’t open your plot though.

If you rely on plant labels, they can fade or go missing, so why not get yourself a notebook that you can record your purchases throughout the year.

It might be an idea to leave a bit of space under each entry so you can write details about the plant as the year goes on.

Make sure you record where it is planted too and you’ll be surprised how much of a valuable resource this will become over time.

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This year, I have already received several bookings from small groups. If you represent a gardening club or horticultural society, or any other type of group for that matter, and have still not planned any group visits this summer, then do get in touch through the website.

Likewise, if you are looking for a speaker at your monthly meetings, I can accommodate a couple more before April and am already taking bookings for autumn and winter 2022/23, so please get in touch. I’ve even had a booking for October 2023.

These dark and currently wet winter days provide the perfect opportunity for me to plan how the season will pan out. I’ve already had the garden flyers printed and had 5,000 printed for the Macmillan Garden Trail which takes place in July.

For those of you who grow from seed, start planning what you want to do with your garden in the months to come.

Now is the time to order seeds and plants from the comfort of your armchair.

Read more of Geoff’s garden at www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk