1Check Group 3 clematis for buds
If late summer-flowering clematis are showing signs of growth. you can prune them – if not, leave them until February. To prune Group 3 clematis, keep them small and to rejuvenate old plants, cut back hard to about a foot off the ground. if you want to keep them taller, just prune last year’s flowered shoots.
2Cut back rampant climbers
Ornamental vines, ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy can be cut back now – keep them away from windows, doors, gutters and roof tiles.
3Tidy up alpine beds and troughs
Clear alpine beds of debris and cover bare patches with gritty compost. Remove weeds before mulching in spring.
4Check hedges for coral spot
Coral spot is often noticed on twigs from deciduous hedges, shrubs, and trees, connected with poor ventilation and congested, twiggy growth inside clipped hedges.
5Treat cacti mean to keep them keen
Cacti need very little water, and no feeding, during winter. Keep them barely moist until spring.