Prune late summer-flowering clematis. To keep your clematis 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.
Tidy alpine beds
Clear alpine beds of debris and cover bare patches with gritty compost. Remove weeds before mulching in spring.
Cut back climbers
Ornamental vines, ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy can be cut back now – keep them away from windows, doors, gutters and roof tiles.
Spot fungal disease
Coral spot is often noticed on twigs from deciduous hedges, shrubs, and trees, connected with poor ventilation and congested, twiggy growth inside clipped hedges.
Keep cacti dormant
Cacti need very little water, and no feeding, during winter. Keep them barely moist until spring.