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Plant this Cyclamen coum is a brave little ground-hugger, popping up from January to March. It carries upright dark pink or white petals like a headdress above a rosette of silvery leaves. Ants spread the seeds about, so you’ll gradually grow a colony. It is best bought in containers and planted out in partial shade.
Hedge this It’s the season to plant hedges. Save money (and garden wildlife) by establishing a mixed native hedge of hawthorn, dog rose, bird cherry, field maple and the like, grown as baby bareroot plants known as whips; habitataid.co.uk’s conservation hedge pack is ideal.