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Tree and shrubs will be happy to go into the ground now as the soil is still quite warm and most trees/shrubs will be using less energy at this time of the year
Absolutely. If you go for bare-root trees and shrubs you will find that the suppliers have only just started shipping them. Bare-root trees should only be planted when they are dormant and tend to establish better than pot-grown ones in any case. The only time you shouldn't plant such things is when the soil is actually frozen or waterlogged - any other ground conditions between now and March is fine and the ideal time for planting these. Go for it.
Berries, berries, berries..........
Still time to plant bulbs for a pretty spring. They can go under your new trees. The right time for tree, shrub and rose planting from now to March.
Agree totally with above. You've got time to do lots of research and find who does the best deals and has best choice. run out of time get back later.
Here's a list to check against of what is actually a British native. You don't have to concentrate on British natives but obviously if you do you won't got far wrong. My way of thinking is if it isn't native then what is it contributing and how well does it do that.
Try these 2 links forwildlife friendly advice.
I'm sure there are a few things that could be planted, but I'd just recommend start observing your garden, looking at what's in your neigbours gardens (and are thriving), work out what you like/ dislike and reading up (loads of seed/ gardening catalogues around). Then start planning.
Put up some bird feeders or bee/ insect houses. Organise the structure of your garden (fences, shed, greenhouse, walls, screens, patio or seating area, bench, pots and baskets) and anything that isnt going to be so dependant on the weather or frost damaging plants or any of your hard work.
Then Spring won't be too far away. Have fun.
cell grown trees? I would go for bare root. But Tina_i_am has a very good point. Take your time. I bought a lot of things that came up anyway. I was really taken by surprise at what similar taste in plants me and the last owner had. Sure there were things that I treated like pernicious weeds but you could be very, very surprised at what comes up in spring. Don't rush in though. Don't shop on sites where your basket times out or you'll end up making decisions you'll regret. You'll do that anyway. Lol. That's gardening. It has to grow with you. I'm three and a half years in to my garden and there's still loads to do and I'm waiting on yet another bare root order.