December is an unpredictable month - it can be freezing cold or unseasonably mild, in which case you may find that a few flowers persisting on some of your plants.
Whatever the weather, these winter stalwarts will ensure fresh pickings for the house.
Berries and hips
Rosehips and berries bring welcome colour into the house in December; pick them well before the festive season begins in earnest, otherwise hungry birds may eat them.
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, is an unfussy plant that is often grown against a wall. Its yellow flowers appear from November, brightening the dark winter months. A few sprigs make a welcome addition to a vase.