Gardening tips: Camelia ‘Yuletide’ will spice up winter gardens

Camelia ‘Yuletide’.

Plus, visit The Enchanted Garden at the William Morris Gallery and keep pelargoniums going through the cold

Plant this

Camellias that flower over Christmas offer a splash of glamour and colour as gardens sink into winter. My favourite is ‘Yuletide’, a single flower with deep red petals and a golden centre. It does well in a pot in ericaceous compost, or in a west-facing, sheltered border. Height and spread: 2m x 2m.

Visit this

Paintings from Lucien Pissarro, Beatrix Potter, Edward Burne-Jones and Stanley Spencer feature in The Enchanted Garden at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London E17, until 27 January. Entry is free; open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Details at

Try this

Place pelargoniums in a sheltered, frost-free porch or light outbuilding to overwinter, and they should revive come spring. Nudge them into dormancy by cutting back growth by half, stopping feeds and keeping watering to a minimum. Add a swathe of horticultural fleece during the coldest spells.