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Some foliage transformed into decorations

How to make your own Christmas decorations: Nothing beats the festive properties of ivy

Anna Pavord reveals how to turn twigs and greenery into eye-catching displays

Anna Pavord: "I can't stop fantasising about the dream home ... for my plants"

As winter bites, our gardening correspondent's fantasies centre round a leafy, scented, luxurious conservatory that she could escape to

Anna Pavord's pick of festive gardening reads: From Digging with the Duchess to Where Do Camels Belong?

Our gardening correspondent's list features something for everyone - even the non-green-fingered

Monkshoods provide a variety of blues

Anna Pavord: Tall plants

Despite our columnist’s best attempts to rein in her most enthusiastic plants, some of them are determined to shoot for the stars

Anna Pavord: "There are plenty of jobs to do in the garden this month - but the most pressing is to plant those tulip bulbs"

Lord Mayor's Day in London is the traditional date for planting tulips, which are best put in the ground later than other spring bulbs, such as daffodils and crocus. This year, Lord Mayor's Day falls on 8 November, so you've a week to sort out your tulips, if you've not already done it.

Anna Pavord: "Forget raised vegetable patches - veg are better off grown at ground level"

A raised bed edged with wooden planks is time consuming and will have rotted within five years, argues our horticultural expert

Luma apiculata 'Glanleam Gold' can be clipped as easily as box

Anna Pavord: Planting new trees and shrubs in autumn

It may seem premature, but the fallen leaves provide sustenance, and the soil is still warm and welcoming from summer
In our old garden, I planted 'George Cave', so the children could help themselves to fruit whenever they wanted

Anna Pavord: English apples

English apples can be in season for seven months of the year, come in a number of tasty varieties, and can be stored after picking
The fiery autumn leaves of 'Brant'

Anna Pavord: It is possible to grow grape vines in this country

You just need to decide if you want them for decoration or drinking. Oh, and be prepared for a bit of pruning...
Purple reign: A colchicum in full bloom

Anna Pavord: If you want colchicums to spring up in your garden at the tail-end of summer, you'll have to go to some trouble

Colchicums are dormant for such a short time, so there is only a short window when you can get hold of them to plant

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