The milder autumn weather is ideal for spending time in the garden and many will be using the pleasant climate to make inroads into landscaping their Flintshire back garden in time for spring 2018.
To this end, if you are considering adding a traditional British rose garden to your outdoor space, The Telegraph’s resident gardener Val Bourne says now is the best time to order and plant bare-root roses.
This is because the plants are lifted from the rose fields from November and although they appear to be dead sticks when they arrive, they grow strongly, with the added benefit of low postage.
For attractive borders, the Munstead Wood is a repeat-flowering rose with dark red petals and a beautiful old rose and berry fragrance.
If you are planning an arch or pergola, the Adelaide d’Orleans is an elegant plant with pink buds that fade to white.
For a beautiful fragrance, the Buttercup rose is Bourne’s favourite. This bee-friendly, bright yellow flower is semi-double rounded and less thorny than some of its cousins and can smell like orange blossom or even cocoa.
Bourne also recommends the show-stopping Queen of Denmark rose if traditional roses are what you are looking for. This pink bloom flowers once and thrives even in poorer soils, and couples well with lavender and silver foliage.
And the ground is perfect for more planting at present, as recent rains have softened the earth.
Chief horticultural adviser for the Royal Horticulture Society Guy Barter told iNews that we should be planting crimson flag lilies, fuchsias and wildflower turf now to make the most of our gardens in spring.