Gardening tips: plant bareroot roses

Consider planting ‘Tottering By Gently’.

Plant this Bareroot rose planting season starts this month: single blooms are so much better for pollinators, so consider planting ‘Tottering By Gently’ a buttery yellow single shrub rose, or the blood red climber ‘Altissimo’. Both will flower in bursts throughout the summer.

Leaf this There is little point removing fallen leaves from borders unless they are diseased: they’ll provide a warm duvet for wildlife. Rake leaves from lawns and paths into an old compost sack with holes cut in it and set aside for a rich supply of leaf mould in a year or two. Mowing up leaves works a treat, too.

Visit this Eighteenth-century landscape designer Humphry Repton was famous for his “red books” made for prospective customers. The Garden Museum in Lambeth, London, has 23 of them in an exhibition about his career; until 3 February. Visit for details.