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.