Spaced-out planting is recommended so that there is still space between the evergreens for flowering plants such as hellebores, winter jasmine and spring heath. Such plants can then make way for spring plants such as primroses, snowdrops and crocuses once winter is over.
Winter is also the ideal time to put your garden under a magnifying glass. Where is there less or more frost? Where is there less or more sunlight? Asking these questions allows you to better plan your planting in the following gardening year and select milder positions in your garden for more sensitive plants.