Plant a juneberry or visit one of thousands of private gardens that open to the public for charity

Plant this Take advantage of the current tree planting season to add juneberry (Amelanchier lamarckii) to your plot. A tough cookie that suits most garden settings, it offers spring blossom, edible berries loved by birds, and attractive foliage that turns orange-red in autumn. Will reach a height of 5m in a decade.

Hang this If you were given a bird box for Christmas, now is the time to hang it, as birds will start scouting for sites as early as next month. Site away from feeders and other boxes, and out of reach of predators. Existing boxes can be cleaned now: remove old nests, use boiling water to kill parasites and dry thoroughly.

Plan this Thousands of private gardens across the country open their gate to the public every week of the year and raise money for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme. To find a garden near you, go to