Autumn is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful seasons of all. Who can resist the gleaming shades of crimson and gold as the leaves begin to fall.
It is certainly feeling cooler now, after what has been a wonderfully long summer, by now summer bedding plants have past their best and we need to prepare for the colder months ahead.
There is plenty to be doing in the garden this month, and here are our top October tips;
- Feed your lawns with an autumn and winter lawn enhancer, or an autumn lawn, feed, weed and moss killer treatment
- Cut back herbaceous perennials that have died down
- Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns
- Prune climbing roses to an outward facing bud
- Harvest apples, pears, grapes, raspberries and nuts. Why not use your harvest to create a wonderful home baked pie!
- Move tender plants indoors as early frosts may damage them
- Take hardwood cuttings now, Sambucus is a great one to try!
- Collect fallen leaves and put on your compost heap
- Prune bush roses now, always to an outward facing bud. Do not be afraid of pruning back hard. You will see the benefits next year!
- Prepare for frosts and colder weather, ensure you are prepared with fleece and bubble wrap
- Lawn seed can still be applied now
- Select your Spring flowering bulbs now for fantastic early colour!
- Sow Sweet Peas indoors now, for a longer flowering period next year.
With the late summer sun still present, it is easy to forget about the threat of approaching frosts. Be aware of dropping temperatures and protect any frost tender plants you may have to prevent damage or loss. This can be done easily by applying fleece, or simply moving to a sheltered area.
Any frost tender conservatory plants should be moved indoors now. If you are unsure of any garden shrubs that may need protection, simply wrap some garden fleece around them, it is better to be safe than sorry! Do remember to remove the fleece throughout the day to allow air circulation, and to prevent any moulds or damp fungus developing.
October is a great time for moving any trees or shrubs you want to reposition, so get planning now. This month is also ideal for planting a hedge. Bare root hedging whips are widely available at this time and there are some great offers around, which, makes it easier when planting a whole new hedge.
October is the best time to choose your spring flowering bulbs. There is a tremendous choice now, to give you colour from early spring to early summer. Look out for new varieties too, as there are some unusual colours to add interest to your pots and borders.
Plant of the month
It may not be new but the plant of the month this time has to be euonymus alatus. Also known as a spindle tree or a burning bush, once the leaves start to turn on this particular variety, it really does become a burning bush! Vibrant shades of red and orange erupt covering the whole plant, before the leaves finally fall. If it is colour that you are looking for this autumn, then look no further. Reaching around 2m in height and spread, this is a perfect choice for any border.
Also Look out for…..
Heavenly Helleborus! There are always new varieties becoming available of the much loved Hellebore. This month, look out for ‘SP Grace’ and ‘Crystal Love’. Both white flowering varieties flowering from December through to March. ‘SP Grace’ bears double blooms! Look out for these new varieties in your local garden centre today!
So this month, prepare for the cooler temperatures ahead and be aware of early frosts. Protect your tender plants and enjoy the colourful delights that October brings to your garden.
Helleborus SP Grace
Autumn is Officially Here!
We have everything you need to keep your garden looking awesome this autumn.
Join us on Wednesday 10th October at either 10:30am or 2:30pm for our Hanging Basket and Pot Workshop. Create a stunning winter hanging basket or pot to take home. A tea or coffee and a piece of cake, plus all equipment will be provided. £26.99 per person, booking is essential.
Want to learn more about bulbs? Book a place on our ‘Beautiful Bulbs’ Workshop on Wednesday 17th October at 3:30pm. Learn all you need to know to create an enviable display in your garden next spring. A tea or coffee and a piece of cake plus all equipment will be provided. £26.99 per person, booking is essential.
Plant your spring flowering bulbs now. We have an extensive selection of bulbs on sale now.
Plant hardy evergreens now. Browse our vast selction of colourful evergreen shrubs, to fill your garden with colour all year!
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