September Jobs in the Garden
As autumn draws near there are jobs to be done. Make the most of the time you can catch in the garden between showers to plant bulbs move plants and cut back as well as harvest the fruits and vegetables.
Now we have an opportunity to sort out mistakes and move plants because they are in the wrong position or the wrong colour. They will have plenty of time to re-establish well for next year. It’s a particularly good time to trim hedges and evergreens. Cut them back into shape without the risk of any new fresh shoots getting frosted. Bare patches in the lawn should seed really well. Rake in a bit of compost and perhaps sand to the bare patch prior to seeding, this will help the new grass establish.
It’s also the perfect time to plant drifts of Daffodils or Small Narcissi, Tulips, Bluebells, Fritillaries, Hyacinths, Crocus, large Alliums, Scillas etc.
Remove seed heads from herbaceous plants that have finished flowering and they may give you another flush before going to seed. If you remembered to cut back your Lupins, Delphiniums, Salvias, Campanulas, Lavenders etc after they finished flowering I hope you are now enjoying a second flush of colour. I am certainly pleased I remembered to keep dead heading my David Austin Roses as I see I have a new burst of buds.
Gardens should be full of colour but if yours is dull plant some of the wonderfully easy to grow herbaceous plants that are delighting us now. Asters, Sedums, Heleniums, Anemones, Penstemons, Echinacea (lots of new colours) and Leucanthemum daisies to name but a few. Planting now allows a good root system to establish which they can draw on during their next growing season from about April onwards when the soil warms up. Anything you plant now you will be enjoying this time next year. Planting now gives you the perfect opportunity to fill any gaps with colours and shades that you want to see. You can see what colour you have and plant those that blend or contrast. There are some lovely plants flowering right now.
As an illustration of September colour here at the Nurseries we have successfully mixed a whole array of yellow, white, lime green and rusty shades together. Big spiky plumes of Kniphofia Percy’s Pride combine with the limey foliage of Choisya Ternata Gold Finger. We’ve included Gladious Callianthus which is white. Rudbeckia Goldsturm has large daisy style yellow flower heads and Trollius Golden Queen is the most beautiful and unusual flower in a rich glowing orangey yellow. Heuchera Miracle is named appropriately as the yellow foliage turns red as it gets colder. Satolina Edward Bowles has fluffy textured foliage and a soft cream flower. Hosta Great Expectations host the most wonderful green gold large leaves. Phormium Yellow Wave stands tall and has large stripy spikes of electric yellow and green. It’s about 50cm tall and will eventually reach 1.5m. Finally to add more texture and the perfect finishing touch we’ve added the soft rustling grass Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’.