October is a great month for gardeners because its one of the best times to plant most herbaceous perennials, trees, fruit and shrubs, carry on planting spring bulbs, plant your wall flowers, spring pansies or violas and take care of your problematic lawn. It’s even the best time to lay new turf. All gardeners should be busy. Work you do now will give you the best return. It’s an investment in next year’s garden.
All gardeners should be busy. Work you do now will give you the best return. It’s an investment in next year’s garden.
It makes sense to use the good weather this Autumn and get maintenance jobs done and plants establishing before we are into the cold frosts and frozen ground of a typical cold English winter.
Prepare Your Soil
Things thrive best when planted in well-prepared soil. It’s time to get cultivating your soil whether you're planning a border a fruit garden or a new hedge. Add soil conditioner to your beds and the organic matter content will both aid moisture retention in a sandy soil and it will help to crumble the structure in a heavy soil. A good sprinkling of bone meal benefits establishment of all but the lime hating plants. Looking after your soil is an investment but it will save significant money in the long run and your garden will bring you a lot more pleasure.
Plan Your Garden
I would recommend you take a good look at the vistas in your garden. Where does it delight and where does it lack interest. It might be worth taking a snap so you remember before its cut back. If some plants have thrived and given you joyful amounts of colour then its simply time to add some more or perhaps some areas need a little contrasting colour, texture possibly with grasses or do you need some height. Look at the picture in front of you as if it were a painting and then let your imagination make the improvements you would like to see next year, then plant!!!
Perennial Flowers to Plant for Autumn Interest
|Aster frikartii ‘Monch|
The vivid blue blends seamlessly with my Rozanne cranesbill geraniums that edge my border and are still in flower. Plant penstemons for lots of flowers.
|Penstemon Heavenly Blue|
There is a huge variety of colours. Sturdy sedums always perform spectacularly well displaying big bold pinky red flower heads and the bright oranges, yellows and red crocosmias are stunning and definitely a good choice for late summer to Autumn. Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ (white) highlights my border, but all anemones are gorgeously floriferous.
Other perennials you might like to add might be Liriope which looks like a short grass with small hyacinth like spikes in blue or white, providing clumps of ground cover and lots of flower, ceratostigma forms a carpet of blue flowers and is excellent ground cover.
Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ has spindly frosted grey stems and these cover in bright steely blue flowers mixing well in most well drained borders.
Heleniums, helianthemums,helianthus rubeckias and echinacea are on fire at the moment. There are quiet a few varieties in yellows and rusts. The definitely shout autumn.These plants are all from the Asteraceae family as are asters.
|Here we have large daisy flowers of rubeckia though small flower headed varieties are also pretty.|