Flowers to sow in September:
Gerberas are favourite cut flowers, beloved because of their clear colours and neat symmetry.
Yates has recently added the old-style, long-stemmed gerbera to its seed range.
Give gerberas an open sunny position with very good drainage, and water at the base of the plant so that the leaves stay dry.
This new Yates variety, which can reach up to more than 60cm tall, creates a dramatic floral display.
The garden takes off in September so this is the month to feed absolutely everything.
Fertilise shrubs and trees with Dynamic Lifter (make vertical feeding holes down into the soil if plants are growing in lawn). Feed lawns with Dynamic Lifter Lawn Food-the natural way to feed lawns and the soil.
Fast-growing plants, such as leafy greens and young seedlings, and bulbs should be fed weekly with Thrive Soluble Plant Food or Nitrosol. nials so that their fresh, new, spring growth can come through.
Prune summer-flowering shrubs such as abelia, abutilons, hibiscus and plumbago. Tidy up herbs and feed them with some Acticote or Nutricote. restore the spoilt leaves so it’s vital to encourage new clean growth on the outside of the plant.
And thrips don’t like getting wet so, when you’re watering, make sure you splash the leaves, top and bottom.