Paul Her­vey-brookes on the jobs to do in Oc­to­ber

With the big RHS shows done I shall be catch­ing up on my pri­vate gar­den de­sign work and tak­ing Al­lo­mor­phic to the RHS Lon­don Au­tumn Show

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Af­ter one of the wettest and cold­est late sum­mers on record I for one am hop­ing for an In­dian sum­mer to al­low the late stars of the gar­den to shine, the month of glo­ri­ous de­cay, golden colours and rich pur­ple flow­ers. Here’s hop­ing!


A bounty is wait­ing to be har­vested. Now re­ally is the time to go out and be­fore you dead­head col­lect any an­nual or short lived peren­nial seeds to sow.

With next year in mind, plant out young hardy an­nu­als and short lived peren­ni­als you have been rais­ing from seed to give them a good start for next year. Whilst in a plant­ing mood, think about next year’s al­li­ums. They re­ally ben­e­fit from be­ing planted now whilst the soil is still warm and will make much bet­ter plants next year.

Oc­to­ber is a good month to start dig­ging and di­vid­ing some peren­ni­als such as Peony. It is also the start of bare­foot sea­son - the tra­di­tional time to plant new hedg­ing and bare­footed shrubs so if you have been dwelling on screen­ing a view or cre­at­ing a new space in the gar­den, now is the time to start.

With all this plant­ing don’t for­get some plants which have en­joyed the out­doors for sum­mer will want to come in very soon. Pe­largo­ni­ums and other ten­der plants can come in this month.


With peas and beans now truly over you can cut them back tot he ground and com­post the stalks. Don’t be tempted to lift the roots as these will re­lease valu­able ni­tro­gen to the soil as they die. This is also a good time to men­tally plan where to plant them next year to help soil im­prove­ment in another part of your veg­etable plot.

Cut back As­para­gus and Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes to the ground and give a good layer of mulch. If you plan to har­vest salad crops over win­ter such as lamb’s let­tuce sow un­der cloches now. If you have sown bras­si­cas, earth up the stems to pre­vent wind rock which can ruin the crop, and re­move and de­stroy any dam­aged or yel­low­ing fo­liage to pre­vent dis­ease. Lastly if you are plan­ning new fruit beds, now is the time to plant out new soft fruit plants to give them a good start for next year.


The ob­ser­vant will be­gin to no­tice the de­cline of the Aster. This big tra­di­tional au­tumn herba­ceous peren­nial has un­done some­what of a re­vival and now, just as we love its ar­ray of colour, has seem­ingly van­ished! You will be de­lighted to know that botanists have dis­cov­ered dif­fer­ences which mean a name change. The most widely known group of New Eng­land (no­vae-an­gliae) and New York Asters (no­vae-bel­gii) are now know as Sym­phy­otrichum, whilst the na­tive to Europe group keep the name Aster.

It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter to gar­den­ers but to fa­nat­ics of his­tory it’s good news that Aster re­names the name for the old world va­ri­eties. The Hun­gar­ian Rev­o­lu­tion of 1918 is known as the Aster Rev­o­lu­tion as pro­tes­tors in Bu­dapest wore the flower, briefly chang­ing his­tory and bring­ing around the First Hun­gar­ian Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic! Paul Her­vey-brookes is an in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned de­signer, plants­man and RHS judge. Al­lo­mor­phic, Paul’s gar­den-in­spired shop, is lo­cated in Stroud­lo­mor­


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