Mums the word
Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still so
much to enjoy in the garden, says WILL CLARKE
Chysanths are easy to grow and require little attention trees close by but, in rural areas, you might need to plant a second tree. If in doubt, ask your garden centre or nursery for advice.
Start planting spring bulbs this month, in borders, containers and even the lawn. This is the time for planting daffodils, crocus and hyacinths, to ensure your garden is full of colour next spring. When you see those green shoots poking through towards the end of winter, you will be so glad you made the effort.
Keep deadheading and feeding your summer container displays as, with good care, these will keep rewarding you with colour into the autumn. Prune lateflowering shrubs, such as lavatera and hibiscus, to encourage fuller, healthy growth next spring.
I’m going to suggest ‘Garden Mums’ as my feature plant this month. These hardy chrysanthemums are easy to grow and require little attention and yet will provide fantastic domes of long-lasting colour until the first frosts. Plant them in borders and containers for a fabulous display of rich autumn colour which will return year after year.