Help summer fly by
Choose the right plants and fill your late summer garden with butterflies, says Will Clark
If there are gaps in your border, maybe consider adding plants to attract butterflies to your garden.
One of my favourites is
Verbena bonariensis which looks fabulous in a border, its tall stems topped with bright lavenderpurple flowers in late summer. It’s perfect for herbaceous borders or mixed with ornamental grasses, and it rivals even the Buddleja for attracting butterflies. Gorgeous Echinacea is another star of the border loved by butterflies as is Sedum spectabile, which has the added bonus of flowering well into autumn.
As the end of summer approaches, we naturally tend to start looking ahead to the next season. The end of the month is a good time to clear and dig over any borders you might want to replant. Remove any roots and perennial weeds, and add fertiliser, compost or manure at the same time. When designing your new planting scheme, remember to leave some space for spring bulbs which will soon be available in the garden centres.
Your lawn will probably need mowing regularly this month. If you go on holiday, try to mow the lawn gradually on your return, with the blade set quite high initially to avoid any damage to the lawn. If we have long periods of hot, dry weather, remember to top up ponds and bird baths.
ABOVE: Verbena bonariensis