Seasonal shades

Lancashire Life - - Will’s Wisdom -

Give your gar­den the wow fac­tor by adding au­tumn colour

which pro­vides in­ter­est all year round. Plant it now and you’ll be able to watch the large green leaves turn­ing fiery shades of red and or­ange be­fore fi­nally suc­cumb­ing to leave the branches bare. At­trac­tive even in its bare state, this won­der­ful tree will then pro­duce stun­ning deep red and pur­ple flow­ers in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, faintly scented and so wel­come in these cold months.

Be­fore we get car­ried away adding all these lovely new things to our gar­dens, there are a few rou­tine jobs to be get­ting on with. You’ll fin­ish cut­ting back peren­ni­als this month and split­ting con­gested clumps where nec­es­sary. Shrubs like rose­mary, Cis­tus and laven­der should all be pruned now, and the tu­bers and corms of Dahlia, Be­go­nia and Gla­di­o­lus should be lifted and brought in­side to keep them warm and dry over win­ter.

Add a mulch to your bor­ders once you’ve fin­ished tidy­ing up, clear any over­hang­ing plants from path­ways and, once you’ve fin­ished plant­ing up your au­tumn con­tain­ers, raise them from the ground with bricks or ‘pot feet’ to pre­vent wa­ter­log­ging.

As win­ter ap­proaches, spare a thought for the birds in your gar­den, who will ap­pre­ci­ate a steady sup­ply of nuts and seeds. Maybe con­sider adding a nest box too; ask for ad­vice in a gar­den cen­tre or find out more from the RSPB web­site.

ABOVE: Acer pal­ma­tum adds a stun­ning splash of colour

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