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