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The Sunday Gardener is home to the best independent advice on all aspects of gardening. 

The October Calender has tips on what to do in the garden this month, and ideas for the veg plot. 

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Best Plants and Shrubs for October

Cotinus coggygria

Cotinus autumn colour

Cotinus makes good autumn colour illustrated is Cotinus coggygria Royal purple and the colour of its leaves intensifies as autumn progress. Impressive also for autumn colour is C. flame. Cotinus are easy to grow shrubs.

Ivy Hedera Helix

Common ivy

Native English Ivy is a great plant for wildlife. It flowers late in the year and provides late nectar and food for bees, hoverflies and wasps, and is home to all manner of insects which attracts  insect eating birds which forage in it for food. The berries are rich and winter birds relish them. Although it may have a bad press Ivy is really good for wildlife in the garden.

Scented Narcissi

Autumn is bulb planting time and Scented Narcissi have the best of colour and scent making them irresistible to add into planters near front doors and porches to bring a spring closer. There are a wide range of bulbs included some fantastic double headed scented Narcissi on offer from Crocus click here.

In the Kitchen Garden

Autumn is the best time to plant Garlic which gives it the required period of low temperatures to form good bulbs. If your ground is heavy or wet, this will not be ideal for the Garlic over winter instead start it off in containers under glass and then plant out in the spring. Tips on how to grow Garlic and what to do with a glut of runner beans.

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Clematis Piilu

Easy to grow Spring and Summer flowering plants, advice as to the best climbing and scented plants.

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Ideas for the Best Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast growing shrubs.

Bees on Sedum

Advice on plants to attract bees and butterflies into your garden. Check out the 10 Best wildlife friendly plants and shrubs.

Onions

How to grow your own veg, including  growing from seed and the best veg for growing in containers

gloves and secateurs essential gardening kit

A month by month guide with advice and top tips what to do in the garden each month. Seasonal monthly advice in the Sunday Gardener's Newsletter.

Garden Pond with lilies in the rain

An easy step-by-step guide with illustrations on how to build a pond, choosing a pond liner, and attracting wildlife to your pond.

Snails on a Hosta

Pages of gardening tips including how to get rid of slugs and snails, what does frost hardy mean, when to use the Chelsea Chop and much more.

Award winning blogs

Regular posts with gardening chat on the Sunday Gardener's award winning blog, including visitors questions.