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You can search this website for information on any gardening topics see below.

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Gardening Calender a month by month guide.

What to do in September

Cut back perennials

Tomato care and more

Plan your spring bulb display

Trim back lavender

and more tips on the Calendar Page

Best Shrubs and Plants for September

Lacecap Hydrangea

 Lacecap Hydrangeas are flowering around now, in early autumn, and have attractive delicate flowers. Easy to grow, especially as they are tolerant of shade and damp condition, the key points when buying a garden Hydrangea is to check the ultimate size. Some Hydrangeas can get very large and keep the label so you can check how to prune it- growing tips and advice. 

Asters

Good for late summer and early autumn colour, Asters are an easy to grow herbaceous perennial. Common name is Michaelmas Daisy, because their flowers are daisy like and usually they flower through Michaelmas (29th Sept) They are prone to powdery mildew so it's important to pick a resistant variety such as A. "Little Carlow",  Aster herveyi, and Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' 

Help the Hedgehog

We estimate hedgehog numbers in the UK have dropped by 95% since the 1950s. In October/ November, depending on the weather, they will hibernate and it is vital for their survival that the Hedgehog has enough fat to get it through winter. To help them, this is a good time to put out food. Specialist hedgehog food can be bought from wildlife food suppliers, alternatively leave out tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. 

More ideas on feeding Hedgehogs

Planning for next year

The supply of plants and vegetables for the garden was much disrupted by coronavirus, and it was hard to purchase selected varieties. In the image, the potato variety " swift" has done significantly better than the variety "International Kidney". 

2021 maybe the year to order shrubs, plants, veg and seeds early to track down the best varieties for your garden.

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

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

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

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

bee on sedum

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

tomatoes on the vine ripening

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

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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.

ducks on garden pond

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

gardening tips

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.

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