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Gardening Calendar a month by month guide.

Plant some varieties of spring bulbs ready for next year. 

Keep feeding tomatoes.

Collect seed for next year

Bring under glass tender plants

More information about what to do in your garden in October

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Best Shrubs and Plants for September


The fading heads of Hydrangea look impressive at this time of year. Hydrangea do belong to the select group of plants and shrubs which are very long flowering.

There are many types of Hydrangea for images and growing tips, click here.

Colourful Acers

In autumn Acers make a spectacular splash of colour, a diverse genus with over 120 varieties varying significantly in size.
If you want the colour of Acers but do not have room for a large tree, check out A. palmatum dissectum  of which there are many varieties such as 'Ever Red' Tree, a beautiful weeping Acer which is compact reaching around 1m. Many of the smaller Acers are suitable to grow in containers.

Colchicum Autumn crocus

 A crocus for autumn?

This is Colchicum, the autumn crocus, which has multiple purple flowers appearing on stems ahead of the leaves. Only around .15 high, just like their spring namesake, Colchicums are ideal for naturalising in grasses or in containers for autumn colour. 



Autumn in the Veg Plot

In autumn you can plant onions and garlic, the latter especially benefits from a good cold spell. If your ground is  heavy, the bulbs could rot over winter in which case plant in containers but leave outside in sheltered area. You can also plant winter lettuces although when the weather gets bad the lettuces may need cloche protection/

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

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

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for 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.

toms in hanging basket

A month by month guide with  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 frost hardy means, 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.

Last updated 06.09.2021