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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

Take semi-ripe cuttings

More information about what to do in your garden in September

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Best Shrubs and Plants for September

Rosa Rugosa

Rosa Rugosa displays large rose hips and typifies early autumn.
 Easy to grow with little maintenance they are very popular as a hedge rose. R. Rugosa is suitable for planting in a wild garden as they lack the formality of a traditional rose, and also the black spot. 
The Blackbirds and thrushes will take the hips over autumn and winter.

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.

Japanese Anemones

This time of year there are many types of Japanese Anemones in flower, they can be prolific. One of the good things about J. anemones is that they will tolerate shade.
They are tall with saucer-like blooms in shades of white and pink, easy to grow, and tolerant of most soil types except boggy conditions.
A slight downside is that they can be invasive, especially if grown in ideal conditions. 

Hydrangea paniculata

Hydrangea is not to everyone's taste, the pink or blue blooms used always to be associated with the cottage garden style of planting. Hydrangea paniculata, illustrated is 'Limelight' opens with lovely creamy white flowers with tinges of green and then turns a faded light pink, a stylish shrub. 

If you think you don't like Hydrangeas, Crocus has a fabulous range of H. paniculata.

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.

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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