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Although autumn unmistakably arrives this month, the huge availability of tender perennials means we can all ensure our gardens remain colourful for a few more weeks.


Dahlias really come into their own, along with salvias, cannas and other exotics.  Crocosmias, perennial asters and Japanese anemones are easy choices for colour in the border.

 The weather in early September can often be warm and sunny, but by the end of the month it is often unsettled with rain and strong winds.  Frost may strike, so gardeners need to be prepared to move tender plants to their winter quarters.  Cacti and houseplants should be brought inside at the beginning of the month.


Essential Jobs Checklist for September

  • Buy spring bulbs for next year

  • Plant prepared bulbs for Christmas flowering

  • Dead-head roses and trim back tall stems

  • Harvest sweetcorn and onions

  • Rake lawn to remove debris, aerate and apply autumn dressing

  • Continue to plant containerised trees and shrubs

  • Keep feeding fish in ponds

  • Sow new lawns

  • Buy or make a compost bin if you haven’t already got one



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Last Chance to…

  • Take cuttings of tender perennials




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