Autumn gardening is a special time of year for gardeners and plant lovers. Far from being the time to hang up your gardening gloves, this is the ideal season to take stock of your garden and begin planning for the year to come.
Autumn is a time of shortening days, runny noses, and cold cheeks, so for most people their gardening time during this period of the year is limited.
To help, here we provide a rundown of the best plants to get in the ground now with minimum time and fuss.
Beautiful and elegant, the Japanese anemone flowers from late summer to autumn, displaying pink or white blooms, and is an excellent choice for beginners.
Be sure to plant it in well-drained, fertile soil, and keep in mind that once established it is very hard to remove, so make sure to take your time in choosing just the right spot for this hardy plant!
If you find yourself with a little extra gardening time in the winter months ahead, spread some mulch around the base to keep the ground nourished.
Available in a stunning variety of colours, Lupins are hugely popular and will come into flower from late May onwards. They are very resistant to frost and so will endure the British winter very well. Perfect flowers for autumn gardening.
Lupins don’t need rich soil, just a well-drained, sunny spot to keep them thriving. They can be sown from seed as early as February, just make sure you select a perennial variety rather than an annual.
Note: They are a favourite of slugs, snails and aphids, so take care to inspect them regularly throughout their growing and flowering periods.
Enjoy the simple charm of these pink to delicate purple flowers by planting them in moisture-rich soil in a sunny patch of the garden.
Michaelmas daisies take well to any type of soil as long as it is well drained, and they prefer full sun. Keep the weeds away from these delicate flowers and water them regularly, being sure not to over-water or let the ground they’re in turn soggy.
Michaelmas Daisies are easy to grow and many varieties are long-flowering, so do a little research to reap the longest rewards from this traditional garden bloom.
A statuesque addition to the garden, these perennials will provide handsome mauve and cream blooms when summer comes.
They are a hardy plant and establish themselves very well in soil with good drainage and a good amount of sun.
Be aware that this impressive plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and 6 feet across, so plant it somewhere which will allow it plenty of room to spread.
Tulips come in a wide assortment of colours and are easy to grow from bulbs. They look great in borders and planters, just make sure to plant them very deep to protect them from foragers and frost.
Last but most certainly not least, what autumn planting would be complete without a spring-flowering bulb. Ideally these should be planted no later than November, or before the first frost arrives.
Many people who plant tulips will opt to cut the flowers once they arrive in summer for display indoors, which is absolutely fine, but it’s essential to let the leaves on the plant die back naturally without cutting them.
When autumn gardening, remember too that containers are always an excellent and highly versatile way to enjoy and display plants throughout the colder months, if you can’t wait for the rewards of planting off-season perennials.
Be sure to bring plant containers inside when the hard frosts come if you have any doubts about the hardiness of your plants.
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