Take A Bough
This month definitely belongs to the trees and autumn leaves will demand your constant attention, though personally I think they’re beautiful on the tree, on the ground or just falling through the air …
A splash of bright colours can rock your world this season. Try to imagine a corner of your garden with the towering pampas grass cortaderia selloana, better known as Sunningdale Silver. The Cotinus smoke bush is another beautiful grass that will add a rich, flame-like presence to any area.
As winter approaches grasses can really come into their own, aligning themselves in the lee of a breeze, or in calmer corners simply standing proud, highlighted by dew or frost. They can make a big impact on even the simplest of gardens.
Before you go rushing off to the garden centre, you might have a bit of work to do as this time of year can also be quite laborious in terms of keeping on top of things. Here’s a list of some of the typical chores to be carried out in autumn:
- Put any tender plants under cover before the first frosts arrive
- Plant or move evergreens and conifers while soil is still warm
- Plant spring bedding such as wallflowers and polyanthus
- Plant spring bulbs
- Plant pots for winter and spring display
- Tidy perennials, removing dead stems but leaving seed-heads for birds to eat
- Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers
- Lay new lawns providing the soil is not too wet
- Batten down the hatches, ensuring nothing can blow about or couse damage on windy nights