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Monday 2 September 2019

This Month in Your Garden - September

Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. Anon.

How do you see your garden next year? Do you have a picture in your mind of swathes of colour across bright borders or muted, subtle shades and architectural planting. The act of gardening is good for physical health and the pleasure a garden brings has bearing on mental wellbeing. The garden need not be a complicated affair, often the simplest plan outshines the complex.

This month is the ideal time for a garden makeover, laying or seeding a new lawn, cutting back and dividing, digging and planting. And a plan is a good place to start. It’s surprising easy to get out the gardening books, some coloured pencils and a blank sheet of paper. But then you stare at it, and the garden, waiting for inspiration. Don’t wait, scribble. Think about that shrub that’s outgrowing its spot. Would it look better moved elsewhere? X marks the spot. Now that patch that’s always bare in the spring. It would look great filled with daffodils or tulips. Colour it yellow.

There’s so much can be done in September. Usually the weather is garden friendly. Which means you can be out there, dividing herbaceous perennials and planting new ones, preparing areas for planting bulbs, taking cuttings of tender perennials such as pelargonium and osteospermum, collecting and sowing seeds. Sow sweet peas in a cold frame or greenhouse for early summer colour next year. Sow grass seed if you have prepared for a new lawn. Sit out on a sunny day and enjoy making your plans for planting now for next year’s garden.

  • Clean out greenhouses and cold frames ready for autumn
  • Plan to move any shrubs and trees at the end of the month
  • Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals
  • Net ponds before leaves fall   
  • Sow hardy annuals
  • Plant out spring flowering biennials
  • Plant new perennials towards the end of the month
  • Deadhead roses, dahlias, foxgloves and other plants to prolong the display 
  • Stake tall, late flowering perennials 
  • Deadhead, water and feed hanging baskets

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