Autumn Colour

Autumn is upon us and so begins a riot of colour in the garden. Green turns to brown, yellow and beautiful bronze and bursts of red, sit resplendent among the evergreens.

Autumn is a time for raking leaves, cutting back, preparing for the winter and potting up for the spring.

We have a lot going on in the garden centre and plenty of amazing, colourful plants, shrubs and trees to choose from.

Here are some of our Autumn highlights;

Autumn Colour 2015

And don’t forget all the Garden tasks for this month too. Here’s what to do;

General tasks:
Hold off pruning hedges which have berries, like hawthorn, blackthorn, bramble or dog roses, so birds can enjoy this essential food supply.
Turn compost bins one last time before winter and cover with cardboard for protection against winter rain.

Ornamental garden:
Clear away spent annuals and add to the compost bin: give seed heads a little shake first to encourage next year’s seedlings.
Finish planting evergreen shrubs so they have plenty of time to get established before winter hits.
Plant new climbers at the feet of sturdy supports, removing canes and ties and spreading out branches before re-tying them in.

Kitchen garden:
Leave pumpkin stalks attached when you harvest them to prevent the crown rotting and help it last longer in storage.
Plant autumn-sown onion sets (also known as Japanese onions) for overwintering and early crops next year.
Spray cabbages with insecticidal soap to nip late outbreaks of cabbage whitefly in the bud before they take hold.