Here are key autumn garden tips plus 7 top suggestions of plants to plant now.
You may be tempted to stop gardening in autumn, but if you do, you’ll be missing a trick.
Because now is the best time to plant most perennials.
So here is a selection of plants to plant now.
They’ve been recommended by plant growing experts from a collective of independent plant nurseries called the Plant Fairs Roadshow. This group of nurseries set up plant fairs in beautiful gardens around the UK between spring and autumn.
Visitors to the gardens get free entry to the road shows as well as the chance to buy plants from people who grew them. This means that they can give you the right advice about how they’ll grow in your gardens. And there’s also a ‘plant doctor’ on hand.
I caught up with the Plant Fairs Roadshow at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent. The No Name Nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Miles Japanese Maples, Pineview Plants, Pelham Plants and Dan Cooper Garden were there, and have shared good autumn garden info with us.
Why plant in autumn (or fall)?
You may be tempted to forget about the garden as the nights draw in. But autumn – or fall, as it’s also known – is a brilliant time to plant perennials, bulbs and trees.
Steve Edney, who owns the No Name Nursery in Kent, with his partner Louise Dowle, explains that the soil is still warm.
‘The plants get a chance to start growing. Then when the weather gets colder, they go dormant, but are in a good position to start growing immediately when spring comes.’
However, when you plant in spring, the ground may still be cold. And when summer comes, sometimes quite quickly afterwards, too much heat could put newly planted plants under strain.
‘There’s no wrong time to plant a perennial,’ says Steve.
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