What should I be planting in September?

What should I be planting in September?

There’s no month like September for its Autumnal transformation to your garden. While squashes and the like are fruiting, it’s time to look forward to planting for winter and spring colour.
Planting in September focuses around planting up your winter containers; the obvious choice is pansies, but try mixing these with small grasses, heathers, trailing plants such as ivy, thyme, ajuga and sedum.
Underplant them with bulbs to give added interest.  Cyclamen will look great in containers to add to that Autumn colour. For a lovely combination, think about planting with grey foliage.
For more permanent planting, small shrubs can be used such as skimmia, levcothoe, Erica “Alberts Gold”. You can also consider Euphorbia and grasses like Festuca glavca and the black ophiopogon.
This is also a good time to start planting spring bulbs, eg. daffodils, crocus, winter aconites, alliums etc.  If you plan to have tulips, they can be left a bit later.  Make sure the drainage is good by adding grit when planting.  Plant up your hycacinths to give colour and scent for Christmas, or to give as gifts.
This month you can also think about planting trees and shrubs whilst the ground is still warm, making sure the area is well prepared. Incorporate a handful of bone meal for ideal preparation.
On your general housekeeping list should be dead-heading your dahlia regularly to keep the flowering.
There’s so much more to consider growing and planting in September – come in and see us for more advice.