The best part of our summer seems to have taken a rain check (literally) with the sun only just beginning to show its face. We can finally start to show off our gardens properly. But as it’s September in just over a month, we need to plan what flowers to plant to make sure our plots stay as beautiful all year round.
The best way to make sure that autumn-blooming flowers survive the season is get them planted early, so now is the time to start putting in your blossoms. This is to make sure that the plants will bloom before winter’s frost. It’s also important to get the colours right, as autumn flowers usually come in deeper colours, such as scarlet, purple, and gold.
One flower that will look beautiful in an autumn Garden is the Chinese bellflower, whose slate blue petals curve together to give the flower the shape that is its namesake. It’s also worth taking notice of the much-maligned chrysanthemum. The ‘mums’ are often disliked, perhaps due to them being using for funerals, but there are so many varieties of this flower that you are bound to find one to suit you.
When visiting your local garden centre, it’s best to ask someone who works there which are the best hardy perennial plants, and which to steer clear of. Without too much trouble, you should be able to design a garden for autumn that not only can weather the season, but will look gorgeous too.