5 steps to keep your urban garden beautiful into autumn

Published 30th August 2016 by Michelle

I love September. I always think it’s a time for change, perhaps a hangover from school days when September meant new stationary, new school clothes and a new school year, often with a new set of challenges and possibilities.

In the urban garden, September can feel a little depressing, as flowers start to fade, plants start dying off and we start to look ahead to colder times. But there are plenty of plants that will keep going and even thrive into autumn and winter.

By following 5 steps you can make September a time of positive (and beautiful) change in your urban garden.

The Steps:

1/ Plant autumn and winter flowering plants for colour through till spring e.g Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’, cyclamen, violas, Nerrine bowdenii, autumn flowering shrubs, and winter flowering clematis such as Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’.

2/ Enjoy late summer flowering plants e.g. rudbekia, crocosmia, Japanese Anemone as well as the long flowering plants that power through from early-mid summer till September e.g. salvias, dahlias and Verbena Bonariensis.

Rudbekia herta ‘Indian Summer’

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

3/ Harvest and preserve your summer herbs and lavender, and pot up some mint and parsley for the kitchen windowsill to keep it growing throughout winter. You can preserve herbs by freezing them in icecube trays and lavender by hanging bunches upside down on some string to dry. Also harvest your last potatoes, onions and garlic. Store them in a dark, cool, frost-free place and they’ll be good to eat throughout autumn and winter.

Peppermint, Variegated Peppermint and Moroccan Mint

Lavendula angustifolia

Curly Leafed Parsley

4/ Replace annual summer herbs (basil, coriander and dill) with leafy veg seeds such as rocket and spinach. You can keep sowing these till late November and harvesting till January.

5/ Don’t cut back grasses or the flower heads of alliums, Nigella love-in-a-mist or eryngiums, as they are attractive in winter – but you may want to give everything else a tidy up, cutting back dead foliage. Or if you prefer just leave the tidy up till Spring and the foliage will provide extra protection for you plants over winter.

Eryngium giganteum 'Silver Ghost'

And of course, Urban Botanics will be here throughout autumn and winter to show you how to keep enjoying your urban garden till Spring!

So here’s to September and all the new possibilities for our urban gardens! Wishing you a good one,

Michelle x