September is often blessed with warm days, even an Indian summer, but can be accompanied with cold clear nights. Autumn is just around the corner and rain can be very much a feature of this time of year.

If there are gaps in the garden there is still plenty of colour available at Woodbank Nurseries, including the reds and yellows of rudbeckias, Echinacea and helenium as well as a wide range of Michaelmas daisies (Asters). However do be aware that these late bloomers can be susceptible to powdery mildew. If so there are several remedies for this including Fungus Clear Ultra.

Now’s the time to think about planting trees and shrubs. The soil is both moist and warm which is ideal to help establish plants. They will make lots of root now so that by the time next spring comes they will grow away well. They also won’t suffer as much if the following year turns out to be dry either.

Spring flowering bulbs are now available. The range is huge so don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Some bulbs such as daffodils, snowdrop, winter aconite, crocus and anemone blanda appreciate being planted in September. Don’t forget that bulbs such as daffodils and crocus can be planted in grassed areas to give you dull lawn areas a splash of colour in the spring.

Winter flowering pansies are available too – if they are planted early they will tend to flower through the autumn and into the winter. Later plantings tend not to flower until late winter early spring. However watch that if the weather does turn hot that they don’t get too drawn, to stop this happening reduce the amount of water you give them as this will help to keep the pansy plants compact.


Here are some more tips on what to do in the garden this month