How To: 14 tips to get your garden ready for Autumn

October 04, 2011 06:40 | Home and Design
Chelsea Gardener garden centre Sydney Street London

The warm and busy summer has come to an end and Autumn is here. Diogo Correia, head of landscaping at The Chelsea Gardener provides 14 tips on how to get your gardens ready for the Autumn months.

We can always tell when Autumn is upon us at The Chelsea Gardener as the first Heather and Cyclamen arrive in store. As the season changes, your garden will change too - in shape, colour and scent. As the golden light softens, autumnal bulbs begin to show their first leaves. If your geraniums, Petunias or Fuchsias have stopped flowering, the time has come to replant your hanging baskets and window boxes. 

It can be difficult to know what to do with your garden at this time of year, so here are 14 tips for the coming months.
Chelsea Gardener Sydney Street London
Move plants indoors
If your citrus plants are starting to produce their winter fruits with deliciously fragrant flowers; make sure you move them indoors or into the conservatory before the first frost settles.
Get planting your autumn bulbs
Colchicum, autumn flowering crocus, Madonna lily (Lilium candidum) and Nerine are great ones to start with! All available at The Chelsea Gardener.
A bit of recycling
Go around dead-heading your flowers and collecting seeds from a range of plants such as foxgloves and aquilegia which will have produced plenty of seeds that can now be sown to fill gaps in your border. Once the Lavender have finished flowering, cut their heads! 
Give your plants support
Some plants may require support at this time of year. You can support plants with stakes or fix them to climbing structures. The Chelsea Gardener Collection can provide trellis for your garden and our landscape team can install it, or give consultation on more detailed designs. 
Trim your hedges
Especially privet, beech, hornbeam, yew, box and holly (in September) to ensure that they are tidy for the winter. Possibly best to leave newly planted hedges until next year if they have not yet reached the required height. The Landscape Gardener provides complete pruning maintenance services.
Water, water!
Keep watering your Camellias during the last warm weeks and avoid buds from dropping prematurely. We have just received our first Camellia delivery of the year – for a beautiful and colourful Spring next year come and pick some out!
Pick away
Pick the first, early-ripening apples.
Herbs and Veg
Cut back your parsley to encourage growth in the winter months. It is also a good time to sow your spinach. Pick fresh herbs and store/freeze them so they can be used when necessary. Come and choose from a range of high quality tools at The Chelsea Gardener.
Tidy up
Sweep the garden, getting rid of all dead leaves and rotting fruits that attract pests and diseases. The leaves can then be composted to make leaf mould and later used as potting mix and mulch.
Both roses and lavender can be pruned back after they have stopped flowering.
Plant all your spring flowering bulbs such as Alliums, Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips. Autumn is also a great time to plant evergreen shrubs like, box, yew, bay and conifers. The warm soil helps root the plants!
Make hardwood cuttings from your favourite shrubs and propagate them in gritty soil keeping them in a cold frame, cloche or indoors.
A final pruning
A pruning of all the climbing long shoots, rambler roses and remove suckers.
Last but not least
Don’t work too hard! Remember to enjoy the last glowing summer colour of Dahlias, Anemones, Sweet peas, Crocosmias, Asters, Verbenas!
If you require more tips, would like a helping hand or if your garden needs a complete redesign visit The Landscape Gardener at The Chelsea Gardener at 125 Sydney Street, SW3 6NR or enquire online.

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