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Autumn Planting Tips

The colder months are upon us, and autumn is a wonderful time for planting and sowing; in particular spring-flowering bulbs and vegetable varieties.

There are also a few ways in which you can keep colour in your garden over this season, read on for our top tips and tricks.

Prepare your beds & borders

Prepare your beds and borders by mulching old perennials and crops, or clearing them away into a compost heap. Spread multi-purpose compost or well rotted manure over the area, this will aid in improving soil health, and will improve next years plant health and harvest.

Sow new varieties

Now is a fantastic time to sow new varieties, whilst the weather is cooling down but still mild enough. Spring Onion, Cornflowers, Nigella, Kale and Radish are some of our top recommendations.

Now is also a great time to plant your spring-flowering bulbs.

Add colour

Brighten up your garden by adding seasonal colour with winter bedding such as Pansies, Violas, Cyclamens. You can also add vibrancy by using colourful pots in and around the garden.

Tidying up

As we enter the season of autumn, it is a great opportunity to give your garden a tidy up and prepare it for the seasons ahead.

  • Remove fallen leaves from beds, borders, lawns and pathways
  • Create leaf piles for wildlife overwintering
  • Clean up ponds
  • Harvest final crops

Autumn Plants

Here’s to some of our top Autumn plants.


Anemones produce wonderful blooms in early autumn, and can flower well into October.


Cyclamen are a well loved winter bedding plant; they create a pop of colour in autumn beds and borders.

Pansy & Viola

Another well loved winter bedding plant, pansies and violas are a cheerful addition to any autumn garden.


Part of the daisy family, asters are a gorgeous and colourful flower that bloom well into autumn.

Crab Apple

Crab apple trees are a wonderful, mid-sized tree that produce vibrant autumnal colours, bringing life into an autumn garden.


Autumn is the best time to plant cotoneaster, with many varieties producing wonderful autumnal colour.


Well-loved and popular, acers are particularly fantastic in autumn when they come out in vibrant colours.

Ornamental grasses

Add texture and colour to your garden throughout autumn with ornamental grasses; they come in a huge variety of shapes and colours.


Dahlias are a beautiful flower for this season, as they end to bloom well into autumn before the first frosts!


Sedums are a wonderful autumn plant as they flower from August onwards, providing lots of colour for your garden.

If you’d like to find out more or have questions then please do come and talk to our experts