Many gardeners fear that the garden is ‘over’ once autumn arrives, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With a little planning, and the right plants, your garden can be as stunning in the autumn as it was in the summer, standing out against the dramatic backdrop of changing colours provided by the surrounding trees. It’s not just foliage that adds colour to the garden at this time of year, though, as there are plenty of beautiful autumn flowers. Here we pick five of the best for your garden.
If you’re worried about your fennel freezing or your fuchsias getting frostbite, then making sure your greenhouse is insulated for the winter is a gardening essential. There’s no need to worry about expensive installation or specialised materials, either, as this is a DIY project that most amateur gardeners can achieve with ease. Read on to find out how to source and fit your own insulation, for an inexpensive but highly effective way of protecting your plants and vegetables during the winter months.
The key elements of greenhouse success are temperature and humidity. Temperature can be controlled with heaters, shades and insulation, while humidity is controlled through the introduction of water and air.
Just because summer is coming to an end that doesn’t mean your work in the garden is over. Aside from pruning, clearing and repairing beds, there are seeds to be planted ready for summer. And don’t forget, there are seeds to go in which will grow over the winter too.
In September I’m always tempted to start trimming back to get a proper head start on autumn, but my advice to myself is always #ResistTooMuchTidying.