Category: Autumn

Red & Gold

Red & Gold

Want the red and gold colours of autumn in your garden?  There are a few trees and plants that really come up to the mark. One is Liquidambar or more commonly called the American sweet gum tree. However, do be careful because it does grow very large and tall so not for small gardens. 

Perfect time to Plant Trees

Now is the perfect time to plant trees. The soil is still warm from the summer months and with the recent rain just the right texture to dig in your new plants. Remember to also dig in plenty of manure or plant humus. If you need any help with choosing your trees and how to plant please do contact our horticultural specialists at Hambrooks of Titchfield.

Japanese Acer

It tends to be one of the last trees to change colour and still retains its leaves long after other trees are sporting bare branches so is good for late colour in the garden. If you do have a small garden you can plant a Japanese acer for the red and colours of autumn. Make sure you enjoy the colours while they last as the acer tends to drop its leaves very quickly! One day its displaying a wonder autumn colour and the next the leaves are all gone!

Food for local blackbirds

Virginia creeper turns a stunning deep red, although in opposition to Liquidamber it not only drops  its leaves early but also very quickly.  The common grapevine is great for covering fences and growing over arches or pergolas even if you have no intention of making your own wine! The leaves are lime green all summer and late autumn go through this process from a light to deep red with the veins in the leaves becoming prominent. Additionally, if you leave the ripened grapes they provide food for the local blackbirds. You do do need to plant in full sun. 
Autumn Bedding

Autumn Bedding

In the past decade, autumn bedding plants have come into their own.   While there is not the same large selection available as with summer bedding, you can still create a great decorative seasonal display. You can choose from the ever popular autumn flowering pansies, violas and cyclamen.

Centre Stage

While pansies are the most popular autumn bedding, it is its smaller cousin, the viola that takes centre stage. They really do come in all colours of the rainbow. Ranging from deep velvet purples, mauves and dreamy blues, to more translucent lilacs, pink, sorbet yellows, to soft creams and whites. You can use them to create winter window boxes and patio pots or for brightening borders close to the house.  And what sturdy fellows they are! You might believe  a snowfall would crush them. Yet as soon as the snow melts, they miraculously lift their dainty faces and spring back to life.

Autumn & Winter hanging Baskets

Cyclamen in pretty pinks and white is very hardy and cold tolerant, although they do tend to fade quickly in very wet conditions. To avoid this scenario, plant them where they are well protected in porches or close to the house under the eaves. Or perhaps you fancy one of their colourful winter flowering hanging basket to cheer up your front door during the dark winter days?  

No Maintenance

Providing you plant them in well conditioned soil, autumn bedding will generally look after itself so you really do not have to do very much once you have planted them out. You need only give some very light watering if conditions are very dry, but you will probably find that the days are damp enough to provide enough moisture.

September Garden

September Garden

How does our September garden grow? As summer plants begin to fade, we often believe that once September arrives the colour will go from our gardens. This is far from true. There are many herbaceous plants that will grace our borders to take us well into the middle of October and even longer if Jack Frost stays away! Solidago or golden rod is a good back of the border plant with is tall stems and lance like leaves. It has deep yellow blooms, is draught tolerant and a great polinator. It also encourages migrating bees and butterflies to stay in the area.

Dense Flower Spikes

Another great late summer plant is the Agastache with its stems of dense flower spikes of lavender blue flowers and aromatic foliage. Again it is beloved of both butterflies and bees . It needs full sun and good drainage if you want it to bloom at its best.  Its name is derived from ‘aga’ which means much and ‘stachys’ which means many and this pertains to the abundance of its blooms. A striking and elegant plant for the mid border in your September Garden.

Tiny Daisies

Asters fill your borders with wonderful lilacs from lavender blue to white or hazy blue and will perform well if planted in full sun.  These masses of tiny daisies are a real treasure at this time of year and it is no wonder that aster means ‘star’ in Latin. Sedum grows with abundance all summer with its thick ‘cabbage’ like leaves and the mass of flower heads that are green then turn to a dark red colour as September approaches.  Once again it is a good pollinator.


Other herbaceous plants that bloom well into September are Achillea and Helenium or as its more commonly known, ‘sneezeweed’. If you would like some advice and help with your planting please call into our Garden Design & Landscape Centre in Titchfield. We are open 7 days a week and stock a wide and varied selection of plants, shrubs, specimen plants, mature plants and trees.

Autumn Plants

Autumn Plants

Winter Flowering Trees

Autumn plants and autumn planting is upon us. Ornamental and fruit trees are ideal to plant now. Some ornamental trees are winter flowering varieties such as the Prunus Autumnalis Rosea. This has a pretty pink blossom that starts to bloom in late October and often flowers right up until March. As a bonus, its deciduous leaves provide beautiful autumnal colour. It will serve you well as a specimen tree in the middle of a lawn.

If you prefer an early spring flowering variety there is the Prunus avium ‘Kanzan’. This is one of the most popular of garden cherry trees and produces masses of the most stunning double-pink blossoms.

Autumn Bedding Plants

In addition, there is no need to believe just because autumn is approaching with her golds and bronzes, we cannot continue to see some lovely bright colours in our borders. By taking advantage of the wide range of winter bedding such as pansies, violas and the wonderful cyclamen, we can keep our gardens looking very cheerful throughout the autumn and winter months. You can plant up baskets and pots to place by your front door or entrance to your home. This will add some cheery hues when it is too cold to do more than just hurry from your car to your front door!

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