September in the 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 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.




N. Haggard 20 September 2022

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how delighted I am with my new garden.

Jon, my designer, listened to my ideas and delivered on everything I asked for. I wanted something different to any garden I’d had before, no lawn, no landscaping but packed with plants. He designed such a lovely secret garden, around a statement tree. And I have to commend him for his unwavering patience! I changed my mind a hundred times but never did he give me the impression that he was losing patience with my endless indecision. And my confidence in him led me to place an order for over £10k.

My landscaping team, Blade and Tony, were exceptional, from their work ethic, skill and knowledge, to the way they dealt with me, the customer. My standards are very high and I couldn’t fault them.

All in all, a very professional team of people. And it showed that they all care. I’m over the moon with the finished result. I will send you a before and after photo. Thank you so much.

A delighted customer.

G. Gray. May 2022

My front garden has been transformed by Andy and Bradley who both worked incredibly hard and I am delighted with the result. Andy had the vision and skill to turn my idea into reality and I can't thank him enough.

C. Haig Sept 2021

We recently had our garden landscaped by Hambrooks and I just wanted to pass on my thanks, not just for the outcome - which is superb - but for the professionalism of all the staff involved on the job who are all a credit to you company. Mike, Dave, Les and Adam.

H. Sharp Sept 2021

I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with my new garden. Melanie was a delight to work with and the ideas she had have worked perfectly. Also Sheldon laid the patio beautifully and him and Dave were a pleaseure to have at my house. Quiet workers and polite.

B. Rendell April 2021

I would like to say how delighted we are with the work carried out. Mel, Paul and Tony all worked very hard, they totally took on board the specific need relating to safety as well as the general garden issues. Paul and Tony were excellent at consulting and discussing with me what I felt best in terms of the brief and adjusting if and as necessary, constantly pleasant and polite to deal with. Mel had picked up on particular issues from the first consultation and offered valuable advice. The outcome means a great deal less worry for me going forward.
Altogether a very positive experience and outcome which I would not hesitate to recommend to others.

Stephen March 2021

Dom and Adam's work (garden maintenance) is greatly appreciated. Dom really listened to everything we discussed very carefully and went out of his way to understand and then act upon that discussion. We are extremely pleased with the work done - both to the pond and pyracantha.


We have been coming to Hambrooks for years and it's our favourite garden centre because of its friendly helpful staff and a great selection of plants and trees and the garden design ideas.

“We wanted to write and say how pleased we are with our low maintenance garden makeover. We are very impressed with the attitude of your staff who were prepared to listen to our requirements. Your team John and Rick brushed up and left everything tidy at the end of the day. We now have a garden we can manage and it looks great. THANK YOU HAMBROOKS.”

Mr & Mrs Venables, Southampton. April 2019

“Dear Josh & Mike We just want to say you both did a brilliant job of designing our garden along with the guys who did the work who were amazing. A few weeks on its looks even better now some of the plants are blooming. Thank you!!”

Mr & Mrs Gazzard, Winchester July 2019

“To James, John & Rikki. Thank you so much, we are delighted with our new garden. We really appreciate the attention to detail, the high quality workmanship and the standard of the finished project. We are amazed at how John & Rikki resolved the difficulties of the site and by the quality of their craftmanship. It was a pleasure to work with them and thank you for making our ideas into something we will enjoy for years to come.”