Well, here we are in October and as I write, the weather has turned quite autumnal. Cool nights and dewy mornings, coupled with a fresh breeze, can only point one way.
Though many of the summer flowering perennials have finished and been cut back in readiness for winter, some still bloom on regardless. Hardy geraniums such as Rozanne (below, left), for example, will flower right up until the first frosts; and with its stunning large azure blue flowers with a white eye, it provides a welcome splash of colour in autumn borders.
Similarly, the Japanese Anemones (above, right) are now looking at their best. Our Swan range, Dreaming and Ruffled, continues to produce pale blue-backed white flowers, and there are still many buds to open. It’s great to have late interest such as these, and they provide a contrast to any shrubs or trees you may already have bursting with autumn colour in your garden. Asters and Rudbeckias flower on and on into the autumn too, and if these are allowed to remain, the seed heads can not only feed the birds but look lovely edged in frost too.
When it comes to cutting back your perennials in autumn, it’s really down to personal choice. While it undoubtedly looks neater, a slightly untidy garden has its benefits too, and really provides a great haven for all sorts of wildlife over the winter.
The Growing Nursery will close at the end of the month, reopening next March, and I can hardly believe how fast this season has flown! I would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for your continued support and feedback - it is hugely appreciated. Over the winter, we will be clearing off the nursery; sweeping and sterilising; and preparing for next year. In no time at all, our new season’s potting will start to land, and the cycle will begin all over again. I can't wait!
See you all again in March.
Alyson Woods, Nursery Manager