• Katy Gardener

My Autumn Hits

Updated: Sep 25

I adore this time of the year, it's a gift of a season.


I've picked out my absolute highlights:


1. FRUIT BRANCHES FOR TABLESCAPES

Image credit: Minford Journal

I stole inspiration for this one from the wonderful Minford Journal. I think it looks beautiful and it's so simple. If you still have trees laden with apples, crab-apples or plums, then lob off a few branches and scatter them down your table for the easiest and most stylish table decoration.


2. JAPANESE ANENOMES


Japanese Anemones come in two colour varieties, violet pink or sparkling white. They are so dainty and elegant and have been an absolute joy in our garden! We have the pink variety, but I actually prefer the white ones. Either way they are all gorgeous.


The name of these pretty flowers is misleading, as they are native to Eastern China rather than Japan but have been hugely popular in Japanese gardens for centuries, and are now thriving in the UK.


Ideal Destination

  • A flower bed in need of colour in August and September

  • Works well with Hydrangeas in a simple planting scheme

  • They look lovely in a vase, but only last a few days


3. CHINESE LANTERNS


I always associate Autumn with the arrival of Chinese Lanterns. My mother in law gives everyone in the family a large bunch from her garden, and they decorate our homes until Christmas.

How to take care Chinese Lanterns

  • Grow in full sun or partial shade (code for: anywhere!)

  • Cut around the crown of the plant every November to prevent over growing

  • Be aware that they can colonise a flower bed, so if space is an issue they work well as container plants, but need lots of feeding and watering to thrive.


4. KNUBBLY GOURDS


These decorative gourds are not edible, so you just have to decide whether you are prepared to dedicate valuable space in your vegetable patch to grow something decorative rather than edible.


It was a battle I was prepared to have with Jack and miraculously I won!


5. DAHLIAS

You get serious bang for your buck with dahlias. With the right treatment they go on and on and on and on! We have had healthy blooms for over two months now and they are still going strong.


Dahlias bring glorious colour into your fading summer garden and they are also shows-topping cut flowers. I can't praise them enough, and although I want to plant lots more next year, I think moderation is the key.


5 TIPS ON LOOKING AFTER DAHLIAS

  1. Dahlias will thrive in the warmest part of your garden.

  2. Dahlias are greedy plants requiring gallons of water and extremely fertile soil to thrive. Feed them regularly.

  3. Larger dahlias will need staking.

  4. Protect your dahlias from slugs and earwigs.

  5. As dahlias are tender plants you will need to bring in the tubers over the winter.

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