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Autumn and late Summer: Planting Tips for September and October

As the vibrant colours of autumn begin to paint the landscape, it's time to rejuvenate your garden with a selection of plants that thrive in the cooler months. In this blog post, we'll explore the ideal plants to grow during September and October, using Heritage Products and enhancing the soil with topsoil and compost. We'll also discuss essential care techniques, including watering and weeding, to ensure your garden flourishes even as the season changes. Let's dive in and create an autumn beauty!

Changing Leaves - Vibrant Autumn Colours

Choose Heritage Products Topsoils and Compost for Autumn:

When preparing your soil, use a high-quality topsoils to provide a fertile foundation for your plants. Complement this with compost, which enriches the soil with organic matter and nutrients, enhancing plant growth and overall soil health.

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Recommended Plants for Autumn:

Autumn brings its own unique beauty, and these plants will add a touch of enchantment to your garden during this time:

Flowers and Ornamentals:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Asters
  • Pansies
  • Violas
  • Sedums
  • Hellebores
  • Cyclamens
  • Ornamental grasses

Vegetables and Herbs:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Swiss chard
  • Spring onions
  • Herbs such as parsley, coriander, and dill
Did you know? "In the UK, it's called 'Autumn' because of its Latin origin, 'autumnus,' while in America, it's 'Fall' due to the descriptive nature of the season's falling leaves."

Planting Spring Bulbs:

The best time to plant spring bulbs in the UK is typically in the autumn, ideally between September and November. Planting bulbs during this period allows them to establish their root systems before the onset of winter. However, if you missed the autumn planting window, you can still plant spring bulbs in early spring, preferably before the ground becomes too hard or frozen.

It's important to note that different bulb varieties have specific planting depths and spacing requirements, so be sure to follow the instructions provided on the packaging or from reputable gardening sources. Generally, bulbs should be planted at a depth that is two to three times their own height.

When planting bulbs, choose a location that receives ample sunlight and has well-drained soil. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve soil fertility and drainage.

After planting the bulbs, water them thoroughly to settle the soil and encourage root growth. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged throughout the autumn and winter months.

By planting your spring bulbs at the appropriate time and providing proper care, you can look forward to a vibrant display of flowers as spring arrives in the UK.

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Watering and Caring for Your Plants:

While the weather may be cooler, proper watering is still essential during autumn. Follow these tips to care for your plants:

  1. Water your plants deeply and infrequently, ensuring the water reaches the root zone.
  2. Monitor soil moisture regularly and adjust watering based on the specific needs of each plant.
  3. Be mindful of rainfall levels and reduce watering accordingly.
  4. Use our Woodland Mulch or Ornamental Bark around plants to retain moisture and insulate the soil as temperatures drop.

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Autumn Weeding:

Weeds can compete with your plants for vital resources. Keep your garden tidy and vibrant with these weeding tips:

  • Regularly inspect your garden for weeds and remove them promptly to prevent them from taking hold.
  • Use hand tools or a hoe to carefully remove weeds, ensuring you remove the roots.
  • Mulch your garden beds to suppress weed growth and conserve soil moisture.

Weeding Made Easy: Mastering Effective Techniques, Tips, and Tools

Embrace the Seasonal Beauty:

Autumn is a time of transition and natural beauty. Embrace the changing colours and textures in your garden, and take time to appreciate the unique charm of this season. Consider adding decorative elements such as pumpkins, gourds, and colourful foliage to enhance the autumn ambiance.


September and October provide a splendid opportunity to transform your UK garden into an autumn wonderland. By using Heritage Products seeds and enriching your soil with topsoil and compost, you create an ideal environment for your plants to flourish. Remember to water your plants appropriately, stay on top of weeding, and take time to appreciate the beauty of the season. Embrace the autumnal palette and relish the joys of a vibrant garden. Happy gardening!

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves -

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