Garden Jobs to do in September


Monday definitely felt like a day of mists and mellow fruitfulness while today has been bright and sunny and unbelievably warm. The brood of House Martins next door has all left the nest and were flitting and diving across the sky yesterday catching bugs and trying out their wings. We had quite a collection on the telephone wires and some on the roof which kept tumbling and almost falling off before spreading their wings and remembering that they could fly.


It has been so nice you can spend the whole day in the garden if you have time (and your back is up to it)  so now is the time to catch up on jobs and get ahead for the Autumn.

Herbaceous borders

If you spotted some gaps in your borders and took photos to remind you of when and where the gaps appeared you are a step ahead. If not, plant pot grown asters, phlox and rudbeckia in the gaps now and they will have filled out for next summer.

Or sow hardy annuals directly into the borders in some freshly drilled soil. They will provide an early display next summer.

Begin to dry off large pots of tender plants such as agapanthus and fuchsias. We lost a lot of agapanthus last winter so ensure you dry pots well and set aside – it can be sitting with their toes in water rather than the cold that kills them.

Prune climbing roses cutting out the oldest stems at ground level. Tie in new growth as near horizontal as possible to encourage flower buds next year.

Buy Spring flowering bulbs – you can never have enough bulbs they brighten even the dullest day. I have stocks of tulips and alliums. Call or email for more information on my current favourite planting combinations. This is one of my client’s combinations from this year.

Plant new climbers, shrubs and evergreens while the soil is still warm.


Now is the time to net your pond – not to stop the heron but to catch the leaves before they fall.

Vegetable garden

Keep harvesting courgettes or they will turn into marrows!

If you haven’t already done so lift your main crop potatoes

 Plant garlic bulbs, The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight are one of the best around. Visit

Add a fleece tunnel to keep the ground warm and sow winter salads. It’s amazing how easy it is and so delicious to pick a handful of fresh leaves for a sandwich in the depths of winter.

Plant new strawberries. A strawberry plant has about 3 years productive life so continually replanting the runners is the way to keep your patch productive year after year.

I like to clear the greenhouse and give it a thorough clean in September. I know I can leave plants outside for a night or two without them coming to harm so I empty everything, give it a thorough scrub and light a sulphur candle over night to disinfect the whole greenhouse.

If your garden is in need of some TLC then why not give me a call and let me come and advise on solutions. Or if you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.