1. Get tidying your borders
It’s time to prune your summer-flowering shrubs, such as hydrangeas and spirea, and dead-head your perennials –it’ll keep plants healthier and stronger in the long run, and will encourage continued flowering into autumn. Consider also dividing your fading perennials, such as Hostas and Rudbekias, and relocating them to keep roots strong and fill gaps in your borders for next season.
2. Think about next season’s display
Now is the perfect time to think about the plants you’ll want blooming next season; make sure to plant any new trees or shrubs well before the first frosts to give them chance to establish, collect seeds from garden plants and even plant spring-flowering seeds such as Calendula, Cornflowers and Forget-Me-Nots for colour from May, and get your autumn-planting bulb order in now – by the time September and October come around, many bulbs sell out, so order your tulips, hyacinths and other early-flowering bulbs ready for planting.
3. Refresh your soil
The summer season takes its toll on all aspects of your garden, one of which is easily forgotten – your soil! It dries out, loses nutrients and your mulch washes away. Add a little organic fertiliser for a last-minute boost before the season is out, and add a fresh layer of mulch to make sure your borders are looked after well into autumn and winter.
4. Prep for the first frosts
Fancy a new project ahead of autumn? Why not try your hand at building a cold frame to protect your plants against frosts and extend your season, which you can then re-use in the springtime. If you don’t have spare glass and wood laying around, and you don’t want to invest in a pre-made cold frame, use burlap and other fabrics to help cover and insulate your plants.