It’s both sad and exciting to say goodbye to summer, but hello to the gorgeous autumn colours that now grace the tree tops. With the cold weather coming in it’s time to take good care of the garden in preparation for winter. And that means bringing in those tenders, propagating your favourites, and a good old tidy up. Read on for more information about what we’ve been up to, tips on what to do this time of year, any some pretty pictures of what’s looking good here at Lamorran…
My favourite tree this month has got to be this magnificent Acer palmatum atropurpureum dissectum. One of the first signs autumn has arrived in the garden is when this dashing specimen starts to change colour. Featuring delicate scarlet red leaves and shapely branches, it is perfect to make a statement in any garden!
But that’s not the only Acer around to catch the eye! Look at this one just changing from its summer green leaves to this eye catching yellow. I love watching the colours of the garden change with the seasons, and these trees are perfect for year round interest. The elegant beauty encapsulated by these small standing Acer trees can make your garden feel warm and inviting even on the chilliest of evenings; and they are certainly my top recommendation for any reader interested in a Japanese inspired outdoor space.
Mission for Autumn: prevent, protect, propagate!
The time of year for wet and stormy weather has arrived, so to give your back garden beauties a fighting chance there are a few little jobs to take care of. Number one: stake anything needing extra support. This simple act can stop your precious plants from going snap in the wild winds, so if you spot anything that looks a bit too wobbly or is newly planted, play it safe and give it a firm stake to hold on to and help anchor itself.
Next, don’t forget to protect all those lovely tender plants! It’s time to move them in, out of the cold and into the greenhouse. Even if you’re not equipped with a greenhouse, there’s plenty you can do. You can wrap precious plants in fleece, bring them into your house briefly over winter, or even just moving the plant a few metres closer to a sheltered wall could make all the difference. Here at Lamorran, we move all our lovely Citrus trees and potted tenders under this roofed structure on the terrace from autumn until spring. It may not seem like much, but that little bit of shelter makes a big difference for temperature, and the same rule applies in your garden. Know your own little microclimate spots in the garden, and you’ll be one happy gardener.
One important thing to do is take any last minute cuttings for next year! Anyone with a green thumb fears another ‘Beast from the East’ so to give yourself peace of mind, be sure to get propagating replacements in case of a harsh winter! After all that is sorted, the final touch for the garden should be a good old tidy up! So cut back & remove any dying foliage and be amazed at how this small act can take your garden from looking battered to beautiful.
Now most of the hard work is out of the war, make time for a little bit of fun! Just because winter is on the way doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful flowers on show. In the picture below, you can see a combination of ferns, ivy, and ruby coloured Cyclamen has been used to create a sophisticated container display for winter interest. (Well done, Jack!) So look for winter bedding inspiration and get planting your own! Or if you’re a forward thinking gardener you’re probably eager to start planting your bulbs ready for spring. Now is the perfect time to cosy up and plan for next year.
In flower now we still have some colourful Hydrangea and Salvia ‘Amistad’ which is great for long lasting interest. We’re also lucky to have a November flowering Camellia ‘Narumigata’ featured in the garden, which provides bountiful blooms throughout Autumn. But I have to say my favourite thing to see this time of year is all the Cyclamen dotted along the pathways coming back to life to keep you company in the cold weather…
Thank you, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading & have found my autumnal tips helpful, please share or comment if you’d like to know more.
Keep planting and keep posted,
Blog by Hannah Berry