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Parahebe 'Snow Clouds'

There are still plants in the garden flowering their hearts out as autumn arrives. John Hoyland extols the virtues of Parahebe 'Snow Clouds', plus gives ideas of places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

Bulb display

Get ready for the Big Bulb Plant on 1 October, when we're encouraged to join community planting activities aimed at brightening up our shared surroundings. If you're in London that day there's FREE bulbs to be had at a special bulb event at Westfield shopping centre.

Apple Day c. Sarah Cuttle

Now is the time to celebrate English apples. The season’s crop is in full swing so you’ve every reason to buy British – and more importantly now is your chance to try some of the less well-known cultivars, but no less tasty, growing in orchards around the country – many unique to their location.

Andrew Chatto

Andrew Chatto, the late husband of influential gardener Beth Chatto, made extensive notes during his botanising travels around the world. Andrew's knowledge and the detailed notes he made informed much of Beth's own approach to 'right plant, right place'. Now those papers have been made available online as a fantastically rich resource for all plant enthusiasts.

Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop' c. Rachel Warne

John Hoyland enjoys the last splashes of summer colour with the cheery Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop'

Sussex Prairies

Now is the perfect time to visit garden at Sussex Prairies with its mass plantings of late-summer perennials and grasses. On 4 September the gardens host a special plant fair with the chance to buy some more unusual plants from visiting nurseries - as well as works from artists and craftsmakers.

Ricinus communis and Canna 'Mystique' at Great Dixter c. Joe Rodriguez

Have you booked your place yet for our reader day on Exotic Gardening at Great Dixter? Learn more about the lush, dramatic plant you could be growing

Flower meadow on Hogarth roundabout c. Brita von Schoenaich

Guerilla gardeners are celebrating a floral success this summer. If you've been travelling into London along the Great West Road you might have noticed a fantistic display of meadow flowers right in the middle of a busy roundabout.

Dahlias in trug at Perch Hill c. Jonathan Buckley

Dahlias are the perfect flower to express the late summer season – blowsy blooms in an array of intense sunny colours. Come and celebrate their cheeriness at Sarah Raven's Dahlia Festival.

Bergamo's Piazza Vecchia

Be part of a landmark cultural gathering held in Italy that brings together international thoughts on garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education to promote a more sustainable and integrated use of the landscape.

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