Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.


Verheggen dahlias

Nel and Theej Verheggen have perfected their dahlia growing, which they combine with billowing grasses and rambling roses to romantic effect. Here's some of their favourites.

Julia Wylie's Aster explosion pot combination c. Andrew Montgomery

We asked gardener Julia Wylie to create a planting scheme for a container that said goodbye to summer in style.

Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter suggests extending the summer season with Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' - a showy star that brings colour, stature and structure to your garden

The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury

Rory Dusoir reviews The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury to learn more about how to garden both with wildlife in mind.

Lavender c. Paul Debois

Roger Bastin of Bastin Nursery in the Netherlands (specialists in Mediterranean plants) names nine of his favourite lavender cultivars, along with tips on how best to grow and maintain them.  

Anemone tomentosa c. Sharon Pearson

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests Anemone tomentosa as an excellent addition to the late summer planting palette - PLUS other plant choices, and places to go to enjoy the season's plants at their best.


Mini meadow c. Andrew Montgomery

Bring the essence of summer to your own garden with this mini meadow in a pot. Gardener Julia Wylie uses annuals in bright contrasting colours to celebrate the season.

Comma c.Matt Berry for Butterfly Conservation

Do your bit to help our pollinators. We've got details of this summer's Big Butterfly Count PLUS a list of 10 garden plants chosen by butterfly experts Sally and Matthew Oates that will encourage and sustain pollinators.

Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' c. Sharon Pearson

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett selects the rich red Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' to fire up summer planting  plus 8 other summer recommendations of plants to grow and places to go.


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