Rudbeckia is a stunning and very worthy contender for the flower of the month.
Although September usually marks the end of summer, hopefully this year, we might just be lucky and be able to enjoy an Indian summer. Ahead of autumn we could certainly do with a prolonged warm dry spell. This month can be a very busy period and traditionally an important month in the gardening calendar. Soil temperatures remaining warm and more moisture in the atmosphere ensures good growing conditions. This is an ideal time to keep the garden looking good, complete outstanding maintenance tasks and introduce new plants.
- Cut back and dead head (remove faded blooms) summer flowering perennials
- To fill any unexpected gaps in the border, plant Rudbeckia and Echinacea for late summer/Autumn colour
- Transplant evergreen shrubs
- Establish a new lawn (roll turf or seed)
- Plant early spring flowering bulbs
- Now is a very good time to cut back faded blooms on Lavenders and trim the foliage very lightly, avoiding cutting into old wood, to help the plant to retain a nicely rounded and compact shape