Now it’s late autumn, and with it comes shorter days, misty mornings, and the time to wrap up. However when the sun does break through it really highlights the beauty of the changing landscape. The autumn leaf changes this year are showing spectacular colours, and give simple enjoyment from walking through carpets of pretty fallen leaves. The leaf fall is creating lots of work for gardeners! But it’s also a good time to look ahead and plant spring bulbs, and winter bedding to keep colour in your garden over the coming winter months. You can also put out bird seed to supplement their diminishing supply of berries and insects.
Skimmia japonica Rubella – evergreen compact shrub with pretty red flower buds
Cyclamen – cheery colourful flowers of pink purple white and red, and deep green leaves
Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) – beautiful leaf colour changes provide decorative interest
Good time to…
Clear leaves from lawns and flowerbeds
Put in spring-flowering bulbs
Plant colourful winter bedding in window boxes and containers
Gardens in the News
The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive organisation is working to save the genetics of ancient trees worldwide.
With Christmas coming up here’s a great sustainable idea from London Christmas Tree Rental – simply hire your living Christmas tree in a pot, which you then return to continue growing next year!
Explore some of the beautiful parks and gardens to enjoy the changing autumn leaves. Great destinations include London’s Royal Parks, National Trust gardens such as Claremont Landscape Garden and Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey, and of course the ever-inspiring Kew Gardens.
New garden maintenance contract in Wimbledon
Winter planting projects under way at apartment blocks in south London
Please do get in touch for any of your gardening needs
Toby and The Urban Gardeners team