For Autumn colour…

Extend summer flowering. Prune out the main stems of delphiniums when they are past their best and deadhead roses and other shrubs through the summer for a second show. Place pots of bright foliage, an acer for example; where a splash of colour is needed. Bedding plants serve the same purpose until the first frosts. Plan ahead and plant asters, Michaelmas daisies and chrysanthemums towards the back of borders. Also gladioli and dahlias are flamboyantly fashionable, plant them in groups. Choose naturally long-flowering plants such as campanula, geraniums, hibiscus, hydrangea macrophylla, scabious and veronica. Leave berries and seed heads to please the eye as well as hungry wildlife later in the season.

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