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By Sarah Kay, Sep 10 2019 04:09PM
Autumn is here. It's a little bit chillier and a little bit darker in the evening. Here's my top 5 jobs for the garden this September.
1. Fill gaps with Autumn flowering perennials
Sedum, Echinachea and Rudbeckia are all late flowering perennials that make great beacons for the insects in the Autumn.
2. Maintain your lawn
September is a great time to give your lawn an overhaul. Rake out the thatch, aerate with a garden fork and reseed any bare patches.
3. Plant up Autumn containers
Heuchera and Erica (heathers) and Anemanthele provide great evergreen backdrops to Hylotelephiums, Asters and Rudbeckias which provide colour and Autumn nectar.
4. Make leaf mould
Collect up fallen leaves to create a great mulch to put on your garden - leaf mould.
5. Plant Spring bulbs
Now is the time to plant bulbs including Crocuses, Daffodils and Fritillaries for a colourful Spring display.
So enjoy the last of the late Summer sunshine and get your jobs done this weekend.
By Sarah Kay, Aug 8 2019 08:35PM
It's the last month of the Summer so get out and enjoy your garden this August before Autumn is upon us. Here's my top tips for jobs to do this month.
1. Prune Summer flowering shrubs
Shubs that flower during the Summer (Vibernum, Buddlejia, Spirea, Hydrangea, Philadelphus) are ready for a prune once the flowers have faded.
2. Stake tall perennials
Tall perennials such as Lillies and Dahlia benefit from staking to ensure that they don't flop.
3. Cut Penstemon down
As Penstemon flowers fade, cut the back to just above a leaf to encourage more blooms.
4. Cut back herbs
Cut back herbs to encourage a new flush of leaves before the frosts set in.
5. Trim Lavendar plants
Trim Lavendar flower stems after flowering to stop it becomng woody
By Sarah Kay, Jul 30 2019 08:29PM
So now we're in the full swing of the Summer holidays, here's some ideas to get the whole family outside, to enjoy nature and get involved.
1. Magic Garden at Hampton Court
By Sarah Kay, Jul 24 2019 02:28PM
Last week I implemented my design for an E20 Dog Friendly Courtyard and Roof Terrace. Here's some initial photographs - furniture to follow soon.
Phyllostachys nigra provides a privacy screen
By Sarah Kay, Jul 15 2019 09:27AM
Over the last few weeks I've been working on a design for a client in Muswell Hill. The North facing back garden, which was designed many years ago, was due an update to give it a more contemporary feel to match the recently renovated house.