Many people hold the belief that planting takes place during the spring and summer months and so I was delighted by the Royal Horticultural Society’s promotion of planting in autumn campaign. Autumn is the perfect time to plant for now and next year’s garden development, giving you the opportunity to enjoy watching your garden fill out over the autumn and winter months too.

The newly planted stock will be in place in your garden for all that burgeoning new growth in the following spring. Roots go down into the soil taking up nutrients and developing roots during autumn which gives them a head start for the following spring’s new growth and display.

Don’t be afraid to buy bare root plants, these are often the cheaper way to buy in your herbaceous perennials and evergreen shrubs and trees. A bare root plant is a plant that is sold with the roots exposed, rather than in a pot. Buying plants in this way is done during the plants dormancy period, usually during November to March. So if you are thinking about adding plants in your garden, now is the time!

If you are wanting to bring more spring flowers into your garden, now is the time to plant your bulbs and I recently read the BBC’s gardening pages on planting spring flowering bulbs, which is very useful if you are unsure as to the depth of the planting holes for each of the selected species and varieties.

I often look at Hedge Nursery’s website for inspiration and information on stock and availability, especially when planting up a new hedge or for exploring alternative plants to traditional hedging plants. Really worth a look. I am always happy to advise on the best plants for your garden, taking in your preferences and wishes.

I am passionate about colours for the autumn and winter garden, I am a self-confessed disciple of Graham Stuart Thomas. As a professional gardener I can bring my plants knowledge into your garden and help develop your garden so that it has as much beauty and interest during autumn and winter as it does during spring and summer.

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting scheme for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

Happy gardening!