October in the Garden

This is a great month to be tidying, planting and enjoying the beautiful Autumn sunshine, so our team at Tong have put together a quick guide to help you enjoy your garden this month!

The days might be getting shorter but these are exciting times to be in the garden! October is a great month to be tidying, planting and enjoying the beautiful Autumn sunshine, so our team at Tong have put together a quick guide to help you enjoy your garden this month!

Get planting as now is an ideal time to plant shrubs and trees as the soil is still relatively warm following summer and roots will take over winter.

Plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocus, daffs and alliums. It’s also the right time to plant up prepared hyacinth bulbs.

Brighten up your garden with beautiful bursts of winter colour from our seasonal selection of bedding plants. Pansies, Violas, Ivy and Dwarf Conifers will help bring your garden to life with that much needed splash of instant colour. Alternatively, pick up one of our gorgeous planted baskets or containers in store.


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This is the time to sow sweet peas in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame.

With the soil still warm, now is the best to time create structure by planting your hardy evergreen shrubs such as Azaleas and Hebes. We recommend planting now as this will allow the roots to establish over winter and ensure strong, healthy new growth in spring.

Store tubers because you’ll need to lift dahlia and begonia tubers once the foliage has been blackened by frost and store them in a dry, frost-free shed out of direct light. You can prune shrub roses by a third now to minimize autumn/ winter damage.

Prune herbaceous perennials but be selective when cutting as hardy plants such as Dicentra can be cut back now but leave less hardy types such as Penstemon until spring.

Provide protection for garden birds through the winter months by providing a healthy supply of food and water. Feed our feathery friends with a high energy diet such including soft crumb mix and suet balls over the coming months and reap the rewards with a wildlife haven in your garden.

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