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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.

Add winter colour to brighten your garden by planting up containers and hanging baskets using autumn/winter favourites including pansies, violas, ivy, primulas and polyanthus. Small conifers and small hardy shrubs will give some height. Alternatively pick up a planted basket or container instore.

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

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. Also prune climbing and rambling roses then tie in the stems to prevent 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.

This is the time tosow sweet peasin an unheated greenhouse or cold frame

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 shrubroses by a third now to minimize autumn/ winter damage. Also prune climbing and rambling roses then tie in the stems to prevent 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.


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