Increase your stock
Do you have. a particular favourite herbaceous perennial that you would love more of? Try lifting and dividing, to allow it to colonise another area of the border. Now is the perfect time to do so, as the wet weather will allow the root system to flourish and become established before the growing season next year. If you’ve grown any biennials or perennials from seed this year, plant them out now, so again the root system can become well developed. Watching them take root in the garden is such a satisfying process, and what’s better- it’s completely free.
Tulips, narcissi, alliums and crocus can all be planted now, and be sure to select an organic bulb to prevent unnecessary exposure to neonics from bees and other pollinators. The RHS and Waitrose Garden have a great selection in stock now. Why not layer a container with an array of bulbs in coordinated colour schemes for a real wow factor early next year?
You can plant bare root ornamental and fruit trees now, and we really recommend doing so in this rainy weather, so they can get a good start before the main growing season begins next year- leading to healthy trees. Bare root trees are often a lot cheaper then their counterparts, and come with less plastic packaging, which is always a bonus. Be sure to plant any of your favourite clematis and climber varieties now too.
You can also plant blueberry bushes and evergreen and semi evergreen bushes this month, and in the vegetable garden, it’s the optimum period to divide rhubarb ( we can never turn down the idea of more rhubarb to infuse gin…). There’s a great guide to doing just that ,here.
We heartily recommend taking hardwood cuttings of deciduous shrubs, and a guide to it can be found here. Taking cuttings from your garden or surrounding area ( with landowners permission) is a great way to reduce ‘plant miles’ – meaning the distance the plant has had to travel to get to you, let alone huge amounts of plastic. Why not give it a go?