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Tips for October

  • Plants for October – Cyclamen hederifolium, Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Japanese anemone), Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fructo Luteo’ (autumn foliage with creamy-yellow berries) and Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy).
  • Plant up outdoor containers for winter and spring.
  • Plant new trees, shrubs and climbers.
  • Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs like berberis, buddleia, cornus and cotoneaster, while the soil is still warm.
  • Move large shrubs while growth is slow.
  • Plant hedges.
  • Harvest root crops like carrots, beetroot and turnips for storing. Parsnips and celeriac can survive a mild frost.
  • Plant garlic.
  • Protect late vegetables against frost with cloches.
  • Prune blackcurrants.

Links to interesting sites

Allotment growing www.allotment-garden.org

Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk

Society of Garden Designers www.sgd.org.uk

Rock Unique www.rock-unique.com

Creative Landscapes www.creative-landscapes.net

New legislation for front garden paving

The Government is hoping to steer the public to use more environmentally friendly products in their front gardens.

From October 2008, home owners in England must apply for planning permission if they want to pave their front garden with an impermeable material, such as asphalt. Planning permission is not required if you use a porous or permeable product which will reduce flooding and its subsequent damage.