September seems to have sprung up on us really quickly this year. The schools are back, people are going back to the office and life is returning to some sort of normality. It’s still very different to this time last year – even the weather is different; in September 2019 we were in the middle of an ‘Indian Summer’ and enjoying the rewards of a fruitful season in the garden. This year it’s been a bit more mixed with downpours, thunderstorms and drizzle, interspersed with the odd lovely sunny day.

We’re busy as ever here at The Garden Shop,. We’ve been adding in lots of lovely new products in the gift shop, new plants in the courtyards, and new stock in our Barn. With the summer holiday season gone, it’s a great time to come down for a visit to see what we’ve got. We have installed plenty of hand sanitisers in the store for your use and do remember to ENTER the shop via the side entrance and EXIT from the front of the store and keep to the arrowed directions.

We’ve also added a couple of new, tasty treats onto our menu at the café so you can relax with a cuppa and a nice bite to eat – we’re open daily from 10am.

In the garden, this time of year is always exciting and busy. There are plenty of crops to harvest – both vegetable and flower, and if you want to save some seeds from some of your favourite plants, now is the time to do it if the pods are ripe.  Choose a dry period to cut the pods and then store them in paper bags until the seed naturally falls from the pod. Remember to label the bag!

It’s time now to start digging out your summer bedding and planning ahead for next year. Spring bulbs will shortly be in stock and now’s the time to plant them for a lovely display in 2021. Trees, shrubs and climbers can also be planted now as well as autumn onion sets, spring cabbages and new strawberry plants. Please ask us if you are unsure of anything as we are always happy to help. You can also check our Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates.

Plant of the month

September is a great month for late-flowering perennials …

Rudbeckias are wonderful plants. The yellow ‘fulgida :Goildstrom’ is one of our favourites. Its black-eyed daisies will flower right through the autumn creating an amazing splash of colour. If you’re lucky it will flower all the way through into winter (assuming the weather is kind to us). It works best when planted in blocks, providing an attractive display. To get the best display, plant them in well-drained soils in full sun.


  • Start planting new trees, shrubs and climbers.
  • Stop feeding trees and shrubs in containers.
  • Feed camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas with a high potash feed for a better display next year.
  • Clear out summer bedding plants.
  • Why not try taking cuttings of pansies and violas?  They are easy to do and at the same time it will encourage more basal growth in the parent plant and help it keep a better shape and prolong the flowering period.
  • If you haven’t already done it, trim back the old flowers of lavender.  A regular trim (rather than a prune) will keep the plants in good shape and prevent them going too ‘leggy’ – never cut low into old wood.
  • Start planting new perennials.
  • Start dividing overgrown perennials.
  • Support tall, later-flowering perennials.
  • Daffodils and crocus should be planted at the earliest opportunity.  Tulips can be left until later
  • Plant out spring-flowering biennials.
  • Save seeds from your favourite plants as soon as the pods are ripe.  Choose a dry period to cut the pods and store them in paper bags until the seed naturally falls from the pod.
  • Plant up containers with spring bedding.
  • If you are a dahlia grower, keep them well watered and fed and don’t forget to deadhead old flowers from stems that haven’t been cut for the home.
  • If you have an earwig problem there are two things you can do.  1) Stuff a 9cm (3 1/2″) flowerpot with straw or hay and place this upside down on a stake or cane.  The earwigs will inhabit this overnight and can then be removed the next morning.  2) Smear some washing-up liquid on the stem below the flower/bud.


  • Force hyacinths for Christmas
  • Plant Autumn onion sets
  • Sow Spring cabbages
  • Plant new strawberry plants


  • Sow hardy annuals to flower next year
  • Dig over heavy clay soil before Autumn rains make it less workable. It may be beneficial to sow a green manure to overwinter your plot, or consider covering with old carpet or recycled black plastic to keep the weeds down. Your soil will also warm up more quickly in the spring.


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