Though the nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning towards Christmas, it’s the last chance to plant bulbs such as tulip, hyacinth and lily to bring a burst of colour come Spring.
In addition, Autumn is the natural planting season for plants and shrubs that are moved with bare roots. At this time of year, deciduous plants have lost their leaves and are preparing for winter dormancy. If any deciduous woody plants are needing to be moved, now is the best time to do so. The soil conditions in Autumn are perfect for encouraging rooting without the ground being too boggy or frozen. Planting a new deciduous hedge such as beech, hornbeam, hawthorn or field maple would be ideal at this time. Providing the soil is not too wet, fruit trees can also be planted now.