You might think that spring, with its promise of a new beginning, is the ideal season for planting new perennials. But we can let you in on a secret: the best time to do it is during the change of season from summer to autumn. Yes really! And this is why.
1. WARM SOIL
In the autumn the soil in your garden is still nice and warm from the summer. Plants appreciate that as they acclimatise, and it gives them the chance to form new roots. Existing roots will also stretch out contentedly.
2. NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT DROUGHT
There’s plenty of rain in the autumn. So you need to give little or no water to your freshly planted plants. The risk of drying out is far greater in spring.
3. GIVE YOUR PLANTS A HEADSTART
Because your plants have already been bedded in for a couple of months by the time spring arrives, they're larger and will flower more beautifully than if you wait until spring to plant them. When the outdoor season arrives, it also gives you a great excuse to just settle down in your deckchair to enjoy the spring sunshine and your new arrivals.
ONE MORE THING
It’s better to plant frost-sensitive plants after the winter. And if you want some colour on your patio during the winter, you can rely on winter heather, autumn violas, Osmanthus, box, laurel or Lawson cypress. Also take a look at the classic autumn plants.
Plant now, lounge in the spring sunshine next year. Isn’t that a great idea?