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Gardening expert shares what flowers you can plant now ‘after main planting season’


While summer may be coming to a close, it doesn’t mean your garden has to take a back seat. There are plenty of shrubs and flowers that will liven up your garden this month. From fuchsias to fragrant lavender, your garden can still be bursting with bright colours and pleasant scents.

He said: “If you go around traditional garden centres and you pick out all the things that look nice and are flowering at a particular time of the year, three months later you might not have any colour.

“So then it’s about adding things that are looking good at a particular season throughout the year.”

Chris suggested planting lavender and hardy fuchsias now as they are more likely to last.

The gardening expert said: “A good thing that is flowering right now is things like lavenders which are very tough and hardy and reliable and really much-loved.

Another example of a plant that is flowering at the moment is echinacea, which has an unexpected benefit.

Chris explained further: “They’re also known as purple coneflower but they come in other colours as well. They’re quite popular.

“As an added benefit, people make tea with the leaves as an immune booster.”

Crops that can be sowed now include ruby chard, pak choi, onions and garlic and broad beans.

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