There are many magnificent plants that reach their peak in autumn – bulbs included.
In addition to those in bloom, you can also start planting spring-flowering bulbs, such as erythroniums, tulips and daffodils.
Discover five of the best autumn-flowering bulbs for September to grow, below.
Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are easy to grow, and they should flower well into autumn. The leaves have a lovely, sweet garlic flavour and are often used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes. They also make a great companion plant for carrots.
Colchicums, including cultivars like ‘Lilac Wonder’ and ‘Waterlily’, are autumn stalwarts. You can plant colchicums under hedges or naturalise them in lawns. They can even be placed on a windowsill and left to bloom, to serve as temporary houseplants.
Commonly known as the autumn daffodil, Sternbergia lutea is an ideal autumn-flowering bulb for September. It’s a Mediterranean native, so enjoys full sun and a well-drained soil.
Strictly speaking, crocosmias grow from corms rather than true bulbs. While they look somewhat exotic, they’re actually tough, low-maintenance plants. Whichever crocosmia you go for, sprays of fiery blooms are a guaranteed hit in September. They’re slug-proof, too!
Nerines are the perfect antidote to a waning garden – at the end of summer they burst into flower, with some species, such as Nerine undulata, lasting into November. Plus, they’re easy to lift and divide in spring, to get more plants for free.