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Quick fix for late September party

Hi there,
We have moved to a new house in the last year which has a lovely established garden. We have been getting the house renovated so have left the garden pretty much alone, other than some tidying, whilst we focus on house and see what the garden has to offer throughout the year.
We are now looking at having a house warming / garden party in late September and would love to have some flowers with colour to add to the beautiful shrubs and greenery in there already. We aren’t very green fingered but hope to use this garden to learn a bit more.
Any recommendations for quick wins of things we can buy / plant now that will help brighten it up come September?
Thank you!



  • B3B3 Posts: 26,490
    You might be able to but chrysanthemums or asters in flower at that time of year or maybe some pansies 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,627
    I'd go to a garden centre (I love garden centres!) and see what they have. If they have any annuals they will be in flower until the first frosts. Perennials usually say on the labels when they flower, they are more expensive, but they will flower again next year. You will learn a bit more about plants too!
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,627
    PS. When you plant them they will need to be kept well watered as it's a bit late to get them settled in before the warm weather comes!
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,768
    edited August 2022
    Dahlias will give you flowers from now until the first frosts.  If you're planting them now, feed them weekly with tomato food to encourage more flowers - lots of bright colours and instant impact!  
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645
    It sounds like a well planted garden so probably alreadyhas some late flowering plants that you have not yet recognised as such.  I would leave it be but keep it weeded and also take regular photos so you know what happens where and also when.   

    As backup, I would plant up a couple of tubs/pots/windowboxes you can then place as needed for extra colour if needed.  Go and see what's available in local garden centres, DIY stores and SMs such as LIDL.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,407
    Gauras are good perennials for late season impact, they're usually pretty cheap. Salvia 'Amistad' is worth looking out for too.
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