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We love September • I may have said this before, but I love this month: it is an almost perfect mixture of hullos and farewells. New school shoes and crisply clean uniforms for children, a new day back at work after a hot summer holiday, and a new mellowness in the air after a couple of months of heat (I am nothing if not an optimist). At the same time the plants in our borders that have given us such pleasure over the summer are beginning to fade away to make room for the last harrumph of fowers before we drift into a glorious autumn.
Expert’s choice Tagetes • Easy to grow, these provide colour well into autumn, says Graham Rice
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The Full Monty • Society has changed enormously since Gardeners’ World first aired in 1968. So, asks Monty, is there still such as thing as a ‘typical’ viewer?
Have your say • The view from your side of the fence
Clippings • Our roundup of the month’s latest gardening news and views
My gardening world Emma Bridgewater
News in brief
2 for 1 entry Highlands & Islands • This month we’re in Scotland, enjoying big savings with our 2 for 1 Entry Card. September is a great time to explore the wild and romantic west coast, with its many beautiful gardens but without all the tourists (and midges) of high summer
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Beacons of spring • As we leave summer behind, it’s time to plan ahead, says Monty – and guarantee early colour in late winter and all spring by planting bulbs. Follow his guide to starting now for best results
How to naturalise bulbs in the lawn • To achieve a natural look, scatter springflowering bulbs such as camassia, crocus, daffodils or snake’s head fritillaries and then simply plant them where they fall. A long-handled planter saves bending.
Plant iris bulbs for early colour
PLANTS WITH PURPOSE Part 6: Shade • Not sure what to plant in shade? Then follow nature’s lead, says Carol Klein, as she selects fabulous plants adapted to low light
Surefire success with: shade lovers
5 favourite shade plants
Plant with: shade lovers
Where do I start? Containers
What exactly is a container?
Pick the perfect pot • Choose a material that suits your style and the place where the containers are to reside. It might seem boring to stick to one particular type, but be wary of using too many different materials. That can produce a scrappy effect, even though they may have cost you dearly!
ALAN’S TOP TIPS
Alan’s planting basics
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