Top tips for creating a beautiful flower bed this autumn

The Indian Charbagh Garden is well-known for its stunning display of vibrant blossoms in every season. To maintain this blossoming beauty, the garden is replanted three times a year by our gardeners. If you’re feeling inspired to create your own flower bed this autumn, our gardening experts have shared some valuable tips to ensure your flowers will flourish, even in the colder months.

Prepare the soil

Autumn is a great time to plant flowers due to the cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall. But before you get planting, it's crucial to lay a solid foundation by preparing the soil. Begin by removing spent summer flowering annuals to make way for the new season's blooms. Enhance the soil's fertility and structure by incorporating nutrient-rich compost. This ensures that your plants have access to essential nutrients for robust growth and development.

Make your own mulch

Mulching is an essential gardening practice that helps to conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. If you don't have any mulch on hand, don't worry; you can make your own using different types of organic matter. Grass clippings from the lawn are an excellent source of nitrogen and can be used as mulch. Straw is another readily available material you can use. You can utilize autumn leaves that drop from trees in your yard. These leaves are an excellent source of carbon, which helps to balance the nitrogen-rich materials in the mulch.

Up close image of a pink flower at Hamilton Gardens

Odd numbers

When designing your garden, it is recommended to plant an odd number of plants for a natural, visually pleasing look. This technique works well for annual flowers, perennials, and shrubs. It creates a sense of balance and harmony in your outdoor space. You can also experiment with different sizes of plants to add depth and dimension to your garden.

A close up image of a purple flower at Hamilton Gardens

What to plant

If you want to add some lovely colours and fragrances to your garden, you should plant sweet peas in a sunny spot. These beautiful flowers bloom in both spring and summer seasons, and they thrive in well-draining soil and a bright, sunny location.

Consider sowing seeds of several different plants to add diversity to your garden. Aquilegia, Alyssum, Calendula, Cineraria, Cornflower, Dianthus, English Daisy, Godetia, Linaria, Livingstone Daisy, Lobelia, Lupin, Nemesia, Snapdragon, Statice, and Viola are all great options. Each has its unique colours, textures, and growth habits. Be sure to follow the instructions on the seed packet, and plant them in a location that suits their specific needs.

Get planting

By following to these flower planting tips tailored for the autumn season, you can create a garden brimming with vitality and colour. If you are looking for more ideas on what to plant, come on down to Hamilton Gardens. Our gardens will provide you with plenty of inspiration for your backyard.

A close up image of a white flower at Hamilton Gardens

Looking across the garden beds towards the fountain in the Italian Renaissance Garden at Hamilton Gardens

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