Fancy giving your garden a real lift for autumn, with carpets of colour and fresh blooms for the colder months? Well, now's a great time to plant bulbs for autumn, slotting either grown-on plants or bulbs into any gaps you can find in borders, ready to burst forth when late summer's plants have gone off the boil.
It always looks superb when the colour keeps coming, and spring-like flowers seem to defy the elements and shine, despite the often gloomy weather. Nerines in particular, which are being planted here, grow upwards of 30cm (1ft) and catch the eye with their starbursts of vivid pink until November.
It's prime time to get these bulbs in the ground, so they've time to establish themselves readily over the next month or so into strong plants. Be sure to plant bulbs in their most comfortable position and at the right depth so they can develop strongly, and stand tall with good stems. Plant in groups together, using a trowel or a bulb planter for tight spots, and add a little grit into the holes for good drainage.
Make sure the stock you buy is dry, hard and healthy, and as they're in their growing stage, be on the lookout for slugs, snails or even squirrels, who might take a fancy to these nut-sized bulbs.