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September Is Coming – What Should I Plant?

August 15th, 2016 by Sussex Country Gardener

We’re not one to be looking past Summer, we all enjoy the long days and warm sun, but in case you’re wondering what you can plant in September to ensure a good bloom in the future, you have come to the right place.

Usually during the warm Summer days one gets a lot of gardening done, the pruning and weeding, branch chopping and patio jet washing. Very few think far enough ahead to be considering what they should be planting but it’s well worth doing, and now that we are half way through August you start to think about what to buy to plant in your garden in September.

If you’re looking for Winter and Spring blooms you will want to consider the following:




Snowdrops are the classic hardy plant that you might like to plant in September. They are known for being one of the early bloomers in that you can expect to see them pierce through the frozen soil and make their debut in January, and they will continue to bloom until late February.




Bluebells are one of those recognisable, and ought to be planted in dappled shade of certain trees such as deciduous trees. They generally prefer to be planted in constantly moist but drained soil and heap on the manure or compost waste that you have collected, but do so prior to planting. You will not be disappointed with the result.




Daffodils are another Great British classic but be sure you pick the right variety. To the untrained eye they can all look the same, but there are in fact a huge variety, such as miniature ones to the well known large Golden King Alfreds. Depending on where you plan to plant will impact the decision on which daffodils are best suited, for example, the miniature ones are best suited for rockeries. Like with Bluebells, they also like moist and well drained soil with plenty of food, such as your rotting compost and manure. Be sure to put them in a place where they will get at least 3 hours of sun per day.



Tulips are known for their beauty that impress almost any passer-by and are highly prized for their vibrant colours and rounded heads. Tulips you can leave a little later into September when the cold starts to bite a little more, this will help kill the viral diseases that are in the soil, and will provide your tulips are greater chance of survival. You’ll want to place the bulbs pointy end up, at around 20cm underneath the surface and water immediately after planting.



Crocuses are popular among many British gardeners. Their unmistakable purple hue makes an attractive and striking feature in any garden, and if you’re ever lucky enough to catch the evening light passing through its petals, then you’re in for a treat. Like most of the above-mentioned, plant the bulbs pointy side up about 3-4 inches underneath the surface. Ensure the soil easily drained, as saturated ground will kill the bulbs. Provide the bulbs with plenty of food, such as compost or peat, but if you don’t have this to hand you can use shredded leaves, but be sure to place them a good 6 inches below the bulb.