In autumn, the different garden tasks we face as gardeners are reflected by the changing of seasons.
Although the weather is becoming less favourable, the lazy dewy-mornings, harvesting of vegetables, and warming bonfires make spending time in the garden a delight in October.
Here are 7 of our favourite autumnal garden trends this month.
1. Lighting and candles
With the clocks going back at the end of the month, our gardens will be getting darker earlier. Lighting can be a great way to brighten up paths, helping us to potter about safely and stop us from tripping.
They also look magical when installed in an outside room. Twinkling lights make a space feel comforting. Drape fairy lights from a tree, spotlight your favourite foliage or use candles to make the space feel homely.
2. Winter Pansies
With the range of colours becoming more limited this month, there are still flowering plants you can use to spruce up your outdoor space. Winter Pansies, Violas, or Violets boast vivid purples.
Pansies' hardy nature makes them a superb choice for an autumnal garden. Pansies can add a splash of colour to your beds, borders or baskets throughout the colder months.
Buy Pansy Plants
Old HogdenWinter flowering Pansy. Frizzle Sizzle.
The Rose Press GardenPeach Autumn Plant Toppers: 18 plants
PlantsByPost2 X Pansy Winter Mixed 6 pack (12 Plants)
The Rose Press GardenPurple Plug Plant Collection: 18 Plants
Old HogdenWinter flowering Pansy. Swiss Giants
PlantsByPostViola Yellow 2 x 6 packs (12 Plants)
Bulbs! Don't worry; it's still not too late to plant your bulbs. If you haven't already, quickly plan your garden beds for next spring. Alliums, Daffodils and Tulips, are some of the plants that you may wish to incorporate.
Spring Bulbs to Plant Now
Gardening Express50 x Mega Mix Tulips bulbs
SecretGardeningClubHyacinthus orientalis 'Ostara' - 2 Bulbs - 16/17cm - Ordinary Hyacinth
SecretGardeningClubCrocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple' - 12 Bulbs -5/7cm
SecretGardeningClubRockery Tulip 'Pinocchio' - 7 Bulbs - 10/11cm
Gardening ExpressTulip 'Oriental Beauty' - Pack of 75
John Cullen GardensAllium 'Globemaster' - huge bulb size 24up
Tips for bulb planting:
If you would like your autumn and winter display to nicely transform into spring blooms, layer your Winter Pansies with bulbs beneath.
4. Halloween decorations
Have the best seasonal garden display using spooky-themed décor. Make use of your autumn harvest to spruce up your container garden, or go one step further with ornaments.
Fake spiders, creeping cobwebs or black cats look great on your garden or porch and will no doubt get neighbours into the festive season.
Find more inspiration for an autumn display below:
5. Snug garden seating
Even if it is a little chillier this month, all the more reason to snuggle up on the sofa with our blankets, a hot chocolate and a book.
Do you have a small garden? There are still lots of choices for seating. There will be a space-efficient alternative for you and your garden, whether a hanging chair or a two-piece rattan.
MHStarOutsunny 3-Piece Aluminium Frame Outdoor Sofa Set - Mixed Grey
MHStarOutsunny Rattan Sofa Set - Brown
MHStarOutsunny 4 Pieces Rattan Sofa Set - Black
MHStarOutsunny Rattan Sofa Set - Black
MHStarOutsunny Rattan Sofa Set - Grey
MHStarOutsunny Rattan Egg Chair - Grey
A snug outside space is not complete without a heat source. A firepit is an autumn garden essential. Use it to stay warm or toast marshmallows.
Don't have space for a firepit? If you are a proud small-garden owner, heat lamps work a treat for keeping warm in the evening hours.
Shop The Outdoor Heating, Lighting and Firepit Collection
MHStarOutsunny Patio Heater
MHStarOutsunny Outdoor Fire Pit with Grill Cooking Grate, Cover And Poker
MHStarOutsunny 11.2KW Outdoor Patio Freestanding Gas Pyramid Heater w/ Regulator And Hose - Black
MHStarOutsunny Fire Pit - Black
FabulousFirepits60cm Square Collapsible Black Painted Fire Pit Made in UK
MHStarGarden Steel Square Fire Pit - Black
Now there are less urgent tasks to be tending to in the garden; it is a brilliant time to put some energy into your indoor plant displays.
With winter on its way, bringing a bit of green indoors using the power of houseplants can also help to bring joy.
With houseplants stealing the show at the recent Chelsea Flower Show, indoor gardening is a trend that is here to stay!
Colourful Houseplants To Brighten Your Home
The Plant BarnPhilodendron Prince of Orange - 14cm pot - Houseplant
BotanicoPrayer Plant - 27cm pot large plant - Houseplant - Calathea warszewiczii
sunnysoozeBegonia Rex Beleaf fresh leaf cutting. Free postage
BotanicoPeperomia 'Luna Red' - 6cm Pot - Houseplant - Peperomia Caperata
BotanicoBird of Paradise -12cm Pot - Houseplant - Strelitzia reginae
Dibleys NurseriesPotted Cape Primrose 'Bethan' - Houseplant - 10cm Pot - Streptocarpus