Daffodils and crocus bulbs can be planted now either in pots or directly into the soil and will provide a splash of colour in the spring. However, tulips are best planted in the cool, moist conditions of late autumn. Spring bedding plants can be planted now. Buy pansies, sweet Williams and wallflowers. Water well before planting and soak during dry weather to help them get established.
Keep containers in shape by regular deadheading to encourage more flowers and feed weekly to give them an extra boost. When they start to look tired, plant up colourful containers with Heucheras or Asters. Heucheras come in a variety of colours ranging from chartreuse green to burnt orange and rich burgundy. The daisy shaped blooms of Asters come in pretty shades of pink, purple and blue and look good on their own or in a mixed display.
Divide perennials by lifting and dividing into pieces. Do this during September as the soil is still warm. Prise apart with two forks or cut with a spade.When replanted, water throughout the month to get them settled in.