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Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' gives a lovely intense blue colour late on in the season when a lot of our other perennials are losing their colours. It is well known for its gorgeous blue flower panicles and glossy green leaves. 'Arendsii' in particular has very sturdy stems and withstands our windy site very well.

It starts flowering early September and will continue on well into autumn.




Although we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It's a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It's also time to start preparing for early frosts.

Direct Gardens offer a professional garden design service which is specifically tailored to your needs, providing shrub and planting advice, designs and planting plans, from a small area to a full-size garden.


We will work with you so you have something that meets your requirements, from the traditional cottage garden to a contemporary city garden.



Plant of the month - Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'




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Top 10 jobs for October

  1.     Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly
  2.     Cut back perennials that have died down
  3.     Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb     crowns
  4.     Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into     the greenhouse
  5.     Plant out spring cabbages
  6.     Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
  7.     Prune climbing roses
  8.     Order seeds for next year
  9.     Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in     mild areas
  10.     Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by     laying turf  

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