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THE FLOWER GARDEN

Whether you grow a few flowers on your allotment or have beds and borders in your garden, autumn is a time for a tidy and refresh
Rudbeckia is a late summer into autumn flowering perennial

Divide perennials

Clumps of herbaceous perennial flowers occasionally benefit from being lifted and split up then replanted. Some plants produce a massive root ball over time with the centre often deteriorating or they just get too big for their allotted space. Now is a good time to lift those herbaceous perennials that die back in the winter and regrow in spring. Good examples include perennial phlox, hardy geraniums, hostas, day lilies (hemerocallis) and rudbeckias. You can tell which can be split as they gradually spread and have a fibrous root system when you do try and lift. You can use two forks in the centre of the plant and split that way or lift the whole clump and use a knife or spade to split the clump. Tidy and replant those with good roots attached in freshly turned soil with some compost and bonemeal added.

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