Plants to enjoy in September

It used to be assumed the arrival of autumn heralded the end of the growing season, but not anymore. Mild autumns have extended the growing season so we can expect another month or two of colour to enjoy.  There may be an autumnal nip in the air, but September looks likely to be a relatively dry month with temperatures above average, so its back into the garden with the aim of keeping the summer garden going as long as possible.

There’s an abundance of autumn-flowering climbing plants that will add interest and rich colour into your garden and we’ve chosen three of our favourites.


Parthenocissus tricuspidata'Veitchii'
Parthenocissus tricuspidata’Veitchii’. Photo RHS

Parthenocissus tricuspidata’Veitchii’ (Boston Ivy).  One of the best of the large climbers for stunning foliage colour, its large maple-like leaves turn from bright green to dramatic shades of crimson and scarlet.  Very vigorous and easy to grow, it can reach up to 15m so is perfect for a large tree or for growing against the house.  It’s self-clinging and will thrive in any situation from full sun to deep shade.


ematis ‘Bill MacKenzie’
Clematis ‘Bill MacKenzie’. Photo:

Clematis tibetana‘Bill MacKenzie’.  Attractive golden-yellow nodding flowers are followed by large, wispy seedheads.  The flowers and seedheads overlap for a while creating a stunning display.  It’s vigorous, growing up to 5-6m, so is suitable for growing up a tree and it will also cope with a north wall.  Full sun or partial shade.


Fuchsia Lady Boothby
Fuchsia Lady Boothby. Photo:

Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’.  This vigorous hardy fuchsia gives an abundant display of red and blue flowers through summer and well into autumn.  Growing to 2.5m, it’s great for covering a trellis, arch or fence and could be grown in a container.  The shoots may need to be tied in.  Requires partial shade and well-drained soil.