September and October are the unsung heroes of the flowering season. So many of our favourite hardy plants come into flower now, sometimes for the second time. Hydrangeas, their colours gradually changing with great subtlety, fuchsias, bright as lipstick, some roses too will carry on blooming until the first frosts. These plants together make a wonderfully vibrant combination. Pinks, cerises and rich reds come from japanese anemones and sedums which compliment the colours of autumn leaves. Soft blues are added to the picture from agastache, asters, nepeta and caryopteris, blending in with the misty mornings, netted with spiders’ webs and covered in dew. All these flowers are rich in nectar and very attractive to bees and butterflies.