Plant lists

Our favourite plants for September and October

Over the years, we 3Growbags and our plant columnist Louise Sims have often discussed our favourite plants for brightening the garden in September and October.  So it occurred to us that it might be handy to compile a list of these plants as a link to where we tell you more about them.  It might just the thing to help folk who are looking to make their autumn garden look more fabulous, and while you’re browsing our past articles, you may even find a few more ideas you hadn’t considered.

We hope to keep adding to the list, if we hear of more gems to include…..


Aconitum carmichaelii Arendsii – aconite

Althea cannabina – hemp-leaved hollyhock

Asclepias tuberosa – milkweed

Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ – Michaelmas daisy

Aster frikartii “Monch’

Alstromeria ‘Indian Summer’ – Peruvian lily

Chrysanthemum ‘Dixter Orange’

Chrysanthemum ‘Dixter Orange’
Chrysanthemum ‘Dixter Orange’

Chrysanthemum pacifica (Ajania pacifica)

Diascia personata – twinspur

Erigeron karvinskianus – Mexican fleabane

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ – cranesbill

Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Glycorrhiza yunanensis – liquorice

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty – sneezeweed

Helianthus ‘Carine’ – sunflower

Helianthus ‘Carine’
Helianthus ‘Carine’

Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’ – stonecrop, sedum

Hylotetelephium ‘Red Cauli’

Melianthus major – honey bush

Melianthus major

Mesembryanthemum – Livingstone daisy

Rudbeckia triloba – black-eyed susan, coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba
Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ – black-eyed susan, coneflower

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’ – knotweed

Phytolacca americana – pokeweed

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Brushes’ – burnet

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Brushes’

Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ – groundsel

Serratula tinctoria var. Seoanei – dyer’s plumeless saw-wort

Symphyotrichum varieties (asters) – Michaelmas daisy


Ageratina ligustrina – privet-leaved snakeroot

Callicarpa bodinieri – beauty berry

Callicarpa bodinieri, or Bodinier's beautyberry
Callicarpa bodinieri

Lespedeza thunbergii – bush clover, Japanese clover

Fothergilla major – witch-alder

Fuchsia fulgens

Fuchsia ‘Whiteknights Pearl’

Gomphostigma virgatum – otter bush

Hydrangea aspera – large-leaved scabrous hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera
Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

Indigofera amblyantha – Chinese indigo

Leycesteria formosa – Himalayan honeysuckle, pheasant berry

Rosa glauca

Rosa moyesii

Rosa moyesii

Rosa pimpinellifolia

Vaccinium – blueberry

Annuals & tender perennials:

Calendula ‘Indian Prince – pot marigold

Dolichos lablab ‘Ruby Moon’ – hyacinth bean

Dolichos lablab ‘Ruby Moon’.

Helichrysum petiolare – liquorice plant

Plectranthus argentatus – spur flower

Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers:

Acidanthera murielae – Abyssinian gladiolus

Amaryllis belladonna – belladonna lily

Amaryllis belladonna

Cyclamen hederifolium – ivy-leaved cyclamen

Dahlia ‘Hadrian’s Midnight’

Dahlia merckii

Dahlia merkii

Hesperantha coccinea – Kaffir lily

Hedychium gardnerianum – ginger lily

Nerine bowdenii – Guernsey lily

Sternbergia – winter daffodil


Campsis radicans – trumpet vine

Clematis ‘Bill Mackenzie’

Clematis rehderiana

Clematis rehderiana
Clematis rehderiana

Clematis tubulosa ‘Wyevale’

Clematis vitalba

Hedera colchicum dentata variegata – Persian ivy

Vitis vinifera ‘Brant’ – European wine grape

Vitis ‘Brant’
Vitis ‘Brant’ has it all, shapely leaves, autumn colour and tasty grapes

Vitis vinifera purpurea – European wine grape


 Anemanthele lessoniana – New Zealand wind grass, pheasant’s tail grass

Calamagrostis brachytricha – Korean feather reed grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’ – Chinese silver grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’

Pennisetum alupecuroides ‘Herbstzauber’ – fountain grass

Stipa gigantea – giant oats


Arbutus unedo  – strawberry tree

Eriobotrya japonica AGM – loquat

Eriobotrya japonica

Hamamelis varieties – witch hazel

Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ – apple

Malus ‘Red Sentinel’

Magnolia ‘Exmouth’

Mespilus germanica – medlar

Parrotia persica – Persian ironwood

Parrotia persica

Rhus typhina – staghorn sumac

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – rowan, mountain ash

Vitex agnus-castus  var. latifolia – chasteberry

Vitex agnus-castus var.latifolia

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3 replies on “Our favourite plants for September and October”

Hi Christopher, Elaine here. Thank you for writing in. You make a very good point! When you click on the names to find out more about the plants, we then usually mention the common names, but I agree that it would definitely be worth adding them into the list itself. I will do that as soon as I have a moment. Happy gardening!

Thanks for the reminder and advice on ponds and splittig perennials. Our apples are cookers so we peel, core and slice before freezing. They last us all year for compote and puds. Our garden club had a talk yesterday by Don Witton on perennials which would see us through the winter with a printed list but you have added shrubs and trees that extend the garden season.
I like to plan my winter containers in October and then go round sourcing the plants to create my “best pots ever”.

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