Wildflowers in autumn
When summer comes to an end, wildflowers will start to ready themselves for the colder months ahead.
The flowers fade and produce seed – this is the start of a magical, never-ending life cycle.
You could collect the seeds and sow them somewhere else, or save them to sow the following spring. You could also let the plants drop their seeds where they will, creating a wildflower patch with a life of its own!
Find out how to collect and save wildflower seeds.
You might want to cut back old stems once they've seeded, but be careful not to cut down biennials or perennials if they haven’t flowered yet.
You could also leave the old stems for a wilder look. They will help to create a safe habitat for insects and other wildlife during the winter months. Seed heads also act as nature’s birdfeeder!
During autumn, you should continue to water your plants in hot, dry or windy weather, until it gets too cold.