Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.
While some industries are always in the public eye, car manufacturing and financial services are two examples, it is easy to forget, or not even to know, that horticulture has a major influence on the UK economy.
According to the Horticultural Trades Association, £10.4bn is spent in the UK on garden products, tourism and services.
It's also a major employer with 300,000 people employed in horticulture and landscaping.
The value of UK plant and flower production is £2bn, although £1bn worth of plants and flowers are imported.
Tourism is another factor that makes horticulture so important with a third of tourists visiting a park or garden and contributing £1.4bn to the economy.
Following the success of the recent Hampton Court Flower Show, it's no surprise that membership of the RHS has risen quite dramatically from 90,000 to 440,000 since 2010.
The charity is hoping to pump £100m over the next ten years into developing the next generation of horticulturalists including a Northern School.
Their Campaign for School Gardening involves 19,000 schools while a Greening Grey Britain Campaign has a three year target to transform 6000 unloved spaces from grey to green.
What isn't so encouraging is a statistic from the most recent Growing Trends Survey showing that there's now three times as many paved over front gardens as ten years ago, amounting to 25% of the total.
London, Liverpool and Birmingham are the most paved over, with Edinburgh, Plymouth and the Norwich the greenest. Most depressing is that 25% of people don't worry about the consequences of this trend including an increase in the chance of flooding, although 61% are saddened by the sight.
Much more upbeat is the fact that 93% of people have a garden or grow plants, including 89% of under 25s.
Gardens are used for a variety of activities, gardening is tops with 85%, while 82% of people just use them to relax in. Over half of respondents barbecue and socialise, 42% sunbathe, and 37% watch wildlife with 51% having a specific wildlife area.
The most popular reasons for gardening are personal pleasure (71%) and the desire to create a beautiful space (62%). To attract wildlife and improve the environment comes in at 30%, and nearly as popular is that it's seen as a healthy activity.
In fact 92% think that gardening helps to relax and de-stress, a great way to lift your mood. So instead of going to the doctor when you feel low, the message is to get out into the garden.
With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.