Pot for October colour: Skimmia japonica 'Rubella', heather and pansy 'Deep Pink'. Photo by Sarah Cuttle. For another container using winter-flowering pansies, visit http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/pots-containers/spring/pansy-thyme-and-ivy-pot-display/1187.html
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' - Large, golden-yellow, daisy-like flowers up to 12cm (5in) across with cone-shaped, blackish-brown centres from August to October. This award-winning black-eyed Susan looks great planted in bold drifts with other late summer-flowering perennials and ornamental grasses. Coping well in a sunny spot, it's ideal for the middle of a border that doesn't dry out over summer.
Rosa Iceberg ('Korbin') - Justifiably popular, ‘Iceberg’ goes on flowering right through the summer. Clusters of pink buds open to double, slightly fragrant white flowers, 7cm across. It is disease-resistant and easy to grow. There is also a climbing variety. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November.
Viburnum tinus is an evergreen that forms a dense hedge up to 3-4 metres tall. The leaves are dark glossy green. Viburnum tinus produces masses of white flowers from pink buds for a long period from October until April. Any free-draining soil in sun or shade. Rate of growth: up to 45cm per year. Plant between 60cm and 100cm apart (approximately 2-3 feet apart). Hedges with plants 60cm apart "fill in" to form a dense hedge quicker than those planted 100cm apart.