By the time September rolls around even the most enthusiastic gardeners can feel a bit jaded, especially after a long, hot summer like the one we’ve just had; we’ve battled scorching sun, gusting winds and scant rainfall.

September is the beginning of the academic year, but in many ways it’s the beginning of the gardening year, too. The flourishing blooms of summer are fading, and by September our thoughts are already turning to autumnal border re-designs, moving, lifting and dividing plants and adding new and exciting additions as the year cools. We’re ready to collect seeds for next year’s sowing and try out new plants in the borders.

That’s why the RHS Wisley late summer flower show is the perfect tonic to inspire, delight and refresh our gardening energies. There will be a host of outstanding nurseries on site, ready to offer advice and advise on plant selections, including Daisy Roots, a 2017 Chelsea Gold Medal winning nursery who specialise in hardy grasses and perennials. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic then ‘Desert to Jungle‘ nursery will be on site to promote their unusual and vibrant range of plants which includes tree ferns, agaves and bananas!

For those of us who also find our late summer flower borders lacking a bit of drama and flair, the National Dahlia Society Annual Show will be on site all week, with an amazing display of bright and beautiful blooms. The National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) will also be at the show to inspire each of us to bring our cut flowers inside and create floral dsiplays.

If you’ve got any breath left after dashing round the plant stands then there’s a wide choice of retail stands to browse as well.

The show is FREE to RHS members and a guest, while entry for non-members costs the normal applicable entrance fee. For full details, costs and to save 10% by booking on line in advance see the RHS dedicated web page here.