Brighten up beds and borders with plants that flower late or keep flowering for long periods of time. The yellow daisy flowers of Rudbeckia make a striking addition to beds, especially contrasted with delicate Verbena bonariensis.
Asters and chrysanthemums also continue flowering well into autumn as long as you keep deadheading them. Heleniums and kniphofia (red hot pokers) are great for adding colour to tired borders.
Put life back into your containers with ivy, heather, polyanthus and winter-flowering pansies and primulas.