I hit my local garden centre this week, just as they were creating a stock clearance area out in the car park. I assumed this would be a range of half dead summer bedding but was surprised to see a wide range of shrubs and perennials all heavily reduced for quick sale.

With gaps in the herbaceous border this was a great opportunity to pick up fillers on the cheap. I managed to pick up some 1litre penstemons and phlox – all still to flower – at 2 for £5 pound, meaning I had a few extra pounds to treat myself to a more pricey 2l Japanese anemone ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ at £9.99.

If you’re on a tight budget or just like to grab a bargain, keep an eye out at your local garden centre in the next few weeks as they look to clear space for autumn products.