Gardening tips: leave fallen leaves for hedgehogs and insects

Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ thrives in full sun.

Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ thrives in full sun. Photograph: Gap Photos

Plant this I love Euphorbia characias, and it loves me – or at least my garden. I love the cream and green cultivar ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, which has an award of garden merit from the RHS; it thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Height and spread: 55cm x 80cm.

Leaf this The urge to tidy is strong at this time of year, but remember that wildlife needs plant debris for winter hidey-holes. Clear fallen leaves from paths, and rake them up from the lawn, but leave borders untouched (aside from removing any diseased leaves) to benefit hedgehogs and insects.

Visit this Legendary plantswoman Beth Chatto was so ahead of her time she’s still shaping horticulture today – from gravel gardens to her “right plant, right place” mantra. Visit the autumn plant weekend at her gardens near Chelmsford in Essex, today and tomorrow, for free.