It may be hard to believe with Brisbane’s continuing hot spell, but autumn is approaching. So now is the time to think about planting for the cooler months. In this week’s blog we’re going to take a look at the best plants to get into the ground now, for stunning results in winter and spring.
March and April are the months to set about planting your vegies. Many vegetables prefer cooler climates, so planting them in time for winter is a must. And of course, who doesn’t love garden-fresh produce with a mid-winter roast?
We recommend trying salad favourites like lettuces, carrots and tomatoes, as well as vegetables suitable for baking like onions and turnips. Silverbeet, broccoli and cabbages are all known for being hardy, so less-confident gardeners may want to start with them.
You could try planting vegetables, such as parsnips, cauliflower and broad beans, which prefer a much colder climate. However, be prepared for them not to take – Queensland isn’t known as the Sunshine State for nothing!
There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs from the garden. The newly-harvested scents and flavours just make for memorable dining experiences. And growing herbs doesn’t need to be difficult either.
Herb pots and gardens can make for a functional and attractive addition to your home’s patio or deck. Simply choose your pots and herbs and arrange to your preference. Remember to place them for sun and rain as necessary too.
We recommend basil, parsley, and coriander. Also oregano, mint, dill, and chives. For advice on herbs that will survive into the summer, speak to the staff at your local nursery.
3. Flowering Shrubs
It’s been said that Australia’s North has only two seasons: wet and dry. Spring and summer is known for its torrential downpours, whilst autumn and winter is the dry time.
Because of this, if you’re planting flowering shrubs in autumn, you’ll need them to tough and drought hardy.
Our recommendations include Brisbane’s floral emblem, Poinsettia. As well as gardenias, which deliver fragrant white flowers, and fuchsias, which develop wonderfully colourful petals.
4. Native Plants
Queensland has more than 8000 native flowing plant species and over 1400 non-flowering plant species. Plus, of those species around 3000 are unique to our home state. Also new species are being discovered every year.
Some of our favourite native plants to put into the ground in autumn include callistemons, which produce the classic Australian bottlebrush in stunning red and pink. And lilly pilly varieties which develop a pink and purple fruit – a warning though, unmaintained, these plants can grow up to 30 metres high!
If you’re wanting to enhance your home’s garden over the long-term, then autumn is the perfect time to look into choosing some new trees for your yard.
Some good tree ideas include the eucalyptus summer red, which boasts stunning red blossoms, as well as the eucalyptus summer beauty, which shines with beautiful pink flowers.
Other great trees include the popular poinciana and the smaller tuckeroo.
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