After cooler air sets in during Autumn, and turns crisp as Winter rolls around, it can be easy to think you need to abandon any hope of planting new greenery until Spring. Luckily, Australia’s nationwide milder winter climate and a lack of snow or frost, means you don’t have to wait. Regardless of the time of year, our helpful guide will unleash your green thumb and enhance your garden—no matter the season!
Winter Planting Plans
The great variety of Winter planting options means you can focus on enhancing your vegetable garden—and your dinner plate! Plants with large dark leaves are your best ‘go to’ for Winter planting and will give you something to harvest in Spring. This means leafy green spinach varieties, such as the tasty, quick-growing Winter Queen Spinach, winter-friendly Greenfeast peas, or gorgeous, bright red strawberries.
If your veggie patch is already full and you’re looking for some vibrant splashes of colour in your garden, think about adding in some flowering plants. The Madeira range of argyranthemum daisies grow rapidly, and the stunning ‘Red Double’ variety produces beautiful, eye-catching blooms to enliven your winter plot.
Summer Gardening Ideas
Australia’s gorgeous Summer weather means it’s the perfect time to get outdoors, stretch your green thumbs, and enhance your garden. If the hot weather sends you to salads for lunch and dinner, support your green-eating habits with pot-friendly veggie options like rocket and beetroot. If you have a little more gardening space to play with, cucumbers and broccoli are wonderful vegetable options for your summer planting goals.
Summer flower planting options include the deceptively hardy outdoor varieties of cyclamen: dormant throughout summer, planting new cyclamens in a shady spot in your garden will ensure you’re rewarded with gorgeous, delicate-looking flowers in January. Planting cool-season bloomers (like violas) in Summer is also a great idea, as it means reaping the bright, flowery benefits later in the year.
What to Plant in Autumn
The mild Autumn weather makes gardening a pleasure, and Autumn is the perfect time to put the time and energy into your garden so that you can benefit from all your hard work later in the year. Cultivating your vegetable garden in Autumn means harvesting a wide array of veggies in winter and spring, and the cooler season means a welcome reprieve from summer pests. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are wonderful planting options for Autumn gardens, as are leafy green varieties like spinach and rocket.
Autumn offers a wonderful opportunity to infuse your cool-weather garden with bright colours and beautiful flowering plants. Pansies planted in early Autumn will flower in late Autumn through to Spring and come in an incredible variety of colours and styles, including striped, frilly and bicoloured. This is also the perfect season in which to plant carnations, daisies and nasturtiums for splashes of garden colour.
Spring your Garden into Spring!
Spring is every gardener’s favourite time of year, and for good reason. Spring is undoubtedly the best season to get your hands in the dirt, and with an enormous range of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees to plant, the biggest challenge is picking which ones you want! Great vegetables and herbs to plant in Spring include pot-friendly basil, spring onions, tomatoes, capsicum and chilli, while plots of soil can be filled with eggplant, cucumber, and pumpkin.
If flowering plants are more your style, some of the most popular include snapdragons, geraniums, and marigolds. Geraniums, with their beautifully-scented blooms and garden hardiness, come in over 300 varieties to bring life and vitality to your Spring garden. You can look ahead as well: planting a slew of sunflowers in Spring will guarantee a vibrant sunshine brilliance to your outdoors when Summer comes.
If you’d love to see how Amico’s horticultural experts plant and cultivate different gardens all year round, have a look at our project gallery! Here, you can get an idea of the wide array of stunning gardens we’ve helped to create over the years, no matter the season.
If you’d like to hear more about what we can do for you and your dreams of greenery for every season, get in touch with us for our advice, or tell us all about your seasonal garden dreams and ask for your personalised quote.