Now we are into the cooler months and most of the garden is ‘sleeping’, it’s a good time to plan ahead for a colourful late winter show and a spectacular early Spring. It’s also great time to prune and shape your garden - except for those shrubs and trees that produce Spring blossom.
ANNUALS: It’s time to sow those spring annuals, Violas, Pansies, Snapdragons. Use a seedling tray with well drained soil. Water in well and place in a warm spot. The seeds will germinate in just a few days and can be planted into your garden bed in three to five weeks.
BULBS: This is the month for planting those spring bulbs – there is a large choice out there these days, but it’s hard to go past the old favourites like Freesias, Jonquils and Daffodils. Remember, if you are going to try Tulips or Hyacinths they will need two weeks in the fridge before planting. Plant them out towards the end of the month.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: It’s time to plant Cabbages, Cauliflower, Silver Beet and Broccoli. These will all do well during the colder months. It’s also time to plant Peas or Beans. Use a wire trellis against a sunny wall for best results.
LAWNS: It’s time to give your lawn a good close cut and a hard rake to remove thatching which has built up over the summer months, then lightly fertilize and give a good, deep watering. This should see your lawn through the winter months.
ROSES: The new seasons roses should be available – if not, they shortly will be, so grab a catalogue and make your selection.
TREES AND SHRUBS Autumn is an ideal time for planting trees and shrubs. It’s not a bad time to do that last minute pruning and shaping of trees and shrubs before winter sets in.
MISCELLANEOUS: If you want to purchase deciduous trees for their great colour, now is the time to do so as you’ll see the Autumn colour on the plants you purchase. Some to try are listed below but remember most of these trees grow quite large.
Liquidamber (Liquidamber styraciflua)
Claret Ash ( Fraxinus rotundifolia)
Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis)
Chinese Tallow Tree (Sapium sebiferum)
Maidenhair Tree (Gingko biloba)
Golden Ash (Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aurea’)