Winter planting guide for a spring garden
Winter is an unsung time of year for planting. So, don’t wait for spring. In our subtropical climate, you can do plenty of work in winter. You can readily establish new gardens and refresh your existing ones.
AllRound shares our tips on winter planting for a spring garden.
Winter planting for south-east Queensland gardens
In our sunny, subtropical corner of south-east Queensland, the days may be shorter and the nights longer. However, the temperatures are comparatively mild and the weather dry. This makes it an ideal time of year for planting to establish your garden for the long warm months ahead.
Plants can spend this time settling in. They can get to work developing a strong root system, ready to sprout when the warmer days arrive, typically around mid-August. This applies especially to longer-lived plants and trees. You can now successfully plant fruiting and flowering trees like grevilleas, hedges, violets and roses. Its also the time for planting herbs, cauliflower, kale, spinach and tomatoes.
This time of year is also suitable for dividing new plants from old in clumping plants that are established in your garden. A notable example is the popular and lovely lavender-coloured agapanthus.
Other great news is that plants that you plant in winter will grow more densely rather than being open and stretched out like summer-planted plants.
Spring gardens in south-east Queensland
Winter is also a great time to plant perennials like violets. Be sure to prepare your bed for planting with plenty of organic matter first. Contact us AllRound for all your compost needs. Try mixing aloe in with your perennials to add structure to the colour.
Herbs like dill and coriander are best grown now, in early winter. If you leave it to summer they will go to seed very quickly. Try the drought and frost-resistant perennial form of coriander known as Thai or Mexican coriander (Eryngium foetidum).
Vegetables to plant in winter
Early winter is the best time to plant lots of vegetables. Capsicum, leeks, lettuce, Asian greens, onion, peas, turmeric, Jerusalem artichokes and ginger spring to mind.