Not sure what to plant in Autumn, watch the video and Graham will show you.
Plant NowFLOWERSAll zones:
Cineraria, cornflower, pansy, polyanthus, poppy, primula, statice, stock and viola.Zones 2-5:
Calendula, erigeron, forget-me-not, helichrysum, nemesia, nigella, phlox and Virginia stock.
Zones 6-8: Bellis, candytuft, carnation, foxglove, gypsophila and snapdragon.VEGETABLESAll zones:
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leek, lettuce, onion and spinach.Zones 2-5:
Beetroot, brussels sprouts, parsley, peas, rhubarb and silverbeet.
Zones 7-8: Carrot, celery, endive and turnip.
In your garden
- Autumn is an ideal time to plant trees, so take the time to do it properly. Dig a hole which is a little deeper and twice as wide as the root ball. Spread the excavated soil onto a plastic sheet. Mix a little compost and manure blend through the soil, and use this mixture to backfill around your new tree. Mulch the soil surface and water in well.
- Feed acid-loving plants, like azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, to encourage a brilliant show of spring blooms. Look for specially designed fertilisers, such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Advanced for Camellias, Azaleas & Rhododendrons.
- Pull out any leftover summer vegie plants and revitalise the soil with compost and manure. Replant with cool-season vegetables, such as broad beans, broccoli, spinach, onions and shallots.
- Treat your mum to a sweetly scented rose for Mother’s Day (Sunday, 13 May) that she can appreciate for years to come. Good choices include ‘Sarifa Asma’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Chartreuse de Parme’, ‘Ekstase’ and ‘Papa Meilland’. For a special treat, give her a ‘Dioressence’ rose from Delbard.
- Brighten up drab corners in your garden with a rainbow of colours, using Yates Pansy Giant Supreme. Grow from seed in trays, then transplant into beds, hanging baskets or pots for a stunning display of happy-faced blooms.
- If your garden is in a bushfire-prone area, consider the fire-retardant native flame tree (Brachychiton sp.). Great choices for southern gardeners include ‘Jerilderie Red’ and ‘Bella Pink’, from Humphris Nursery. For more info, call (03) 9761 9688 or visit www.humphris.com.au
- Guarantee fabulous florals during summer by planting liliums. They do best in filtered shade and, once established, will bloom annually for years.
- Fertilise daphnes to build them up for a bountiful winter display of their amazingly scented blooms.
- Sprinkle gypsum on clay soils before expected rain. Gypsum helps break down clay, making these soils better equipped to support plant growth.
- Continue gathering autumn leaves to add to your compost heap.
- Have your secateurs sharpened for general pruning next month.
- Remove dead fruit from trees to prevent the risk of diseases spreading.You might also like:Top tips for greener gardeningHeat resistant plants
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Choose a few of the best seasonal show-offs to liven up flowerbeds and pots, and your garden can be just as spectacular in autumn as it is in spring. And one such star of the season is the Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida). This perennial plant forms large clumps of handsome leaves that stay evergreen for most of the year. Despite the delicate-looking blooms, these are tough plants that are best suited to a lightly shaded spot. Feed in spring and autumn, and give them extra water when the buds start to form. The masses of elegant flowers that adorn the tall, thin stems come in shades of gorgeous pink as well as pure white. 'Like' us on Facebook Follow us on twitterSign up to our FREE weekly newsletter