Australian Summer Garden Tips

Australian Summer Garden Tips

Even experienced gardeners may struggle with the weather during an Australian summer with the heat and aridity that it brings.

The adventure of growing gardens in the summer comes with both consistent challenges and consistent solutions. Here are some of our tips and tricks from our pros at Sand and Stone Landscapes to help you discover new and successful gardening secrets this summer which will also help keep your mainteance tasks to a minimum.

What Is the Best Month to Start My Garden?

Many gardeners say the best time to start a garden is in October, as the mid-spring mild temperatures and rain are conducive to the growth of new plants. However, this does prevent you from planting in summer! Some particular plants and flowers grow better in the warm weather than they do during the more temperate conditions of spring.

Will My Garden Get More Sun in the Summer?

It all depends on the region in which you live. Some places like the North Coast tend to have sunnier winters than summers, whereas the southeast of the country has hotter and brighter summers.

What Can I Plant in My Summer Garden?

Vegetables

Many vegetables are perfect for planting in the summer. Some popular seedling options include:

  • Tomato
  • Silverbeet
  • Beetroot
  • Green onions
  • Asian greens

These seedlings do well in summer because they get to benefit from and use the oil from fertilizer throughout the springtime. They may also need help from soil-supplementing products such as mulch and fertilizers as you plant them.

Flowers

You can plant Gladiolus corms throughout spring and into mid-December. Gardening experts recommend planting these bulbs every two weeks over several weeks. Since this flower takes about two months to bloom, staggering the planting allows your garden to continue flowering over an extended period well into the summer season.

Gladiolus corms come in a variety of stunning colours, including purple, pink, lilac, yellow, and white. Planting these bulbs alone can add a wide range of colours to your summer garden.

Purple Gladiolus Corms