With the days quickly getting warmer, it's safe to say that summer has arrived in Australia. With the scorching temperatures expected this summer, it's hard to know what plants can withstand and thrive in the heat. Before it gets too hot, it's time to give your garden a refresh, and these herbs, fruits, veggies and flowers will make sure your garden is bursting with life all summer long.
With their delicate leaves and flowers, it can be tricky to grow herbs in the summer. Depending on if you have an outdoor flower bed or a windowsill pot inside, it's important to give any herb enough water and sunlight to thrive. Herbs such as basil, mint varieties, tarragon, parsley, thyme, marjoram, coriander, chives and borage are all herbs that can live in or outdoors during the summer, and are a great way to freshen-up your summer meals!
Fruit and Veg
Growing fruit and vegetables during the summer can be a bit complicated. Between ensuring it's perfectly ripe and protected from critters, it's a delicate balance to make sure your produce is perfect. Choosing the right plants during the Summer is dependent on the climate that you live in. If you live in a subtropical or tropical climate, now is the time to plant things like artichokes, capsicum, celery, spring onion, lettuce and tomato. In temperate and cool zones, you can plant beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, leeks, sweet corn and cucumber. If you live in a more mediterranean climate like Adelaide, tomatoes, zucchini and capsicum will thrive if planted before the end of January.
If you want your plants to flower in summer, it's important to plant early, or just to put plants that are already due to flower in your garden straight away. Again, depending on the climate you live in, hydrangeas, agapanthus, hibiscus, frangipani, gardenia and bougainvillea are all due to bloom in the summer. If you're looking to plant from seed in the summer to enjoy the blooms later in the year, it's also important to consider your climate. In subtropical and tropical zones, you can plant balsam, cockscomb, coleus, marigold and sunflowers. In temperate and cold climates, you should sew ageratum, Iceland poppy, marigold, pansy, cyclamen, verbena and wallflowers.
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By Claudia Slack