What to plant in your garden in Autumn

Autumn is natures planting time as the ground is still warm and the first of the rain helps new plants, trees and lawns get established. This article has been supplied by Palmers New Zealand.


Anemones and Ranunculus are great value and easy to grow. With very little effort they can reward you with up to 6 months flowering by stagger planting.

Slugs and snails are the main pest of bulbs especially when the leaves are just emerging from the ground. Use Quash Slug and Snail Pellets to control this problem.

In warmer areas some bulbs need a ‘chilling period’ of at least six weeks, which provides close to a natural dormant climate and improves growth. Place your bulbs in a paper bag and chill in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before planting.

Hyacinths are the essence of spring. The heavily scented trusses are a most welcome sight after a long winter. Best planted in March/April in a cool spot.

Early summer bulbs such as anemone, ranunculus, tulips and daffodils arrive in store this month and can be planted in flower beds and pots. Bulbs can be planted now through to late autumn. By planting continuously through this period, you will be rewarded with a  continuous floral display come spring.

Flower garden

Prepare winter flower beds for planting with Garden X Compost, and Sheep Pellets or Poultry Compost.

Feed ornamental trees, garden shrubs and plants with Tui Novatec Premium Fertiliser.

Plant your favourite winter flower seedlings like pansy, viola, primula, polyanthus, calendula, cineraria, lobelia, poppies, alyssum, stock and snapdragon.

Edible Garden

Grow a smoothie garden in pots on your deck – plant kale, spinach, pak choi, and beetroot for green energy!

Plant seedlings of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, winter lettuce, brussel sprouts, spinach, carrots, leeks, silverbeet and winter herbs.

Prepare the soil for your winter edible patch with Garden X Compost, and Sheep Pellets or Poultry Compost.

Herbs to plant in autumn: parsley, chives, rosemary and mint.


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