The garden diaries: New South Wales in August

View the video

The garden diaries: New South Wales in August

View the video

Gardening is terrific in August in New South Wales. At this time of year, it’s all about preparing for spring as well as setting the garden up to help drought proof it for summer. Do this by adding mulch and manures to the soil to help stop it drying out.

Hero plant this month: camellias

This month it’s all about camellias, azaleas and gardenias.

With their attractive evergreen foliage and delicate flowers, camellias are a great plant for New South Wales. They have a long flowering season, are hardy, and can be grown in pots, as specimen plants or hedged.

Some species, such as Camellia japonica prefer shade or filtered light, others, like sasanquas flourish in full sun. Or you might try Camellia sinensis, the leaves of which are used to make tea.


What else to plant

August is a good time to plant roses too. Whether you like standards, climbers or bush roses, they are available as bare rooted specimens now and are ready to put in the ground. Be sure to dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the roots and plant into well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.

And don’t forget the vegies - including edibles like corn. It’s best to plant corn in a block, rather than a long row to help with pollination. Quick growing varieties like radishes, and lettuces are always good to have on the go. Favourites include mignonette and a salad mix.



There’s also plenty of jobs to do in the garden in August. Check for frost damage on your plants. But wait until all chance of frosts have passed before removing or pruning any damaged foliage.

Check watering and fertilising needs of camellias and azaleas. Fertilise roses to give them a boost before they start growing. Check in store to find out which is best for your roses. Be sure to mulch after you’ve fertilised to help protect the soil.

Mulching is great for the entire garden. It keeps the weeds down and the moisture in and protects the soil.

Spray stone fruit at bud swell just before the leaves appear for peach leaf curl and against fungal diseases. Ask in store for the best products to use for this.

Once things warm up at the end of August, use a liquid or granular feed to encourage strong, healthy growth in your lawn.



In August keep up with the harvest.  It’s time pull leeks, pick silverbeet  and onions. Pick these when the onion tops have fallen over and turned brown.

So the good news is,  August is a great time to garden with plenty to do. If you need any advice, pop in and see the in-store gardening experts.

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.

The best low-maintenance plants for your garden

Planting & Growing The best low-maintenance plants for your garden Low-maintenance plants are a great choice if you don’t want to spend too much time tending to your garden. Here are the best plants for creating an attractive garden that’s also easy to care for.

Drought tolerant plants

Planting & Growing How to choose drought tolerant plants If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you need to save water or you simply want a low-maintenance garden, then using drought tolerant plants is a great idea. Here’s a list of things to consider before you go out and buy them.


Planting & Growing How to create a low-allergy garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

Vegetable garden

Planting & Growing How to start a vegetable garden Nothing tastes better than home-grown vegetables. To make it easy for you, we’ll take you through some things to consider like where, what and how to plant vegetables, as well as how to feed and care for them.

Protect Your Garden From Snails, Slugs and Leaf Eaters

Planting & Growing Protect your garden from snails slugs and leaf eaters There is a wide range of highly effective and innovative products available to gardeners to help them care for and protect their plants against insects, snails and slugs.

A bee on a flower

Planting & Growing How to attract bees and butterflies Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are great to have in the garden. Unfortunately bees in some parts of the world are under threat due to climate change, parasitic mites and poor farming practices. As gardeners, we can all help!

Worm farm

Planting & Growing How to make a worm farm A worm farm can turn your organic waste into rich fertiliser to feed your garden. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to get the kids actively involved in the environment.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies

Planting & Growing Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies Using plants is a natural and effective way to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects from entering your home. Here’s a list of the six best insect-repelling plants.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content