The garden diaries: Northern Territory in August

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The garden diaries: Northern Territory in August

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In August in the Territory, it’s a great time to be out in your garden. Plants are bursting into flower and there are plenty of jobs to do to keep your yard looking fabulous.

Hero plant this month: herbs

It’s a great time to be planting herbs in your garden. Most herbs need a sunny spot, well-drained composted soil and regular watering. Plant them in a pot near the kitchen for easy access. And keep trimming the leaves to promote growth. There are so many to choose from, but basil and chives, with their pretty pink flowers, are a good start.


What else to plant

Now is a great time to get some natives into your garden. Good choices are callistemon and Xanthostemon ‘Little Penda’ with its fragrant and showy, pale yellow to cream flowers.

Indian mast trees Polyalthia longifolia, which grow quite tall and have a columnar habit are the perfect choice for a narrow space. The are often planted along driveways as they are said to help alleviate noise pollution.

Another choice Tabernaemontana corymbosa ‘Little Sweetheart’, is a small shrub with dark, emerald foliage. Known aptly as the flower of love, it produces masses of pure white perfumed flowers for much of the year and is absolutely stunning.

Don’t neglect the vegetable patch either.  Plant Asian greens like pak choi and put in some beetroot too. In Darwin plant snake beans and kang kung also known as water spinach. This grows well in tropical areas and loves moist soil. Eat the leaves and the stems and harvest throughout the year in the tropics. In cooler areas it’s best treated as an annual.



Now is the time to get cracking on some maintenance. Get out the weeding tools and pull any weeds before they flower and spread seed.

Keep up with the fertiliser and give all plants a good feed to promote growth. Give cordylines a foliar spray as it will help to maintain their brilliantly coloured leaves.

Watch the water needs of plants as they tend to dry out. Give the garden a good soak where needed.

Check your frangipani for rust. You’ll notice that small, yellow pustules appear on the underside of the leaves. When they rupture, they pass on the disease to other plants.

If your frangipani is affected,  spray with the right product. If you have any questions or need some advice on which product to use, you can always ask one of our expert team members at your local store.



There’s plenty to pick from the garden too, including chillies, passionfruit, Asian vegetables and basil.

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