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December is a great time to be in the garden in Queensland. Here is some inspiration for what to do at your place this month.

It's a great time to plant poinsettias

First up, it's all about planting. There are some excellent plants in store at this time of year but for festive colour, it's difficult to go past poinsettias with their colourful, showy bracts.

They are an excellent gift or make the perfect centrepiece for the Christmas table. Indoors, they need indirect sunlight and don't over-water. Once the flowers are finished, prune back and plant into a pot or in the garden. Add some fertiliser to promote growth.

Close up of red poinsettia flowers.

What else to plant

Portulacas are another good choice for the summer garden. They are a hardy, semi-succulent plant and come in an amazing array of colours. Put them in pots or plant directly into the garden.

Hydrangeas are a hero of the summer garden. Plant in a shady spot and keep the water up to them if it's hot. They'll reward with fabulous flowers.

Mandevillas are awesome climbers, with striking, tropical looking flowers. They grow well in fertile, well-drained soil and prefer dappled light.

Plumeria, or frangipani, are also the perfect choice for a Queensland garden.

There's still time to plant tomatoes. The best choice for December in Queensland are cherry tomatoes. Other members of the solanaceae family to plant now include eggplants and capsicums. Also plant heat tolerant varieties of lettuce too.

Plant cucumber, melons, pumpkins, and zucchini as they all love the heat, but you'll need some room as the plants spread. Beetroot, silverbeet, radishes, beans and sweet potato are good to get in now too.

Capsicums plants in small black plastic pots

Maintenance

With the festive season not far away, December is a great time to get on top of the maintenance jobs. 

Mulch any beds that need it, lucerne, pea straw and sugar cane are good options. They break down over time and add nutrients to the soil. As well as limiting weed growth, mulching helps with moisture retention in the soil and protects plant roots.

Keep on top of the weeds as they grow quickly at this time of year. Watch for bindii, oxalis and dandelion. Use an organic spray or pull them by hand before they have time to flower, set seed and spread.

Pulling out weeds from the lawn

Harvest

There's nothing like picking fresh produce from the garden, and there's lots to harvest in December. Pick corn, radish, lettuce, banana, capsicum, and pawpaw.

Bananas, a lettuce, onions, beans and tomatoes

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.

 

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