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A range of succulents.
It's the last month of summer and a great time to be in the garden. It's often hot, so consider working in the early mornings, or late afternoons. These times are also the most efficient to be watering your garden.

Hero plant this month: Succulents and cacti

Succulents are a popular choice because they look fantastic and are easy to care for. They happily grow well as indoor plants, you could also put them in the garden, or use as a feature in pots.

The beauty of succulents and cacti is the huge range of shapes, sizes and colours from which to choose. They are low maintenance, hardy and a great plant for kids.

Most cacti and succulents thrive in a sunny spot. They like well-drained soil and for the best results, don't over water.

Pick from varieties such as ornamental aloes, or traditional cacti. Be wary of the thorns if working with cacti making sure you're wearing gloves for protection.

A favourite to look out for is echeverias. They come in a range of shapes and colours and many are known for their rosette-like foliage, these plants thrive in pots. Native to the semi-desert areas of Central America, the trick to keeping your echeveria alive is to avoid overwatering.

Small cacti in pots

What else to plant

It's a great time to get in some edibles too. Tomatoes, lettuce and parsley will all be great additions to the veggie patch.

Heirloom tomato plants

Maintenance

Pruning is a constant in any garden and this month is no exception. Remove spent flowers where needed from natives and other plants. This not only improves the look of the plant but will also encourage further blooming.

Adding some fertiliser will also help promote more flowers but don't do this on a very hot day. If you don't know what to use, pop into store and ask our experts.

In the summer heat, adding a wetting agent to your garden beds and turf will provide an extra layer of protection against a hot, dry spell.

Weeds thrive in the heat too. So be vigilant and pull any before they have time to set seed.

If it's dry be sure to water shrubs such as gardenias, hydrangeas, and ixoras. As they develop flowers, they need plenty of water to look their best.

Finally add a layer of mulch to protect plant roots. Using pea straw or sugar cane as mulch are good options because as they break down, they add nutrients to the soil.

Using secateurs to prune a bush

Harvest

Some of the beautiful bounty you can expect to harvest this month will include eggplant, zucchini, sweet corn and tomatoes bursting with flavour. And if you're clever enough to have planted watermelon, you'll be able to serve this perennial favourite to your family in the heat of summer.

So, there you go, lots of jobs to do in your garden this month.

Watermelon, corn, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplants

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.

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.

 

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