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Celosia Dragon's Breath Australian native plant (Celosia argentea plumosa)
It's summer and the perfect time to be out enjoying your garden in Queensland. Here are some tips to keeping it looking glorious this January.

Hero plant this month: Australian natives

January is a great time to plant Australian natives and other hardy plants.

Some favourites to check out include callistemons, also called bottlebrush, and grevilleas. Callistemons grow in most areas of Australia and are at their best in spring through summer. Prune after flowering to keep the shrub compact and encourage more blooms.

With more than 360 species including ground covers, shrubs, and trees there's sure to be a grevillea that suits your landscape. The brightly coloured flowers attract birds that love to feed on the nectar.

A group of Australian native plants in pots on a staircase

What else to plant

Another excellent small tree to plant is a crepe myrtle Lagerstroemia. Diamonds in the Dark is a new variety with striking near-black foliage and vivid blooms through summer.

Also select from acacia, grevillea, and hibiscus, which are great for planting this month.

For an added splash of colour consider portulaca or celosia. Both will thrive in a sunny position in the garden or try them in a pot.

And for a water wise garden, natives such as carex are a good solution. Grown for their form and foliage colour, carex grow well in full sun or a partially sunny spot and will thrive in moist, well-drained soil.

Your garden doesn't have to just look good, it can be productive too. Think about the dinner table and plant capsicum, cucumber, sweet corn, sweet potato and chillies.

If the weather is hot, keep an eye on young plants, keep them well watered and in a sheltered spot until any really scorching days have passed.

Close up of a lavender lace plant

Maintenance

First up, start on some pruning. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms and keep the plant in good shape.

Using a wetting agent in a dry spell because it helps the soil retain moisture. Pay close attention to shrubs and any plants that are developing flowers. In hot weather they will need all the help they can get.

Mulch is your garden's best friend in summer. It helps prevent the soil drying out, protects roots from the hot sun and also keeps weeds at bay. Organic mulches such as pea straw or sugar cane will break down over time and help to improve the soil.

Pulling out a parsley bush out of a garden bed

Harvest

Nothing tastes as good as fresh produce from your own garden. This month keep picking beans, so they keep producing. Harvest pumpkins and ideally pick them with what's called a “handle”, or short stem so they keep for longer. Pick lettuce, rock melons, and chillies too.

There's no doubt, the garden is a great place to be in summer, so get out there and enjoy it.

Rockmelon, chillies, lettuce, pumpkin and beans

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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