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While it can be cold and wet in South Australia in August, it's still a great time to get into the garden. This month it's about preparing for spring. Here's a few ideas to get you started.

Hero plant this month: Gardenias

Gardenias are known for their wonderfully fragrant flowers from late spring through summer, but they also have beautiful, dark, glossy foliage. These frost-sensitive plants grow well in containers or garden borders in free-draining acidic soil.

Punnets of young lettuce plants

What else to plant

Other acid-loving plants such as azaleas and camellias are also flowering this time of year. And there are plenty of colours and varieties in store.

With their attractive evergreen foliage and delicate flowers, camellias are a great plant. 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, with its dainty white flowers. You can even try using its leaves to make tea.

Azaleas are another popular choice. They like a semi-shaded position, good drainage and prefer morning sun. Remember, over-watering is a potential azalea killer and keep an eye out for insects and diseases.

It's the perfect time to plant lavenders, nandinas and bird of paradise Strelitzia for their fabulous architectural leaves. These are best planted in a sheltered position out of the wind and like plenty of sun.

It's also a great time to put in edibles such as capsicum, chillies and lettuce.

A Bunnings team member picking lemons from a lemon tree

Maintenance

It's time to spray roses with lime sulphur. This protects roses against insect attack and fungal diseases.

If you've got clay soil at your place, then spread some gypsum around as it gets absorbed more rapidly. Gypsum will help break down your clay. For application rates, read the instructions on the packet.

It's a good time to pick citrus. When the weather warms a little, start fertilising the lawn. Add some fertiliser to pots and other plants too.

Cauliflower, asian greens, brussels sprouts and rainbow chard

Harvest

Don't think because it's winter, there's nothing to harvest. Cauliflower, Asian greens, Brussels sprouts and rainbow chard are all looking fantastic and ready for picking.

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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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.