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Different types of geraniums in pots
It's December in South Australia,the start of summer and the festive season. There is lots to do in the garden this month. So here are a few tips to get you started.

It's a great time to plant poinsettias

December is party season and it's all about colour. So this month, the focus is on poinsettias with their festive, colourful bracts. Colours include white, orange and showy red. Inside they need indirect light, to be watered when dry, pruned back hard after flowering and fertilise then too. Plant out in a pot or in the garden.

Poinsettias make an ideal Christmas gift or centrepiece for your table.

A close up of red poinsettia flowers

What else to plant

Bougainvilleas are another good choice for planting this month. With their bold colours, they pack a punch for impact. Plant as a ground cover or let your ‘bougie' climb a trellis. There are also compact and smaller growing dwarf varieties that suit pots. Some say they thrive on neglect, but plant in full sun for good results.

Southern cypress pines, Callitris gracilis, are also good to plant now. They likes sandy, well-drained soil and can reach up to 15m high so keep that in mind when planting this tree.

For hardiness, agapanthas are a sure bet with their showy blue, white or purple flowers. Use as a border plant, and plant in a sunny position. Remove spent flowers so the seed doesn't spread.

Don't neglect the vegie patch either. Quick growing radishes are a beaut project for the kids. Get in some spinach and celery, which is easy to grow. Plant carrot seed straight in the ground. Also plant beans and sweet corn too.

A close up of small correa alba plants

Maintenance

Give plants a good dose of liquid seaweed. It will promote root growth and makes plants resilient against the summer heat.

Monitor water needs in the garden regularly. Water deeply to encourage stronger root growth and keep an eye on pots as these tend to dry out more quickly.

If you haven't already, then it's the perfect time to check irrigation systems and make sure they are in good working order. Check with your local authority about any water restrictions in your area.

Mulch any beds that need it. This will help retain moisture in the soil. It also helps to protect plant roots from the hot sun.

A Bunnings team member watering the garden with a hose

Harvest

During the festive season, there's no better time than harvesting fresh fruit and vegies form the garden to share with family and friends. Rocket makes great salad, strawberries are sweet and juicy. Pick lettuce and Asian greens too.

It's summer in South Australia. So get out into your garden and enjoy it.

Mandarins, pears, beetroot, cauliflower and spring onions

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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