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Say goodbye to cold winter days and hello to the sun and warmth of spring. Now is the perfect time to get in the garden and start planting. But what to plant? Our spring planting guide has the answers.


Now's the time

With the weather getting warmer, spring is the perfect time to start planting flowers, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. However, what you can grow also depends on the soil conditions and climate where you live. With a climate as diverse as Australia's, it's important to know which plants are best suited to your region so that you get the best results in your garden.

Prepare your soil

Before you plant, prepare your soil by digging in compost and manure  so your plants have the nutrients they need to grow. Also, make sure the soil is well watered.

Tip: After planting, cover your beds in a 5cm layer of mulch.

Plant some spring colour

Australia is made up of six climatic zones and two main seasonal patterns, so depending on where you live you may be experiencing different weather conditions to other parts of the country. The following is a list of some of the more popular flowers to plant in spring:

Southern States (Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia)  Western Australia 
Petunias  Marigolds
Snapdragons Portulacas 
Marigolds  Impatiens 
Geraniums Zinnias 
  Kangaroo Paw
Queensland  Tasmania 
Gardenias Hippeastrums 
Alyssum  Belladonna Lilies
Cosmos  Giant Sunflowers


Spring fruits, vegetables and herbs

Which fruits, vegetables and herbs you can plant and successfully grow in spring will depend on the climate in your region.

Warm areas

Areas that are frost-free or only have occasional frosts. This is the area north of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales and all the way across to Geraldton in the west.

Fruits and vegetables Herbs
Passionfruit Parsley 
Paw paw  Sweet basil
Avocado Dill
Banana  Mint 
Citrus Marjoram
Macadamia  Coriander 
Rocket  Catnip 
Silverbeet  Thyme
Spring onion

Cool to cold areas

Areas where there are low temperatures for long periods of time. This includes all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of New South Wales, the ACT and a small part of the southern South Australia.

Fruits and vegetables Herbs
Strawberries  Basil 
Leeks Chives 
Onions Coriander 
Parsnip Dill 
Radishes  Mint 
Spinach  Oregano
Sweet corn  Parsley 
Beetroot  Sage 
Tomatoes Thyme 

Temperate zones

Where there are occasional winter frosts, this includes much of the rest of Australia, some areas of Victoria, most of South Australia and the southern Western Australia.

Fruits and vegetables Herbs
Blueberries Chives 
Passionfruit  Parsley 
Paw paw  Catnip
Bananas  Sage 
Citrus  Oregano
Olives Rosemary
Spring onion Thyme 
Artichoke  Marjoram
Climbing beans 
Sweet corn 


Start your spring garden today

We've got a huge range of plants, including colour, fruit, vegies or herbs, and plenty of new ideas for your garden.


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