We tend to concentrate on spring and summer as the best times to plant. However, did you realize that winter is another time to plant? In Australia, there are no specific gardening regulations. Regardless of whether you reside in a chilly, tropical, or warm place, our immensely diverse environment makes horticulture possible all year long. What to grow in the winter will be covered today!
The Ideal Season for Gardening – Winters
One of the toughest seasons of the year is really winter. The moment is right to examine your garden’s layout. You can fully evaluate what’s functioning and what you enjoy in your garden and what you may wish to eliminate when portions are sparse due to winter. You shouldn’t have to wait till spring, regardless of where you live to have beautiful, vibrant blooms in your gardens. During the winter, a lot of plants produce stunning blooms.
Our suggestions on what to plant in each Australian state during the winter are listed below!
⦁ Snowdrops and Snowflakes – When grown under deciduous magnolias, snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis, which means milk-white blossoms) and the snowflake-like Leucojum flower create a wintry image. Winter is about to end when you first see their snow-white nodding heads poking through the forest floor. These plants are quite hardy, and the blossoms stay longer in colder temperatures. They can be grown in wandering streams through a border, beneath evergreen shrubs in a forestry setting, or on the grass beneath a tree and look best when scattered about in the light shade. They can be cultivated in containers, so apartment gardeners can also take advantage of their beauty.
⦁ Lavender – Because of their Mediterranean origin, they are excellent for water-conserving gardening. They simply need a little irrigation and do well in garden areas with good drainage. Lavenders can grow into one-meter-tall, bun-shaped balls and do best in accessible, sunny, open locations. Lavenders, which are native to windswept regions of the Mediterranean coast, flower profusely in the winter. They can get leggy (exceedingly tall due to a lack of light) and straggly if not pruned. After flowering, perform two excellent prunings to prune back the plant, followed by a stimulant to promote rapid regrowth.
⦁ Winter Rose – The winter rose (Helleborus) is a low ground cover with timid, nodding flowers, attractive spotted markings, and a papery texture rather than a rose at all. They stay forever, are excellent for picking, and float nicely in bowls. Hellebores are non-demanding and simple to grow. Give them a thin layer and plant them on soil that has been improved with compost or manure. They are ideal in the shade of deciduous trees like magnolias, crepe myrtles, and maples. The summer canopy will shield them from excessive heat, and the winter brightness will produce additional blooming. After the summer, remove any old leaves to let the plant receive more sunshine, promoting flowering. Spread manure around them after that since, despite popular perception, they dislike having their feet wet.
⦁ Fairy Primrose – Wintertime is a beautiful time to enjoy primrose or Primula obconica. White, pink, lavender, and magenta soft, lacy flower clusters measure 30 cm in height and only bloom for one period, from winter to spring. The fairy primrose, Primula malacoides, is more well-known; both are related to the common cowslip. Plant them in pots to provide color to bleak spots in the house and garden throughout the winter. But take care—this plant, which is called “poison primrose,” can cause a poisonous reaction if eaten and skin problems when touched.
⦁ Daphne – Daphne is a favorite winter scent for its sweet aroma. Give it a location that receives early sun and is shielded from chilly winds. From the forested mountain slopes of China and Japan, Sweet Daphne odora produces clusters of tiny, starry, pale-pink blossoms in the winter. Your daphne should live for ten years if you put it in filtered sunlight and wet, cold, conversion of organic soil that is well-ventilated and somewhat acidic. The attractive variegated version has a thin white margin around the glossy green leaf. However, she is particularly vulnerable to viruses.
⦁ Luculia – Large pink flower heads on luculia infuse a room with scent. It can be fickle and challenging to establish, but it forms an excellent shrub once it does. It might surprise you that Luculia gratissima thrives in our environment because it was born high in the Himalayas. It develops into a substantial shrub bearing copious trusses of fragrant, rosy-pink flowers with long, slender tubes. The foliage is lovely as well, with glossy green leaves that turn burnished in the fall. It should flourish if you can maintain the top warm and the roots cool.
⦁ Polyanthus – Another primula that is difficult to ignore when you see its gorgeous, vibrant colors is Polyanthus. They actually add a nice splash of color throughout the winter if you plant a few in a square terracotta basin. They will bloom for months if you provide them with lots of sunlight. The abundant white blossoms of this little, 20cm-high annual will be adored by those who host garden weddings in the winter. Primrose and polyanthus will remain healthy and grow stronger if watered with a seaweed solution. To promote bushiness, pinch out growth tips; for a greater flower display, remove wasted flower heads.
⦁ Bergenia – Bergenia thrives when planted under trees since their luxuriant foliage thrives in such dark areas, making them suitable as a dense ground cover. They can be utilised as border plants in places with more sunlight, where the flowers overpower the leaves. Bergenia varieties and cultivars feature broad, leathery leaves that range in color from light to dark green and can take on warmer undertones during the cooler months. They grow from hard, woody stems. The five-petaled, brilliant pink flowers appear in bunches on long stalks and bloom throughout the winter. The majority of species have flowers that are pink in color, but some also have white, mauve, and red varieties.
You can grow these various varieties of flowers in Australia in winter. Apart from these, there are several other flowers like – Alyssum, Begonia, Calendula, Delphinium, Foxglove, Geranium, Grevillea, Heartsease, Lobelia, Pansies, Snapdragon, and Violets (native). Happy Gardening!