February is often wet and humid, which equals plenty of growth. But the last month of summer is a time when weeds, fungus and pests are also on the rise. To keep your garden performing at its peak, here is what to plant, feed, prune.

Flowering now

  • Trees & Shrubs:
    Buddleia, crepe myrtle, cuphea, fuchsia, gardenia, grevillea hybrids, hibiscus, plumbago, roses, oleander
  • Annuals & Perennials:
    Aster, begonia, celosia, cosmos, geranium, impatiens, petunia, marigold, phlox, portulaca, salvia, alyssum, verbena, zinnia
  • Bulbs:
    Amaryllis, canna, dahlia, dietes, daylily
  • Climbers:
    Bougainvillea, mandevilla, morning glory

Flowers in February

Plant/sow

  • Fill your garden with alyssum, cineraria, marigold, polyanthus, snapdragon and sweet pea.
  • In temperate and cool zones, plant cyclamen.
  • Now’s the time to grow edibles like beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, onions, parsley, parsnip, peas, radish, silverbeet and spinach

Fertilise

  • Give fruit trees a complete plant food to ensure fruit in spring. Citrus trees growing in the ground expect two good meals a year and February is one of those two important mealtimes (August is the other).
  • After pruning, feed roses, hydrangeas and hibiscus complete fertiliser or rotted manure.
  • Fertilise vegies and annuals fortnightly to maintain growth.

Prune

  • Prune your lavender after flowering. This will prevent legginess and prolong the life of the plant.
  • After flowering, trim hydrangeas to the first two plump buds.
  • Prune long, unwanted summer canes on creepers such as wisteria and jasmine to keep them under control.
  • Deadhead roses and summer annuals and give them a feed of liquid fertiliser to extend flowering.

February in the garden

Pests & diseases

  • Fungal diseases such as leaf spot or mildew on vegies and ornamentals should be sprayed with Mancozeb.
  • Keep sucking and chewing insects away from edibles with Dipel, pyrethrum or Success Ultra. For roses and ornamentals, you can use Success Ultra.

General garden care

  • Collect and destroy any fallen fruit beneath fruit trees. Fallen fruit encourages the build-up of troublesome pests and diseases.
  • Prepare vegie gardens for planting by adding compost and fertiliser.
  • February is a hot and humid month, so check all the soil in your garden and pots is covered by mulch to conserve water and control weeds.

Buy now

  • Complete plant food
  • Citrus fertiliser
  • Rose fertiliser
  • Snail bait