Brr, it's a wet and chilly month - but while the garden goes into hibernation, there's plenty you can get done. Use this downtime to prune your wisteria and deciduous fruit trees, plant bulbs and natives, and even start treating bindii in preparation for spring lawn growth.
- Trees and shrubs: Banksia, camellia, coral tree, daphne, diosma, lavender, Geraldton wax, grevillea, hakea, leptospermum, magnolia, poinsettia, rosemary, strelitzia, viburnum, wattles, and beautiful flowering apricot, peach and quince.
- Annuals and perennials: Calendula, hellebore, poppy, kalanchoe, mignonette, pansy, polyanthus, stock, sweet pea, viola, violet, wallflower, zygocactus.
- Bulbs: Clivia, cyclamen, daffodil, hyacinth, jonquil, snowflakes.
- Climbers: Banksia rose, orange trumpet vine.
- Flowers: Alyssum, violet, calendula, iberis candytuft.
- Trees and shrubs: Potted fruit trees. Plant natives such as banksia, grevilleas, hakea, wattle and callistemon (bottlebrush) to attract birds to your garden.
- Bulbs: Agapanthus, arum lily, calla lily, bearded iris, gladiolus, hippeastrum, lilium, spider lily.
- Vegetables: Beetroot, broad beans, carrot, lettuce (winter varieties), onion, parsnip, peas, radish, rhubarb (crowns), rocket, shallots, silver beet, spinach, tomato.
- Winter-blooming annuals will benefit from a nice feed of Thrive Flower & Fruit.
- Feed citrus towards the end of the month - this will help get it ready for its spring growth spurt.
- Prune repeat flowering roses and deciduous fruit trees, wisteria, crepe myrtle and grapevines.
- Avoid pruning spring-flowering, deciduous shrubs and flowering fruit trees that are grown for their blossoms. If you prune now you'll miss out on a spectacular spring flower show!
- Leave pruning frost-affected plants until frost has finished. Frost affected leaves may look ugly, but they serve an important purpose by protecting any tender new growth coming through underneath.
Pests and Diseases
- For the fruit lovers, spray your fruit trees against leaf curl with a lime sulphur or copper fungicide before buds begin to swell. It’s too late when flowers begin to open.
- Apply Bin-Die now to kill bindii in lawns before the burr develops. Bin-Die will also control oxalis, clover and other broadleaf weeds.
- After pruning roses, spray with Rose Shield for mealy bug and scale, and use Lime Sulphur for fungal disease and scale.
General garden care
- Keep azaleas and camellias well watered to ensure prolonged flowering.
- Try not to over-water as this will cause rot. Remember, plants are less thirsty in the winter months, so adjust your watering accordingly.
- Promote abundant flowering by removing dead flower heads from annuals and bulbs.
- Bare-rooted fruit trees
- Native plants
- Liquid fertilisers such as Thrive
- Vegetable dust