November is ideal for freshening up your outdoors, and getting ready for summer entertaining in the garden. Add bursts of colour with flowering plants, or spruce up your outdoor furniture setting. You can also summer-proof your lawn now, for long lazy days ahead.
- Trees & shrubs: Magnolia grandiflora, ceanothus, duranta, flowering cherry, gardenia, hibiscus, jacaranda, lavender, NZ Christmas bush, plumbago, rhododendron, weigela.
- Natives: Boronia, bottlebrush, flame tree, Geraldton wax, melaleuca, native frangipani, NSW Christmas bush, silky oak
- Annuals & perennials: Ageratum, delphinium, French marigold, gazania, gerbera, lobelia, nasturtium, petunia, portulaca, salvia, snow-in-summer.
- Bulbs: Agapanthus, arum lily, calla lily, canna, hippeastrum, iris, Madonna lily, November lily, watsonia.
- Climbers: Bougainvillea, star jasmine, honeysuckle, jasmine, stephanotis
- November is a wonderful month for planting a range of beautiful blooms including alyssum, calibrachoa, columbine, cornflower, cosmos, daisy, delphinium, gazania, geranium, gerbera, pentstemon, petunia, snapdragon, New Guinea impatiens, salvia and stock.
- It’s time to plant container-grown trees, shrubs and climbers of all kinds, including dwarf fruit trees. Remember to pop a saucer under your pots to help retain moisture and to prevent stains on your pavers or deck.
- November offers an edible smorgasbord. Plant beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, celery, eggplant, herbs, lettuce, parsnip, pumpkin, rockmelon, sweet corn, tomato and zucchini.
- Now’s the time to create a water feature in your garden - whether it’s a shallow bowl or a pond - with plants like water iris and water lilies.
- Encourage frogs to your garden by planting groundcover, small shrubs and grasses.
- Ensure your lawn is dressed to impress with a quality top dressing. Cut your lawn as high as you can to help shade the roots and reduce water loss from the soil.
- Give rose bushes some love with an application of Sudden Impact for Roses, making sure it's watered in well.
- Give vegies and summer-flowering annuals complete fertiliser or a dressing of blood and bone.
- Acid-loving plants including daphne, azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons will appreciate a feed at this time of year. Use a specially-formulated acidic fertiliser like Neutrog Kahoona for best results.
- Get your NSW Christmas Bush into the Christmas spirit with a colour-intensifying application of Yates Leaf Greener Iron Chelate.
- Prune any spring growth which is fading in the heat.
- Cut back plants that don’t like summer heat, like lavender.
- Prune your philadelphus and weigela after flowering. Cut out old branches to make room for new, vigorous wood.
- Trim jasmine polyanthum to keep it under control.
- Prune climbing roses to shape after flowering.
- Lightly prune native shrubs after flowering.
- Cut off strawberry plant runners to help redirect your plant's energy toward producing fruit.
- Love a good topiary? Now’s the time to trim buxus and lilly pilly topiaries to help keep their shape
Pests & diseases
- Protect fruiting trees and ripening vegies against fruit fly with fruit fly bait.
- Keep lace bug away from azaleas with Yates Baythroid or eco-oil, an organic alternative.
- Apply Nature's Way Vegetable Derris Dust to prevent beetles attacking pumpkins, cucumbers and melons.
- Caterpillars are on the hunt for annuals and vegies. Use Dipel or Success Ultra to keep them away.
General garden care
- With summer just around the corner, it’s time to summer-proof your lawns and gardens with a little care and attention. Apply Amgrow Seaweed Tonic to your lawn and plants to help 'drought-proof' them.
- Water citrus and fruit trees regularly to ensure healthy fruit. Keep outdoor container plants well watered. Place saucers underneath pots.
- Make sure your garden beds are well mulched, ready to capture and retain the November rain. Place some dynamic lifter or cow manure under the mulch to give the plants a boost. If you need to top up your mulch, do it after a good watering (or some rain!)
- Once tomato plants begin to set fruit, keep them well watered and fertilised and prepare for fruit fly. A bait like eco-naturalure is your best defence.
- Divide and re-pot orchids if they have formed a dense clump, using a quality orchid potting mix.
- Heat-loving herbs such as basil, coriander and chilli.
- Fruit and flower fertiliser for all fruit and vegetables.
- All Australian natives.
- Dipel or Success.
- Orchid potting mix.