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What To Plant In Spring

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What should I plant in spring? It’s a good question, and one that often has even the most seasoned gardeners scratching their heads.

The possibilities are endless, but timing is everything in the garden, so it’s worth doing a bit of seasonal sleuthing. The fact is that some plants thrive on being planted at this time of year, while others may struggle to thrive.

Know your local climate

Spring may officially start in September, but in practical terms it really depends on your local climate, which can vary from year to year.

This needs to be taken into account when it comes to planting in spring, particularly in cooler areas where it will influence the timing of the last frosts and the soil warming up sufficiently for seeds to germinate and young plants to establish.

See our Australian Climate Guide to give you an indication of your climate region.


From flamboyant gladioli to elegant calla lilies and striking dahlias, summer-flowering bulbs are in a class of their own, and early spring is the time to get them in the ground.







There’s a summer-flowering bulb for most garden positions, whether that be full summer sun (and lots of it), shady zones under trees, damp spots near water or dry areas. 

Many of these plants are fabulous in pots and containers, as well as naturalised into garden beds. Most have long-lasting flowers that cut a striking figure in a vase or festival table arrangement, so be sure to plant extra. Here are our 10 favourite bulbs to plant in spring.


Spring might take the crown for plants bursting into bloom, but it’s also a fantastic time of year for planting flowering perennials, annuals and shrubs. Some of these, such as iconic sunflowers, will shoot up and be at their peak by summertime.

Others, like hydrangeas, will require more patience but reward you for years to come once established. 

No matter what you choose, flowers are a garden staple – not only for their beauty, but because they feed essential pollinators like bees, butterflies and birds. More than just a pretty face!








With frosts retreating, soil warming up, and lengthening hours of sunlight, spring is prime time in the veggie garden.

Whether you want to raise heirloom tomatoes, start a pumpkin patch, grow your own salad bar, or simply have a few fresh greens in easy reach, now is the time to get started.

Growing veggies from seed is cheap, satisfying, and gives you greater control over the quality of your produce.

Some seeds can be germinated indoors or in a greenhouse before planting out, although others (like pumpkins) prefer to be sown directly. Check out what vegetables to plant in spring.








Plants with edible fruit are prized by gardeners, families and food-lovers alike.

From large trees to shrubs, vines and herbaceous perennials, fruiting plants are a varied bunch, and there are numerous varieties suited to planting in spring.

A big, open space may benefit from a shady tree like a mulberry, while dwarf fruit tree varieties (including apples) are well suited to smaller gardens and courtyards.

No space to speak of? Try a hanging basket of strawberries.








Any food lover worth their salt knows the value of fresh herbs.

It’s cheap, easy and satisfying to grow your own supply, and spring is a great time to dig in.

Culinary favourites like basil and coriander, as well as lesser known herbs like Lebanese cress and calendula flowers, are great for planting in spring. 

Got a veggie patch on the go? Sow your herbs there to ward off unwanted pests, many of which are deterred by the strong aromatic properties of flavoursome herbs.







Planting In Spring

Ready to warm up those green thumbs after winter? Now’s the time to start planning and ordering your new-season plants and seeds.

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