Autumn Garden Magic: How to Keep Your Outdoor Space Vibrant All Year Round
As the cooler months approach, it's natural to think your garden will soon lose its vibrancy. But fear not! With the right plants, you can still enjoy a touch of spring, even in the depths of autumn.
Here are some of the best flowers and plants to grow during this time of year:
The Australian Banksia is from the Protea family. These hardy evergreens can readily tolerate very dry climates that can be either hot or cold in temperature. With very little watering, varieties such as the Banksia ericifolia and Banksia marginata will attract wildlife to your garden all year round.
Poppies are very easy to grow from seed. The commemorative Flanders Poppy and the Iceland Poppy are cold and frost tolerant. Even in winter, they will produce vibrant red, orange, and yellow-toned flowers and can be grown indoors and outdoors.
For those who love to cook, consider adding some kale and other types of Brassica to your garden. These plants thrive in cold conditions and taste sweeter when exposed to frost. With its varying green and purple-toned buds, kale has become a favourite of florists and a great addition to winter salads.
Cyclamens go dormant during summer and produce small heart-shaped flowers during autumn and winter. The most common variety Cyclamen persicum is a perennial that will produce white, pink, or purple flowers year after year. Along with its variegated leaf pattern, Cyclamens are sure to be a winter favourite.
Don’t be fooled by the cold temperatures. Although your plants require much less, it is still vital to water them even in the depths of winter. Keep an eye on the weather, you may not need to water as often if the overnight frost will melt in the sun the following day. However, if you find that the soil is mostly dry, water your plants early in the morning to prevent the roots from freezing overnight.