What to Plant in Autumn in Melbourne.

Many of us here on the Mornington Peninsula love our gardening. When the weather cools down, that doesn’t deter us, it inspires us! Now is the time to start thinking about winter colours and winter veg. Here are some tips from the After-Care gardening team on what to plant in autumn.

Rich Winter Colour

It’s exciting – and easy – to add some sizzle to a sometimes-dreary winter. Plant your vibrant annuals now. Pansies look great in hanging baskets. They decorate outdoor walkways with bursts of eye-catching colour. For warm tones of apricot and gold, edge your garden beds with calendulas. Or, why not try some potted alyssum, begonia, or cineraria to bring an overflowing warmth of colour to any cold day.

Flowering Bulbs

Autumn in the garden means it’s time for bulb planting. Our gardening team recommends bulbs are planted in well-draining soil. Prepare the garden bed by removing weeds and digging the soil over. Most bulbs are planted at a depth twice as deep as the bulb is high, with the pointy end up. Ranunculus are planted with the pointy end of the bulb facing down. Bulbs can also be planted in pots if there is not enough room in your garden beds.

After Care Australasia - Plantation in Melbourne in Autumn


You can start your herb garden at any time of the year. Although annual herbs such as parsley and coriander tend to grow well in the cooler months. If you want to refresh your herb garden, chives, mint, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, shallots, and thyme also do well when planted now. If you have a potted herb garden, remember to rejuvenate the soil approximately every 2 years. Over time, soil loses nutrients. This will affect the herb growth. A handy tip for knowing when to change the soil is, press down on it from the top. If it feels hard and compact – it’s time to change.

Winter Veg

A wide variety of hearty vegetables can be planted now. Radish, silverbeet, spinach, broad beans and celery are relatively easy and quick to grow. It’s also a great time to plant your casserole veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, parsnip, swede and turnip. Vegetables thrive in nutrient rich soil. Location and soil are the key to flavoursome homegrown veggies. Add lots of compost and organic matter to the soil, and ensure they can soak up enough sunlight.

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