Flowers to plant by season
You can just plant any flower at any time of the year and expect it to thrive. The good news is that there are flowering plants available to plant every season
During summer plant flowers like pansies, alyssum, cyclamens, forget-me-nots, petunias, marigolds, phlox and zinnias.
Make sure you’re giving growing plants plenty of water in summer. You can use the ‘finger test’ to check if your plants are thirsty – put a finger roughly five centimetres into the soil and if the dirt feels dry, give your plant a water.
As the climate cools it’s a good time to plant flowers like violas, English daisies, lobelia, snapdragons, sweet pea and polyanthus. Late autumn is also a good time to plant bulbs for spring – think tulips, daffodils, irises and anemones.
Fallen leaves from deciduous trees can also be collected during autumn and turned either into compost (the leaves add carbon to your compost mixture) or shredded and added to your flowers as a form of nutrient-rich mulch.
You might think winter is too cold to plant anything in Victoria, but some flowering plants don’t mind the chilly weather. Opt for flowers like calendula, poppies, geraniums, begonias and ranunculi.
Late winter is also a good time to trim any hedges you might have, as well as remove any errant weeds that may have emerged with heavy winter rains.
Spring is commonly regarded as one of the busiest times in the garden, with plenty of flowers ready to plant including dahlias, chrysanthemums, cornflowers, petunias, carnations, marigolds and dianthus. If you live in a warmer area or get a lot of sun you could even try planting sunflowers from late spring.
Other springtime gardening tasks including renewing you mulch, pruning and fertilising your plants as well. If you've got established perennials, spring is also a great time to propagate through division.
After winter’s brutal winds and rains, spring is also a good time to do an overall tidy up of your garden before the harsh summer heat kicks in.