Most gardeners in Australia spend three freezing winter months pruning the unwieldy canopies of trees and plants, clearing away dead leaves, and harvesting autumn blooms.
Nevertheless, if you consider yourself to be a passionate gardener, you’ll find many flowering plants that thrive during the harsh winter months. Regardless of whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth or Tasmania, you can grow pansies, carnations, zinnias, petunias, snapdragons, chrysanthemums and geraniums in winter.
Here’s a list of 6 beautiful flowers you can grow during the winter months.
Day lilies (Impatiens)
Impatiens are one flowering plant species that you can grow easily if you live in a dry or wet tropical region. Belonging to the balsam family of flowers, impatiens comprise nearly 850 species of perennials, annuals, and dwarf shrubs. You can cultivate the plants in pots or farm them in your garden.
Grevillea “Golden Lyre”
A hybrid variety of Grevillea, Grevillea Golden Lyre flourishes in Australia’s subtropical regions like Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Longreach and New South Wales. Golden Lyres can grow up to a height of 1.5 m with a girth of 3m and the very long flowers (up to 25cm) often secrete honey. However, Grevillea Golden Lyres thrive best in frost-free surroundings and you’ll need to have a large garden to grow this flowering plant.
If you live in Perth, Kimberley or York or any other region in Western Australia, there are numerous flowering plants you can cultivate in winter including Kangaroo Paw. Kangaroo Paw, which grows naturally throughout Western Australia is the state’s floral motif. You can grow different Kangaroo Paw species but keep in mind that they are vulnerable to frost. Kangaroo Paw is a perennial, so you can expect blossoms all through the year.
You can accentuate the beauty of your patio or balcony garden by growing zinnias if you are a resident of Southern Australia or Western Australia. Suburbs in and around Perth and Adelaide have a ‘Mediterranean’ climate, which is ideal for farming zinnia. Zinnias need a little extra care and thrive when planted in well-drained soil in direct sunlight.
Lily of the Valley Shrub
Lily of the Valley blossoms copiously in the cooler northern climes of Australia, including the entire Northern Territory and some areas of Western Australia and Queensland. This is a flowering shrub that grows best in the shade, away from the direct rays of the sun. You can mulch and nourish the shrub with dead autumn leaves.
Snowdrops are best planted in winter so that the plants are ready to bloom by spring. When the white flowers blossom and fall, they cover the entire ground making the earth appear like a blanket of snow, hence their name. Make sure you farm snowdrops in a shaded area, preferably in your veranda or balcony in pots.