Gardens in the warmer coastal areas can be quite colorful at this time of year, while further away from the coast, there are some frost-hardy treasures to be found among our native plants.

15 Helpful Tips for Winter Gardening

Meanwhile, in cooler temperate areas people will be getting back into the garden after a brief dormant period – to prune and plant, to knock up a garden seat or potting bench.

Here are 14 tips to keep your garden blooming through the cold weather:

  1. It is important to monitor the weather in all regions, as winter rains can be unpredictable and gardens may need supplementary watering.
  2. In addition, frost can have a drying effect if rain does not follow. Mulching therefore continues to be important in every garden – protecting roots from frost and cold, and ultimately improving soil texture and thus the soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients.
  3. Take care not to overwater lawns, which encourages the ever-lurking fungal diseases.
  4. With the recent big rains, lawns can be aerated with a hollow tine fork or a conventional garden fork to improve drainage.
  5. Less mowing is needed during this time, but don’t neglect the edges or let your lawn become scruffy.
  6. Plant trees, shrubs, climbing plants, perennials and berry fruits.
  7. In all gardens plant peas of all kinds. In cool and temperate zones plant broad beans and parsley and capsicums.
  8. In all regions, plant out cabbages and onions and plant potato tubers (or wait until next month if it seems too cold) .
  9. Asparagus may also be an option for this area now.
  10. In most areas this is the main month for pruning and feeding roses.
  11. If you have some early spring-flowering varieties you should certainly make a start so that they will be in good shape for blooming them.
  12. The evergreen Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ may need to be trimmed a little. If you cut it quite close to its support, a healthy plant will reward you with masses of tight flower clusters; if you let it arch freely it will look like a primrose-colored waterfall.
  13. Heavy pruning is now mainly reserved for modern hybrid bush roses. With climbing roses remove old, weak canes and twiggy growth and tie as many stems as possible horizontally.
  14. Watch for aphids, borers, cup moth, leaf curl, petal blight and white scale and mites.