Gardening is a favourite Australian pastime. At Thornhill Park, we support residents to utilise the external parts of their homes with garden design guidelines that will make their spaces precious and useful.
We’ve compiled an autumn gardening guide that will help you make the most of your outdoor space while giving you the plants that can best withstand the colder seasons.
Japanese maples are small shade trees that can be a great ornamental feature in your classic garden. During early autumn, it’s a good idea to do the planting since the soil is still warm from summer; this encourages root growth before the season changes to winter. Once planted, Japanese maples require little maintenance.
Ideal in just about every climate zone in Australia, crepe myrtle is a favourite of gardeners for its ability to offer a feature in every season while requiring little upkeep. The plant prefers a full sun position and well-drained soil. Although many prune their crepe myrtle to encourage flowering, some say this ruins their naturally beautiful shape.
The tree world calls it the “ugly duckling” but the Chinese pistacho can actually transform from an unattractive and misshapen young tree into a magnificent specimen. It is a wonderful sight during autumn when its leaves turn to beautiful shades of orange and red. Once established, this tree is drought and frost tolerant.
Grown for shade or screen, lilly pilly are usually planted to provide concealment through its dense, glossy green leaves all year round. Due to its non-invasive nature, lilly pillies can grow quite happily in containers as long as they’re regularly watered. Many of their breeds bear fruits, and these big red and purple berries will attract native birds to your garden.
Common especially in the east and south-east of Australia, bottlebrushes can easily adapt in the tropical north and temperate south. As garden plants, bottlebrushes are excellent. While they thrive in damp conditions, they are also very hardy, can tolerate drought and need little maintenance.
There are many advantages in planting during the early part of autumn. With the punishing heat of summer gone, the cooler weather is friendlier to gardeners who grab the chance to return to planting, feeding and pruning.
The soil is also warm from summer, making it ideal for the plants’ roots to thrive, grow and get established before the ground freezes. Flowers planted in autumn have time to settle in the winter and are ready to burst into growth in early spring. With autumn rain, you won’t need to constantly water your plants either, requiring little to no maintenance.
Autumn is also the season for pruning. Doing this will help improve the appearance of your trees and shrubs by removing dead or dying branches and also promotes crop growth. If you have garden hedges, it’s advisable to trim them before the onset of winter to keep them compact.
Your hard work in autumn may not be readily witnessed over the winter, but come spring, you’ll surely enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Click here for a complete list of recommended plants in the Thornhill Park Design Guidelines.