Autumn is a fantastic season for gardening, and there are many plants that can be grown during this time. From edibles for the veggie patch to gorgeous blossoming flowers, we’ve compiled a list below of a few plants that grow really well in autumn.
Snow peas are a great plant for both those new to gardening and seasoned sowers, with the tall, vine-like plants producing crisp, delicious snacks. Autumn is the perfect time to plant snow peas in most regions of Australia, due to the mild weather. Snow peas can experience heat stress when temperatures get above 30 degrees Celsius, so it is best to grow them during the cooler months. To grow snow peas, sprinkle the seeds 2 cm deep in a sunny location. If all goes well (which it usually does with snow peas), you’ll be enjoying a healthy garden snack within two months of planting.
With so many different varieties to choose from, lettuce is a great vegetable to grow in autumn. Much like snow peas, lettuce is great to grow for those new to gardening, due to its relatively hardy nature. Lettuce can be grown either from seeds or seedlings, and loves a healthy amount of compost and manure for quick growth! It’s important to provide lettuce with frequent watering to ensure they stay at their best, as these plants like moist soil with good drainage. Some popular varieties of lettuce include cos, iceberg, oakleaf red, and butterheads.
These gorgeous flowers come in a range of colours and are sure to brighten up any pot or garden bed. Pansies are best planted in either autumn or spring, and are beautiful annuals that should produce many flowers during their time. Pansies love the sun, so planting them somewhere they can get plenty of sunshine is a must. These flowers can take a little while to germinate from seed, so don’t feel disgruntled if after a couple of weeks you still aren’t seeing any results. Just keep watering and be patient and you should have some gorgeous, flowering pansies in no time!
Broccoli is a vegetable packed with vitamin A, folic acid, and iron (just to name a few!), and a fantastic addition to any garden! Autumn is a great time to plant this veggie, and they should be ready to eat within about 10-16 weeks. It is often good practice to plant broccoli in seed trays to allow them to sprout, before transferring them to a garden bed after several weeks. Broccoli like moist soil that is well-drained, and prefer spots with a good amount of sun. There are several varieties of broccoli, from common types such as De Ciccio to Calabrese and the more exotic Purple Sprouting.
Autumn is a great time to get planting in the garden, and this list only just begins to touch on your options for plants to grow during the season! With so much variety, you’re sure to find a plant (or twenty!) that speaks to you this autumn. If you still can’t decide, why not grab our Autumn Friendly Seed collection which includes a bundle of autumnal seeds including broccoli, beetroot and coriander for you to try out!
We hope this blog has inspired you to throw some seeds! Happy planting.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus