What to plant in summer

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Kick-starting the new year with a few resolutions? No doubt eating healthy, boosting your exercise regime and getting outside more are on many people’s lists. But why not kick start all three by getting out into your garden? It’s hot and sticky outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s no good for your garden. In fact, there are a bunch of plants, veggies and fruits that flourish when planted in summer. Here are a few to get you started, writes Kevin Pobjie, owner and director of Wizard Home Improvements.


Herbs are always handy to have in the garden. When you need to add some flavour to a dish, having a range of herb plants means you can whip something up in no time. Herbs can be planted from seed, but when planting in the midst of summer, it’s best to buy a small plant and pop it straight into the garden bed or pot. The best herbs to plant in summer are:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage


Nothing tastes better than home grown veggies! And with a little TLC and a lot of water, you can save money at the supermarket when autumn rolls around and all of your veggies start growing.

Plants to grow from seed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Beans
  • Okra (ladyfinger)
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Silverbeet
  • Radish

Plants to grow from small plants:

  • Chillis
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery


Watermelon is the taste of summer, one might say. So who wouldn’t want to grow it in their own garden? Both rockmelon and watermelon can be planted in the middle of summer, however they must be planted as small plants to ensure they can grow fast enough to harvest fruit before autumn arrives.


A garden just isn’t complete without a few beautiful flowers, is it? These flowers are some of the best to get started in the heat of summer, that won’t die off easily.

  • Zinnias should be grown from seed as they don’t like to be transplanted. They grow very quickly and flower often, making them a pretty addition to your garden all year round.
  • Cosmos tolerate warm dry weather very well and, unlike zinnias, can be planted from seed or transplanted as small plants. Cosmos flower at the end of summer and right into autumn, so you’ll have a hardy plant with beautiful flowers as the summer blooms begin to fade.
  • Sunflowers are best planted with seeds directly into the garden bed. They’re drought and heat resistant, and produce huge, gorgeous flowers. They need deep, but loosely compacted soil as their roots can grow quite long.
  • Pig Face is a stunning succulent vine that flowers vibrantly coloured flowers all through the winter. As a succulent, Pig Face is very drought resistant, requiring very little care and maintenance to thrive.

Summertime is the perfect time to get started on your garden, to spend some time outdoors and ensure you have a crop of fruit, veggies, herbs and stunning flowers for the months ahead. You not only save yourself money on the groceries, but you work to help the environment – all while enjoying the satisfaction of growing your own plants. Here’s to a great garden in 2016!

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