Autumn Planting Guide & Garden Tasks

Autumn Planting Guide & Garden Tasks

I can't believe we are already one month into Autumn (although the weather at the moment still seems like Summer!) Autumn is a wonderful time to start planting in your garden, and getting a few of those pre-winter tasks organised.

Autumn is a wonderful time to get busy in the garden, with warm soil still lingering from the heat of summer, but with the moisture that the cooler weather brings. Along with a variety of winter vegetables, it is a great time to get trees and shrubs planted (although you do need to be mindful of frost tolerance if this is an issue in your area).

There are plenty of vegetables and flowers that thrive during this season. Now, while I am based in South Australia with our Mediterranean climate, these are also good options for the southern half of the country - from southern WA, New South Wales and Victoria.

Here are some vegetables ideal for planting in Autumn:

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

While your vegetables are still getting established using Vegetable Name Stakes is a convenient way to keep track of where you have planted things.


  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Tulips
  • Violas
  • Jonquils
  • Pansies
  • Primulas

Autumn is also an ideal time to get started on your garden preparation before winter. You can start by pruning back summer-flowering shrubs and trees, remove any dead leaves and debris from garden beds, add compost to the soil to prepare it for winter and get those spring flowering bulbs planted.

With the cooler weather, and beauty in the changing colour of the leaves, autumn is a wonderful time to spend in the garden - whether that is ticking things off your to-do list, or just relaxing and spending time with family. 

What are you going to focus on this season?