planting your winter garden

With summer finally behind us, it’s time to look forward to the cooler weather ahead. While that promises welcome relief from the heat, it also means taking a different tack in the garden as many of the flowers, plants and shrubs in Australian yards thrive in the warmth of spring and summer.

Luckily there are many varieties of flowers and shrubs that come into their own in the winter months, guaranteed to add colour and interest to your investment property. So, there’s no need to let your garden go into hibernation mode, especially if you want your property to look its best!

If you’re contemplating a winter sale now the market is stabilising or looking to spruce up the street appeal of your rental property to attract better quality tenants, now’s the time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for winter.

To get you started, here’s a handy list of winter-loving flowers and shrubs that will inject some much-needed life into your garden this winter.

Flowering Favourites

Pansies are annuals featuring colourful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favourite, pansies are great for your winter garden as they are hardy, cold and frost tolerant. They add colour to pots, they make a bright border for your winter garden and can even be used as a ground cover.

Delphiniums are known for their showy spikes of colourful flowers in stunning shades of blue, pink, white, and purple. Popular in cottage-style gardens, they come into their own in the cooler months as they don’t tolerate heat very well. Delphiniums add height and interest to any flowering garden.

Lobelias are an easy-to-grow, carefree plant that enjoys cool weather. Characterised by their striking violet-blue flowers, lobelias are great for borders, for brightening up water features and ponds, as a ground cover and when showcased in pots and hanging baskets.

Sweet William is a popular ornamental plant that thrives in winter. Boasting delicate flowers in various shades of pink, purple, white and magenta, sweet williams are native to southern Europe and used to a colder climate. They make a charming cottage style border for any garden.

Nemesia is a small bedding plant that looks lovely as a border, ground cover or in a container or hanging basket. Nemesia boasts a wide range of flower hues, from purple, pink, blue through to white. Preferring cooler temperatures, Nemesias can be grown as winter annuals in frost-free areas.

Showy Shrubs

Grevilleas are natives that bloom almost all year round. Variants such as “Ember Glow” and “Fanfair” bring winter gardens to life with their rich, red flowers. Easy to look after and cold tolerant, grevilleas are the perfect backdrop to showcase your garden’s winter colour.

Wattles are wonderful shrubs that are quick growing and attractive to the local birdlife. Their striking golden flowers introduce glorious colour in the cooler months, playing off perfectly against the grey-green foliage. One of our most loved natives, wattles are a great choice for your winter garden.

Camellias are evergreen, hardy and frost tolerant, making them the perfect shrub for winter. Flowering from late winter through to spring, camellias add much-needed colour and interest to every garden, featuring blooms in every imaginable colour. Ideal for screening, hedging and large containers.

Lavender are evergreen shrubs known for their strong fragrance and leaves full of aromatic oils. Perfect for hedges and borders, lavender’s grey-green foliage is attractive all year round, especially when their distinctive purple, pink or cream oval-shaped blooms emerge.

Winter Hazel is a spreading shrub with clusters of bell-shaped soft yellow flowers that emerge in late winter and early spring. Winter Hazel’s foliage is also stunning, starting out with a soft pink tinge before turning green then yellow as the leaves mature through summer and autumn.

Are you considering a winter sale? The property experts at Vision Property & Finance can guide you in maximising the return on your property and securing a quick sale, positioning you for success in 2020 and beyond. Contact our Sydney office on 02 8354 3000, talk to our Newcastle office on 02 4014 1999 or get in touch with us here

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