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Your guide to what to plant in Perth

We’re fortunate that Perth’s warm, sunny climate means we can grow a variety of fruit, vegetables, and herbs all throughout the year.

Even so, it’s important we pay attention to changing weather and soil conditions when choosing what to plant in our gardens.

Find out what to plant in Perth in:

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Spring

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Summer

Perth summers are typically hot, dry, and sunny so anything you plant at this time of year will need to be suited to our warm weather. Depending on what you’re planting, you may need to choose planting locations with partial shade or put-up shade cloths to protect plants from the sun.

Summer is a great time to plant tomatoes in Perth. Tomato plants grow well in the heat and can produce large quantities of tomatoes that can be enjoyed in salads, sauces, pizzas, and more. Eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, and capsicum plants also grow well in the Perth summer and are great choices to have in your garden at this time of year.

Basil, coriander, and mint are some easy herbs to grow if you’re looking to add some fresh flavours to your salads and barbecues.

Finally, it wouldn’t be an Australian summer without watermelon, and summer is also a great time to plant watermelons in Perth. Watermelon plants love the sun but need to be well-watered throughout the warmer months of Perth’s summer.

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Autumn

Perth’s weather starts to cool off in autumn, making it a great time to plant root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beetroot, and turnips), brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts), and alliums (leeks, onions, and garlic) in Perth.

Garlic will take about eight months to grow and mature. You can plant garlic bulbs in Perth around April and expect to harvest the bulbs in the summer months.

Perth’s autumn is also a good time to plant vegetables like peas and broad beans, and a variety of leafy greens, like lettuce, spinach, rocket, and kale. These greens do well in autumn’s cooler weather and continue to grow well in winter.

While potatoes can be planted throughout the year in Perth, they grow best in the cooler weather of autumn and spring. Potatoes should be planted about 20 centimetres below the soil and can be harvested between three to five months after plant foliage has appeared and died down.

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Winter

Perth’s winters are cooler and wetter than other seasons. As a result, you’ll need to be conscious of only planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs that can handle cooler temperatures and shorter days.

Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, and beetroot can all be planted in winter in Perth. These vegetables will grow slowly during Perth’s colder winter months and be ready to harvest in spring.

Similarly, leeks, onions, and garlic will establish their roots during winter and be ready to harvest in spring or summer.

Brassicas and many leafy greens will continue to grow well throughout winter. Peas and broad beans can also be planted but may need to be protected from potential frosts with cloths or covers.

Herbs such as coriander, parsley, and thyme, are hardy and can tolerate the cooler winter temperatures well.

Winter is a good time to plant apple and pear trees in Perth. These trees will need to be planted in sunny, well-drained locations, and given plenty of water and fertiliser to help them establish strong roots.

Winter is also a great time to plant strawberries in Perth, so the plants will be ready to start flowering and fruit in spring.

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Spring

Spring in Perth sees the return of longer days and warmer weather.

This makes spring a great time to start planting warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, zucchini, cucumbers, beans, and corn.

On the herb front, you can try planting basil, coriander, parsley, mint, and dill.

For leafy greens, try planting rocket, lettuce, and spinach. These plants can handle the warmer temperatures of spring and will provide great harvests for your spring salads.

Spring is also a great time to plant passionfruit vines in your garden. Passionfruit vines need to climb, so you’ll have to set them up with a decent support structure to help them to grow.

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We hope you enjoy your time in the garden! Don’t forget to download our full Perth Planting Guide.

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