What to plant in spring

Say goodbye to cold winter days and hello to the sun and warmth of spring. Now is the perfect time to get in the garden and start planting. But what to plant? Our spring planting guide has the answers.

With the weather getting warmer, spring is the perfect time to start planting flowersfruit treesvegetables and herbs. However, what you can grow also depends on the soil conditions and climate where you live. With a climate as diverse as New Zealand's, it's important to know which plants are best suited to your region so that you get the best results in your garden.
 
prepare your soil

Prepare your soil

Before you plant, prepare your soil by digging in compost and manure so your plants have the nutrients they need to grow. Also, make sure the soil is well watered. Then cover your garden beds in a 10cm layer of mulch to help retain the moisture.
SPRING COLOUR

Plant some spring colour

In New Zealand, depending on where you live you may be experiencing different weather conditions to other parts of the country. The following is a list of some of the more popular flowers to plant in spring:

• Petunias 

• Snapdragons

• Marigolds 

• Geraniums  

• Gardenias

• Alyssum 

• Begonias 

• Cosmos 

• Portulacas 

• Impatiens 

• Giant Sunflowers

Spring fruits, vegetables and herbs

Which fruits, vegetables and herbs you can plant and successfully grow in spring will depend on the climate in your region.
oranges

Warm areas

Areas that are frost-free or only have occasional frosts.

Fruits and vegetables: 

• Passionfruit

• Paw paw 

• Avocado

• Banana 

• Citrus

• Macadamia 

• Rocket 

• Silverbeet 

• Spring onion

• Lettuce 

• Zucchini 

• Pumpkin 

• Leek 

• Capsicum 

• Cucumber 

• Eggplant 

• Tomatoes 

 

Herbs: 

• Parsley 

• Sweet basil

• Dill 

• Coriander

• Mint 

• Marjoram

• Catnip 

• Thyme

spinach

Cool to cold areas

Areas where there are low temperatures for long periods of time. This includes parts of the South Island.

Fruits and vegetables: 

• Strawberries 

• Leeks

• Onions

• Parsnip

• Radishes 

• Spinach 

• Sweet corn 

• Beetroot 

• Tomatoes

• Peas 

• Silverbeet

• Lettuce

• Swedes 

• Turnips

• Cucumber

 

Herbs: 

• Basil 

• Chives 

• Coriander 

• Dill 

• Mint 

• Oregano

• Parsley 

• Sage 

• Thyme 

raised garden bed

Temperate zones

Where there are occasional winter frosts, this includes much of the South Island.

Fruit and vegetables:

• Blueberries

• Passionfruit 

• Paw paw 

• Bananas 

• Citrus 

• Olives

• Spring onion

• Artichoke 

• Celery 

• Silverbeet 

• Lettuces 

• Leeks 

• Climbing beans 

• Sweet corn 

• Tomatoes 

• Carrots 

• Radishes

 

Herbs: 

• Chives 

• Parsley 

• Catnip

• Sage 

• Oregano

• Rosemary

• Thyme 

• Marjoram

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