Autumn North Lakes Planting Guide

Feb 22, 2019

Summer is nearly over, which means it’s time to get your hands dirty and start planning your home garden for the Autumn months with the help of a handy planting guide!

North Lakes is located in a subtropical climate, along with the rest of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. It pays to do your research and plant the correct varieties of herbs and vegetables to suit your environment.

As the weather starts to cool down, lamb roast with rosemary and parsley-topped soups will soon be back on the menu. And now is the perfect time to plant these harden-fresh herbs, along with vegetable staples like lettuce, onion, broccoli and shallots.

Here’s a simple planting guide on what herbs and what vegetables to plant now, to help you get your garden into shape for Autumn.


  • Chervil (sometimes known as French parsley or garden chervil)
  • Chicory
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Garlic bulbs
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rocket
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Winter tarragon
  • Yarrow

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Turnip

Healthy, happy plants - Soil and planting guide

  • Herbs love well-drained soil – build up garden beds with plenty of compost and fertilisers, especially if your existing ground is particularly rocky or contains clay
  • Keep herbs sufficiently mulched. Organic cover such as straw, hay, grass clippings and bark are perfect to insulate soil from both the hot and cold. It helps to reduce water loss, deter the growth of weeds, and will break down slowly, adding to the nutrients in the soil
  • If you think your plants are nutrient deficient, there are products you can buy to bolster phosphorous and nitrogen levels. Check in store at your local nursery or hardware store for advice
  • Some herbs and vegetables prefer full sun, while others thrive in the shade, so be sure to check which is best when you buy your plants
  • All those leafy greens can look pretty appetising for garden-variety bugs and slugs. If you are after a natural deterrent, try chilli and garlic mixed with water. Use a spray bottle to apply on the top and underside of leaves, and make sure you rinse thoroughly with clean water before eating.

Where to find out more

Do you want more tips on Brisbane gardening, best plants for full sun, or expert advice on a planting guide? Why not go straight to the source and visit one of the many nurseries or garden centres in North Lakes.

Check out our handy online business directory where you can find local plant nurseries, landscaping and mowing services, and hardware and building supplies.

- Seasonal planting guide information sourced from About the Garden and Bunnings.