Gardening in Melbourne can be an interesting exercise from a weather perspective, so there are a few factors to consider when buying plants online.
Melbourne city has a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild spring and autumn and cool winters.
Average temperature in Summer is 25 degrees C and 14 degrees C in Winter but the weather can be variable in a short time period.
Spring doesn't really start until late September as opposed to late August in say Brisbane and starts to cool down in late March. Comfortable gardening can be restricted to those six months but hardier souls can extend the outdoors time for an additional month either side. The temperature is much more benign that what our northern hemisphere friends endure!
Rainfall is half what Sydney receives (600mm); the wettest month is October just as Spring has arrived.
The balance of Victoria has markedly different climates from the hot dry regions of the northwest to the alpine snowfields of the northeast.
Landscaping revolves around two strong directions; the use of native plant species and the use of Asian/Nth American species. The first style predominates in public spaces where authenticity of plant origin is upheld. The second style is often found in residential lots and includes the use of Camellia, Azalea, Buxus, Nandina, Abelia, Hydrangea, Conifers, Photinia and Viburnum.
It is important to understand that there is considerable variation in microclimates within each area of Australia and this governs what can be grow easily and what will be a struggle to maintain. High rainfall and humidity can quickly affect your ambitions for the garden. The ocean will moderate temperatures but also bring salt laden winds that affect plant growth.
Gardening is often experimentation; look around to see what is growing well in your area and ask advice from our qualified horticulturists on our live chat.