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Brisbane Gardening in the Subtropics

Gardening in Brisbane has never been so easy. Plants for Brisbane are diverse ranging from exquisite natives to exotic looking non-natives.

Brisbane is located in a subtropical climate within South East Queensland. Living in Brisbane provides the perfect climate to enjoy parks year round and grow plants other gardeners would be jealous of. The gardening lifestyle yields rewarding results.

The climate tends to have a hot and humid summer with predominate storms and rainfall in later summer and early autumn. Winter tends to be cool with the occassional zero degrees Celsius (or less) occuring in the 'western suburbs' and nearby Ipswich city. Rainfall in winter is minimal resulting in the fire season associated with winter. Water conservation is important throughout the winter, spring and early summer months for best gardening results. Water restrictions are currently in force in Brisbane.

Brisbane, and the nearby valley, is surrounded by the cooler highland zones of Toowomba, Mt Tamborine, Maleny and the Great Dividing Range. These zones are more warm temperate, with the ability to grow subtropical species and more temperate climate plants.

Brisbane has many public parks and is blessed with Toohey Forest only 10 minutes from the heart of the city. Other national and state parks are only a drive away.

The subtropics is an excellent climate to grow a wide range of plants. Only some Mediterranean plants may survive in the subtropics provided the humid summers are not too severe (as Mediterranean plants prefer a dry summer). It is advised that gardeners in the subtropics grow plants better suited to their conditions.

Sources for suitable gardening content include:

Listen to radio programs such as:

  • Colin Campbell on 4BC (Sat and Sun mornings 7-10am)
  • Annette McFarlane on ABC (Sat morning 6.30- 8am)


written by Paul Plant

For more information, go to subTropical Gardening magazine - www.stgmagazine.com.au


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