Winter Gardening Guide

Winter is nature’s resting time and a period of dormancy for many plants in the garden. However, for the keen gardener, there are many jobs to be done in the garden. Winter is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. Roses and fruit trees have arrived along with new seasons ornamental deciduous trees.


Now is the best time to plant bare rooted roses. We have hundreds of varieties to choose from - see our latest catalogue online for our full range. When planting your roses ensure that they are pruned to an outward pointing bud and any small or weak stems are removed. It is advisable to add some Chandlers Organic Compost and rose fertiliser to the soil and mix well just prior to planting. A lime sulphur spray in winter will help protect them against fungal diseases that may appear in the spring.

Veggie Garden

There is still plenty to do in the vegetable garden at this time of year. Seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale can all still be planted along with winter spinach, silverbeet, lettuce, peas and broad beans. Seeds of onions can be sown directly into garden beds. Snow peas, peas and broad beans can all be directly sown. Certified seed potatoes have also arrived. We stock a vast number of popular varieties. Seed potatoes can be planted now in frost free areas or purchased or stored until frosts have passed.

Rhubarb and asparagus crowns are in their dormant state and ready to be planted through winter but get in early before stock runs out. Several varieties of garlic cloves can also still be planted. Green manure crops can still be planted in preparation for spring planting. Manure and compost can be dug into vacant beds in preparation for spring. Lime can also be applied to vegetable gardens if needed. If you are not sure of the PH of your soil we have testing kits available that are simple and easy to use.

Ornamental Garden

New seasons bare rooted deciduous trees arrive in June so it’s the perfect time to add some foliage colour or spring blossom to your garden. Please see our catalogue online for our full range.

Many varieties of camellia and azalea commence flowering in winter and is the  time to plant as new seasons stock arrives. Rhododendrons will commence flowering from mid-winter and there are plenty of varieties to choose from. When planting camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons add some camellia and azalea food and mix Chandlers Organic compost through the soil.

The flower garden can still look inviting and colourful in winter. Instant colour can be added to garden beds by using our potted colour pansy, viola and polyanthus. Seedlings can also be planted of cineraria, cyclamen, lobelia, pansy, primula, polyanthus, primrose and viola. These will give colour through winter and spring.


Winter is also a time of maintenance in the garden. Fruit trees and roses should be pruned during this period. If you are unsure on pruning, it would be best to come and see us and we can give advice on how best to do it.

Some fruit trees are prone to pest and diseases. Preventative sprays can be applied in winter, whilst dormant. Click here to view our fruit tree spray program.

Roses are also susceptible to an array of pests and diseases. Spraying in winter can assist preventing outbreak in spring and summer. Click here to view our rose spray program.