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How do you have a better climate for gardening than that provided by Brisbane, Sunshine, Gold Coast?
Brisbane has a mild sub-tropical climate with warm to hot weather most of the year.
Maximum temps hover around 30 degrees C but the gauge has got to 43 degrees!
Highest rainfall is in summer when thunderstorms and occasional floods occur.
Some areas have received 300mm in a 24 hour period but it's more like 100mm for the year. Rains make for humid conditions, spelling the end for dry climate plants.
Winter is the kindest time for southern Queenslanders when the temperature is mild (18 degrees C daytime, 12 degrees C night-time) and the skies clear.
Gardening in the Brisbane is generally easy. Soils are a mixed bag but with some preparation (aeration through ripping), addition of humus material in sandy soils and sand in clay soils, pH adjustment (generally a handful of Maglime fines/m2) and organic sources of fertiliser, gardeners get good results.
We are asked 'when is the best time to plant'? and we answer 'When you feel like it!' There is no holding back until Winter is gone, unless of course you are in a cold pocket. Spring comes the last week of August after tempting us from the middle of that month. And then we are off!
The Brisbane region is a blending of tropical and temperate climates so we get the best of both planting palettes. It's possible to use plants that are commonly found in both Melbourne and Cairns, ends of the continental spectrum. You can grow the riotously lurid tropical foliage plants and dignified cold climate plants (but for design integrity, keep 'em separated').