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What to plant in April

By Sarah Doolan

Wondering what to plant in April? We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive guide to what flower and vegetables to plant now in Australia, according to your climate zone. If you’re not sure about your zone, ask at your local nursery which one best matches your conditions.

What flowers to plant now

All zones


  • Cineraria
  • Cornflower
  • Delphinium
  • Pansy
  • Poppy
  • Primula
  • Statice
  • Stock
  • Sweet pea (top)
  • Viola
Zones 1-3


  • Aquilegia
  • Calendula
  • Erigeron
  • Helichrysum
  • Hollyhock
  • Nemesia
  • Nigella
  • Petunia

Zones 4-6


  • Alyssum
  • Lobelia
  • Penstemon
  • Phlox
  • Snapdragon
  • Wallflower

What vegetables to plant now

All zones

Broad beans

  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Spinach

Zones 1-3


  • Artichoke (Jerusalem, glove)
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Potato
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Zones 4-6


  • Asparagus (crowns)
  • Parsnip

What should I do in my garden in April?

  • Prepare soil for planting bare-root deciduous trees during winter by mixing in organic matter and ensuring soil drains well.
  • Give hedges a last shaping trim before winter.
  • Plant climbers such as bougainvillea and mandevilla in tropical and sub-tropical gardens.
  • Clean algae from paths and steps to prevent accidental slips in winter.
  • Clean up fruit trees and destroy any rotting fruit.
  • Prepare spots for planting bare root roses.
  • Plant broad beans into unused vegetable beds to be dug in when mature as a green manure crop.
  • Cut back perennials such as sedums, gaurus and asters that are looking unruly following summer-autumn flowering.


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