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What to plant in May

By Sarah Doolan

With winter almost underway, it’s time to ease up on the big jobs and do a bit of planting and prep instead. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a thriving garden during the cooler months, here’s our list of everything to plant in your garden this May.

Ask at your local nursery which zone best matches your conditions or get the key to climate zones here.


All zones 

  • Agertaum
  • Cineraria
  • Cornflower
  • Geranium
  • Impatiens
  • Pansy
  • Poppy
  • Primula and salvia

Zones 1-3

  • Aster
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cosmos
  • Dahlia
  • Gerbera
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Petunia
  • Portulaca
  • Zinnia

Zones 4-6

  • Alyssum
  • Begonia
  • Erigeron
  • Foxglove
  • Gazania
  • Nemesia
  • Polyathus


All zones

  • Asparagus
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Turnip

Zone 1-3

  • Artichoke (globe and Jerusalem)
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Capiscum
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Zone 4-6

  • Peas
  • Snow peas


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