Autumn sale now on! It’s time for a backyard blitz…

Does your garden need some love and attention? Deep down, you know you need to roll up your sleeves and start digging, but you never have the time – or so you tell yourself.

Well, no more excuses. The Easter weekend is fast approaching, bringing a change of pace with fewer commitments. And what better way to dig, than while snacking on chocolate eggs!

Plus, as an added incentive, our autumn sale starts this week and extends over the Easter weekend, with discounts on plants and fertilisers. And if you spend $100 in store before Easter Saturday, you’ll go into the draw to win a gorgeous hamper valued at $500.

Remember, autumn is the perfect time for planting, with cooler weather and more frequent rain. If you plant now, your plants will have three mild seasons to develop a solid root system before next summer.

So, here are three easy garden projects for the Easter weekend:

  1. Brighten up your garden with vibrant shades of pink, purple, deep red and orange. Choose from colourful sasanquas, salvias, pansies, violas, roses or correa autumn blaze.
  2. Grow your own vegetables for an endless supply of healthy winter meals. Now is the time to plant nutritious cauliflower, kale, snow peas, broad beans, silver beet, lettuce, rainbow beets, garlic and broccoli.
  3. You can’t go wrong with fragrant, versatile herbs. Rosemary, parsley, sage, chives, thyme and coriander do well at this time of year, either in pots or garden beds.

Remember, we’re open throughout Easter, except for Good Friday, so come and meet our expert horticulturalists. They’re always on hand to offer helpful advice about what’s best for your garden.

And while you’re here, try on the new range of Bogs gardening boots in our gift shop. High in comfort and style, these boots will keep you warm and dry throughout the cooler months.

Finally, no visit to Acorn Nursery is complete without a bite to eat at The Oaks Café. As the weather turns, our seasonal menu will feature hearty flavoursome soups – perfect preparation for an autumn backyard blitz.

So, roll up your sleeves and dust off your garden trowel – then step back and admire the results, as you sneak in another chocolate egg. Happy Easter!

Tony’s Tips

  • Help your plants recover from a dry spell by using a wetting agent to ensure the penetration of water. Fertilise to fatten up your plants and use good-quality mulch to retain water.
  • Feed gardenias and citrus to fatten them up for winter. Feed cool climate plants like camellias, azaleas and daphne to encourage them to flower better, for longer.
  • Rejuvenate your lawn. Use a dose of lawn builder with wetting agent;  ideally, also apply some top dressing to the bare patches to fill in the gaps.
  • Compost your autumn leaves – just mix in a little blood and bone, then let nature do its thing.


  • Hellebores (winter rose) are available in many colours, including a new release sparkling shiraz – deep burgundy with a paler edge. Great for winter/ spring colour, in shade under trees.
  • The widest variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials are available in autumn. Try camellias, azaleas, wallflowers and salvias for autumn colour.
  • We have the first luculias for a couple of years, highly prized for their large pink fragrant flowers in mid to late winter. Luculia fragrant cloud is a New Zealand-bred improved variety and an Acorn favourite.
  • Cyclamen love the colder weather and can be planted outside. They’re ideal in terracotta pots (for the chill) or indoors with regular night-time sojourns outside, once the heaters come on.