The Australian summer can be challenging for gardens and green roofs, with extreme conditions, heat waves and lack of water taking a toll on plants. Now more than ever, it is important to adopt a sound management strategy and maintenance plan which accounts for both seasonal change and the holiday period.

Since 1964, the total amount of rain that has fallen in Melbourne in the entire month of December has ranged from 0.8 to 148 millimetres, and for the entire month of January from one to 114 millimetres. Minimum and maximum temperatures in Melbourne for December and January also range widely,…