Canning Times - - OPINION -

EVOK­ING sun­drenched hol­i­days and is­land ro­mance, the frangi­pani brings a stun­ning trop­i­cal touch to any gar­den or court­yard.

Avail­able in 300 dif­fer­ent flower colours in Aus­tralia from your clas­sic white to vi­brant peach – even li­lac – there’s a colour for you.

What’s more, frangipanis are easy to grow and main­tain and pro­vide shade in the sum­mer and let the light through in the win­ter.

Garry Hed­ley from Pi­o­neer Gar­dens Nurs­ery, Can­ning Vale, shares his tips on grow­ing th­ese beau­ties.

■ The ideal grow­ing po­si­tion is a full sun spot in the gar­den. ■ Af­ter plant­ing, wa­ter in well with a sea­weed based prod­uct such as Sea­sol to give them a boost and stim­u­late new root growth. ■ Wa­ter reg­u­larly for the first year un­til well es­tab­lished and then oc­ca­sional wa­ter­ing will be suf­fi­cient. Flower colour can be in­ten­si­fied by re­duced wa­ter­ing.

The most com­mon mis­take peo­ple make with frangipanis is giv­ing them too much wa­ter af­ter they have been es­tab­lished. Over­wa­ter­ing will cause them to rot. ■ A good layer of mulch around the frangi­pani tree will con­serve mois­ture and pro­tect the roots.

Fer­tilise three to four times a year. ■ In a cooler cli­mate, your frangi­pani will need spe­cial at­ten­tion. Plant against a north fac­ing wall to max­imise the ef­fects of win­ter sun­shi ne, mulch well with a dark coloured mulch to ab­sorb the heat.

White and yel­low – a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion for any gar­den.

Pretty in pink – just one of a myr­iad of colours the frangi­pani dis­plays.

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