TOUCH OF TROPICS
FRANGIPANIS EASY TO GROW, MAINTAIN
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.