Colour­ful peren­nial a re­peat bloomer

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates. with Angie Thomas

SENETTI (Per­i­cal­lis hy­brids) are up­right peren­ni­als that grow to about 30–40cm tall and come in a num­ber of beau­ti­ful colours.

Baby Ma­genta Bi­colour has bright mauve pink petals with a white ring around the cen­tre and Baby Blue has vivid blue-mauve flow­ers.

Senetti are pro­lific flow­er­ers and can be cov­ered in as many as 200 blooms.

Once the flow­ers have faded, trim the plant back to half its height and in about six weeks it will be cov­ered in flow­ers again.

They can grow singly or spec­tac­u­larly en masse in gar­den beds and they make a fab­u­lous con­tainer plant.

They do best in full sun and like con­sis­tent light mois­ture. To pro­mote healthy plants that are smoth­ered in flow­ers, feed reg­u­larly with a fast-act­ing liq­uid fer­tiliser.

Man­darins

Man­darins are in sea­son dur­ing the cooler months, and pro­vide sweet and juicy pre-packed parcels of good­ness.

Im­pe­rial man­darins are the first to ripen, fol­lowed by puffy-skinned and easy-to-peel Em­per­ors. Grow­ing these two dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties at home will give months of de­li­cious fresh man­darins. Dwarf va­ri­eties only grow to around two me­tres tall, so don’t take up much room.

Man­darins also grow suc­cess­fully in pots.

Find a sunny spot that re­ceives at least six hours of sun­shine a day and use a pot that’s at least 40cm in di­am­e­ter and fill it with qual­ity pot­ting mix.

Man­darins, par­tic­u­larly when grown in pots, re­quire lots of nu­tri­ents to pro­mote healthy growth and a great har­vest.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Per­i­cal­lis Senetti can pro­vide much colour in a winter gar­den.

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