Ideal con­di­tions to in­dulge in­fi­nite va­ri­ety of spring

Pilbara News - - Property - Sab­rina Hahn

After all the beau­ti­ful rain we have had lately it is won­der­ful to feel the warmth of the sun and watch the gar­den be­gin to pop with fresh green shoots.

For peo­ple who are plant crazy, the nurs­eries will re­lease new va­ri­eties of na­tives, or­na­men­tals and fruit trees and a huge range of ve­g­ies. Here are some of my favourite spring plants.

SWEET PEAS

Sweet peas are the most cheerful and won­der­ful an­nu­als that de­serve a place in the gar­den every year. If you choose a va­ri­ety of long-day and short-day plants you can have flow­ers for around nine months of the year.

POP­PIES

What is spring with­out pop­pies? They come up ev­ery­where — ne­glected laneways, road­sides, in paving and un­likely spots in the gar­den. They re­gen­er­ate eas­ily from seed and need no at­ten­tion.

Shirley, An­gels, Cal­i­for­nian, Flan­ders and Ori­en­tal pop­pies are read­ily avail­able in seed, so mix them all to­gether and throw them around the gar­den to get a field meadow ef­fect.

CORN­FLOW­ERS

There is no bet­ter blue than corn­flow­ers. I plant them among ve­g­ies be­cause they at­tract so many bees. Corn­flow­ers last for at least three weeks in a vase and look fab­u­lous with pop­pies and sweet peas. They will self seed.

EV­ER­LAST­INGS

If you want to see spec­tac­u­lar ev­er­last­ings en masse, visit Kings Park this month for the an­nual fes­ti­val. It’s great to see many more verges planted out with ev­er­last­ings colour­ing up even the plainest streets. Wild­flow­ers this year will also be spec­tac­u­lar in the bush so head out on dirt roads and see our flora at its best.

BAM­BINO BOUGAINVIL­LEA

A great per­form­ing small climber that packs a big punch. Bam­bino bougainvil­leas come in a va­ri­ety of colours, are eas­ily con­tained and cope well in heat­waves. Be care­ful when re­pot­ting them as they have a very sen­si­tive root sys­tem and if it’s da­m­aged they can take months to re­cover.

ALLAMANDA SP.

There has been an in­crease in the num­ber of allamanda climbers in nurs­eries over the past five years. They have large trum­pet flow­ers in bur­gundy or but­ter­cup yel­low and flower for months. They are a trop­i­cal climber but do well in pots where you can move them to the warm­est spot in the gar­den.

MANDEVILLA SUN PARA­SOL

Sun Para­sol is one of the most pro­lific flow­er­ing climbers for pots that suit a semi-shaded area on a ve­randa or pa­tio. The range of colours is white, pink, cerise, red and deep bur­gundy.

STEPHANOTIS FLORI­BUNDA

This beau­ti­fully per­fumed climber is an old favourite. It has deep green leath­ery leaves and pure white star-shaped fra­grant flow­ers that brides seem to want in their wed­ding posies.

Bam­bino bougainvil­leas come in a va­ri­ety of colours.

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