Ideal conditions to indulge infinite variety of spring
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.