Hip­peas­trums are ideal sur­prises

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - WILL WATER­FORD

Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

I AM re-do­ing a gar­den bed that had petu­nias, marigolds etc in it for a while and I am now go­ing to plant a va­ri­ety of gera­ni­ums.

It is go­ing to be very full and densely planted when fin­ished, but I am go­ing to put in a few sur­prise plants as well.

Sur­prise plants are those that just sit there most of the year and pop up a flower above the rest of the plants, giv­ing the look that it is not sup­posed to be in there. Hip­peas­trums are an ideal plant for this. When you do plant­ing like this, you need to choose a plant that re­quires the same con­di­tions for both of them to grow. Gera­ni­ums and hip­peas­trums both like a soil that has been dug over well and has added nu­tri­tion, such as Ac­tive 8, some Flower Blend rock min­er­als and a lit­tle bit of ex­tra po­tash to keep them flow­er­ing.

Hip­peas­trums can also look great when mass planted and as a bor­der plant with the flower stem stand­ing straight up mak­ing a huge state­ment.

When plant­ing your hip­peas­trums have the bulb just un­der the ground, with the green grow­ing tip show­ing, and wa­ter in with some sea­weed fer­tiliser.

Hip­peas­trums re­ally make a spec­tac­u­lar show in pots as well. Use a pot­ting mix that has a long last­ing fer­tiliser such as Peat 80 Plat­inum.

I found a great va­ri­ety of plants at the hip­peas­trum farm on Kiel Moun­tain Rd, Woom­bye with heaps al­ready flow­er­ing, well worth a look.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DAZ­ZLING: Hip­peas­trums.

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