Chance to plant and prune

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gar­den­ing -

the bush. The other trick is to prune out older canes in pref­er­ence to younger canes.

Fin­ish off by strip­ping any re­main­ing leaves and spray­ing with lime sul­phur, to help con­trol mites, aphids and fun­gal spores.

Japon­ica va­ri­eties are the most hand­some of the camel­lias with ex­quis­ite flow­ers and broad, glossy fo­liage. They are slow grow­ing with dense, bushy habits, even­tu­ally reach­ing 2-3m high.

The japon­i­cas are less tol­er­ant to full sun and pre­fer po­si­tions where cross with ma­roon-red skin, white flesh and a unique, plummy af­ter-taste.

Spicezee also has at­trac­tive, red-bur­gundy spring­time fo­liage, mak­ing it a bit of an all-rounder.

Black English mul­ber­ries al­ways seem to sell out quickly. And what child­hood would be com­plete with­out climb­ing a back­yard mul­berry tree and feast­ing on its de­li­cious fruit?

Grapes are one of the most re­ward­ing fruits to grow in Perth, thriv­ing in our Mediter­ranean cli­mate.

Plant them on north-fac­ing per­go­las and en­joy sum­mer fruit and wel­come shade, then au­tumn fo­liage colours and fall­ing leaves, al­low­ing the warm­ing win­ter sun to stream in.

Or if you’re looking for fruit trees, try peach crim­son rocket with its nar­row and up­right habit to just 2m tall. It has sweet, juicy, red crushed fruit, ideal for grow­ing in pots or nar­row spots.


New sea­son’s fruit trees ar­rive mid-late June.


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