Joy in new colour

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - By TIM PARKER

EACH spring seems to bring some­thing new to the gar­den and 2015 is no ex­cep­tion.

Where a quick-grow­ing shrub is re­quired, Aussie Pink might be an­swer.

It’s a hardy, fast-grow­ing Na­tive Hi­bis­cus that will colour your gar­den through spring and sum­mer with its pro­lific dis­play of pink flow­ers.

Aussie Pink is drought tol­er­ant once es­tab­lished and a good choice for coastal con­di­tions.

Give it a prune af­ter flow­er­ing to main­tain its bushi­ness and vigour.

Blue Eyed Beauty is a sassy new take on the old re­li­able Os­teosper­mum daisy.

What sets it apart is its knock­out colour­ing from masses of ca­nary yel­low daisies with vi­o­let blue eyes.

This sun-lover has a mounded, spread­ing habit and will be an ideal ad­di­tion to pots, bas­kets and flower beds.

Roses are burst­ing out of the blocks, with lush new sea­son’s growth and de­vel­op­ing buds.

Pre­ven­ta­tive spray­ing to con­trol fun­gal de­vel­op­ment will keep them healthy.

Spray fort­nightly un­til late Oc­to­ber when the warmer, drier weather pat­tern starts to kick in.

Use­ful prod­ucts in­clude Rose Shield (pro­duced by Yates) which re­ally is an all-in-one rose doc­tor, con­trol­ling all the ma­jor rose dis­eases as well as aphids and two spot­ted mites.

Another good op­tion is Eco Fungi­cide, used in con­junc­tion with Eco oil.

Te­quila Tiger is a won­der­ful new “tiger striped” rose with ex­otic blooms of blended le­mon and gold, heav­ily striped and splashed with candy pinks and near reds.

It’s some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent and grows to about 120cm in height.

Not nearly as new, but just as fan­tas­tic, is Fiona’s Wish.

This is a near-per­fect hy­brid tea rose, with mag­nif­i­cent high pointed cherry-red blooms, high­lighted with a creamy am­ber re­verse and fin­ished with a strong sweet fra­grance.

While many lo­cals will be hop­ing for a “pur­ple haze” this Septem­ber, the best way for your gar­den to achieve this is to plant a Cean­othus Blue Pa­cific.

This Cal­i­for­nian na­tive def­i­nitely has wow fac­tor.

In mid to late spring it will daz­zle you with its in­cred­i­ble sprays of elec­tric blue flow­ers.

Blue Pa­cific is a hardy, spread­ing rounded shrub to small tree, grow­ing to 2-3m high and wide.

The tough, leath­ery fo­liage gives the plant rea­son­able drought tol­er­ance once es­tab­lished.

It needs a prune af­ter flow­er­ing each year to main­tain form and vigour, but ma­ture plants shouldn’t be cut back by more than about 10cm as they won’t re­cover if cut back too far into older wood.

Blue Eyed

Beauty .

Blue Pa­cific.

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