Joy in new colour
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.