New plants make im­pact

Central Otago Mirror - - MOTORING -

What’s new for the month of April? Head to your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre, or jump on­line, to find these brand new plants for the gar­den.

Freesia ‘Gabrielle’ is new for mail or­der com­pany Gar­denPost. This va­ri­ety is grown com­mer­cially for the cut flower mar­ket, its long stems (40cm high) and fra­grant white flow­ers ideal for pick­ing.

An­other strik­ing freesia from Gar­denPost is ‘Fi­garo’, with its bold red, gob­let-shaped, dou­ble flow­ers with bright yel­low throats. It pro­duces a lovely fra­grance, and its large flow­ers and tall stems makes it ideal for pick­ing. Or look out for ‘Striped Pearl’, which pro­duces arch­ing sprays of pearly­white flow­ers that are in­tri­cately etched with pur­ple veins. A cen­tre glow ap­pears as the flow­ers open.

Freesia corms can be planted now for late win­ter/spring blooms. Plant corms 5cm deep and 8-10cm apart in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade.

Bi­dens ‘Tweety’ is a su­perb plant for beds and bas­kets, pro­duc­ing its cheer­ful yel­low blooms from spring through au­tumn. It has a self-clean­ing habit, mean­ing it drops its faded flow­ers, which keeps the plant tidy. It cer­tainly beats dead­head­ing. ‘Tweety’ grows to a height of 30cm and spread of 50cm. Plant in full sun for best re­sults. Look for ‘Tweety’ at your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre.

Gail­lar­dia ‘Yel­low Shield’ is a gran­di­flora hy­brid that pro­duces its true yel­low flow­ers with red cen­tres right through­out sum­mer and au­tumn. Rea­son­ably drought tol­er­ant when es­tab­lished, it grows 30cm high x 30cm wide.

Thal­ic­trum ‘Evening Star’ is a wood­land peren­nial with olive, tan and cop­per to red-pur­ple leaves, each with a cen­tral sil­ver star.

Feath­ery lilac blooms in sum­mer are an added bonus, though the fo­liage on its own is very at­trac­tive for shady spots. ‘Evening Star’ is a dwarf va­ri­ety. It’s avail­able from Parva Plants.

Tulip ‘Fox­trot’ is a gor­geous tulip va­ri­ety with fully dou­ble blooms in many dif­fer­ent shades of pink, from pale hues through to deep rose. The lightly scented cupped flow­ers re­sem­ble peonies. Leave them for a glo­ri­ous dis­play in the gar­den or pick them for the vase. This va­ri­ety flow­ers early to mid sea­son and it’s avail­able from Gar­denPost.

When plant­ing tulip bulbs, plant at least twice the depth of the bulb, in a sunny po­si­tion in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Add slow-re­lease fer­tiliser to the soil when plant­ing.

Shades of pink: Tulip ‘Fox­trot’ is a gor­geous tulip va­ri­ety with fully dou­ble blooms.

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