New va­ri­eties hit­ting shops in spring

In the di­as­cia range, look out for Di­as­cia Orange and Di­as­cia Co­ral

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

As the weather slowly be­gins to warm , the gar­den cen­tre shelves are groan­ing with new plants. Spring is a time when many new re­leases hit the shops. cou­ple of new­bies in the di­as­cia range are Di­as­cia Orange and Di­as­cia Co­ral. They flower con­sis­tently from late win­ter, through spring and into sum­mer, and again in au­tumn if pruned after flow­er­ing. They can be grown in con­tain­ers, hang­ing bas­kets, or gar­den beds, and be­cause they are self-clean­ing, they make tidy lit­tle plants. Di­as­cias are best planted out in the gar­den after the risk of frosts has past.

Look out for the new Fed­er­a­tion daisies on of­fer too, in­clud­ing Starlight Red, But­ter­ball and Dou­ble Act. Th­ese free-flow­er­ing plants are great for pick­ing, and pro­vid­ing colour over a long sea­son.

Starlight Red has a com­pact habit (60cm x 50cm) and su­per­sized crim­son flow­ers with yel­low cen­tres. It blooms con­tin­u­ously from spring till au­tumn, and is great for gar­den beds or pa­tio pots.

But­ter­ball is a lovely pale yel­low colour with a gold cen­tre. It grows 75cm high and 60cm wide and has the same pro­lific flow­er­ing habit as other Fed­er­a­tion daisies. Then there is ‘Dou­ble Act’, which has un­usual bi-colour flow­ers with bright rose tips that fade to yel­low to­wards the cen­tre.

Fed­er­a­tion daisies grow well in pots or gar­den beds in full sun. Prune them lightly after flow­er­ing and pro­tect from frosts when young.

Like your dianthus? There are two new kids on the block: Dianthus ‘Bright Eyes’ and Dianthus Ro­mance.

Dianthus Bright Eyes has large white dou­ble flow­ers with a bur­gundy eye and a de­li­cious scent. It’s a com­pact plant with a mound­ing habit, grow­ing 40cm high x 50cm wide. It’s ideal for both con­tain­ers and gar­den beds.

Dianthus Ro­mance has an equally de­li­cious spicy per­fume with sal­mon flow­ers that have a darker cen­tre. It’s also great for pick­ing.

If you’re look­ing for some fruit trees for your back­yard, how about the new blue­berry plant, ‘Blue­berry De­light’. It’s an at­trac­tive, vig­or­ous and high yield­ing South­ern High­bush va­ri­ety with medium to large, sweet and spicy flavoured sum­mer fruit with a sky­blue colour. The bright blue-green fo­liage pro­vides a per­fect con­trast to the pink and white spring flow­ers. It yields best when planted with other va­ri­eties and en­joys cool nights.

Or try Blue­berry Rip­ple, which is an up­right to spread­ing, bushy, de­cid­u­ous, North­ern High­bush va­ri­ety. This va­ri­ety has glossy green leaves that turn a lovely red and pur­ple in au­tumn. In spring the plant is cov­ered in pink flow­ers, which are fol­lowed by high yields of large, flavour­some berries. Both th­ese blue­berry plants are avail­able in store at Oder­ings, or on­line at www.oder­

New dianthus.

Fed­er­a­tion daisies.

New di­as­cia avail­able.

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