New varieties hitting shops in spring
In the diascia range, look out for Diascia Orange and Diascia Coral
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.oderings.co.nz
New diascia available.