SHOP WIN­DOW

Don’t miss these win­ter stars ar­riv­ing in gar­den cen­tres for the new plant­ing sea­son

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Win­ter plant­ing

SIM­PLY SPRING

Noth­ing says spring more than a flow­er­ing cherry tree in full bloom. Flow­er­ing cherry va­ri­eties break into colour as early as July or Au­gust. As well as the vast ar­ray of flow­er­ing cher­ries, there are flow­er­ing crabap­ples, mag­no­lias and fruit trees all bloom­ing in early spring and ready for plant­ing over the win­ter months.

TULIP TIME

There’s still time to plant tulips, hy­acinths, daf­fodils and other spring flow­er­ing bulbs. For max­i­mum im­pact plant them in gen­er­ous group­ings or close to­gether in large pots.

COLOUR POPS

Cheap and cheer­ful win­ter flow­ers such as pan­sies and polyan­thus are fan­tas­tic for pots and will bloom right through till spring, all the bet­ter if you feed them and trim spent blooms. Sow seed, or plant seedlings (avail­able in pun­nets, six packs or as in­stant ‘pot­ted colour’) now.

HOME HARVESTS

Why not turn your back yard into a food for­est? With ju­di­cious choice of fruit tree va­ri­eties you can plan to have fruit for pick­ing al­most all year round. Win­ter is the time to plant de­cid­u­ous fruit trees such as ap­ples, pears, peaches, apri­cots and plums. More about fruit trees on page 16.

COLOURS OF AFRICA

Beau­ti­ful South African pro­teas and Leu­ca­den­drons bring colour to the gar­den dur­ing win­ter and spring. These spec­tac­u­lar shrubs are won­der­ful for pick­ing and of­fer a choice of growth habits from dwarf to tall. Also from Africa, the Aloes pro­vide mag­nif­i­cent win­ter colour for frost free gar­dens.

CUL­TI­VAT­ING RO­MANCE

Win­ter is the tra­di­tional plant­ing time for the flow­ers of love. Pre­pare your ground and de­cide on your favourite roses so you’ll be ready for plant­ing when the new sea­son’s sup­ply of freshly grown rose bushes ar­rive in gar­den cen­tres around Queen’s Birth­day week­end. More about roses on page 23.

VASE QUEENS

Lily bulbs planted into well drained soil or a large con­tainer in win­ter will give you beau­ti­ful flow­ers for many sum­mers to come. Look out for the mouth­wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of colour­ful and fra­grant va­ri­eties which ar­rive in gar­den cen­tres in May.

POPPY LOVE

Ice­land pop­pies and Shirley pop­pies bloom in win­ter and early spring. Their translu­cent silken flow­ers sit atop slen­der stems and they are among the most pic­turesque of vase flow­ers. Seed and seedlings are avail­able for plant­ing now.

WIN­TER STAPLE

Win­ter is a great time to choose and plant camel­lias, while you can see them in bloom. You can de­pend on these ev­er­last­ing ev­er­green shrubs to bring flow­ers to your gar­den ev­ery year in au­tumn, win­ter or spring. Choose from the huge range of va­ri­eties to suit your needs. There are camel­lias for pots and those that can be trained as hedges, wall plants or small trees.

CLIPPABLE

In win­ter when trees lose their leaves and flow­ers sub­side, shapely ev­er­green shrubs are worth their weight in gold. The clean cut shapes of hedges and top­i­aries add char­ac­ter and charm in the stark­ness of win­ter. New Westringia ‘Blue Gem’ is one of many com­pact shrubs ready for win­ter plant­ing.

BERRIES BY CHRIST­MAS

Straw­berry plants are avail­able for plant­ing from mid win­ter. Con­sider plant­ing a range of va­ri­eties to give you fruit from spring till au­tumn. They are among the best fruits to grow in small gar­dens or con­tain­ers, but be sure to feed them well.

Ja­panese cherry blos­som (Prunus × ye­doen­sis) with tulips and blue vi­o­las in early Septem­ber.

Ap­ple trees in bloom

Aloe

Leu­ca­den­dron

Ice­land pop­pies

‘Wil­liam Shake­speare’

‘Graham Thomas’

Camel­lia ‘Bon­sai Baby’

Westringia ‘Blue Gem’

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