DE­SIGN

In­tro­duc­ing Dream­e­rias, ul­tra easy blooms bred for mod­ern lifestyles, but with the look and feel of yesteryear.

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New Dream­e­rias

It’s spring! Time to steal a mo­ment of tran­quil­ity as you con­nect with na­ture and get up close and per­sonal with flow­ers that take you back to Grand­mas gar­den.

But there is more than meets the eye to mod­ern ver­sions of our most en­chant­ing plants. Pin­cush­ion plants (Arme­ria), for ex­am­ple, were pop­u­lar peren­ni­als in days gone by, with neatly com­pact fo­liage and cute pom­pom flow­ers. Now these drought, frost and wind tolerant beau­ties are back. But they’re big­ger, brighter, and hardier than ever! Dream­e­rias flower ear­lier and longer through the sea­son than tra­di­tional Arme­ria va­ri­eties thanks to ten years of dedicated plant breed­ing by renowned grow­ers, In­no­vaBred of Mel­bourne.

Dream­e­rias flower for months on end. The mass of per­fect globes is a de­sign­ers de­light when it comes to soft­en­ing hard lines of paving and decks. The first three Dream­e­ria colours to ar­rive in gar­den cen­tres this

spring are ‘Sweet Dreams’ (soft lilac pink), ‘Day­dream’ (clear vi­brant mid pink) and ‘Dream­land’ (warm co­ral pink).

Form­ing at­trac­tive deep green mounds of fo­liage, the larger than nor­mal pom­pom flow­ers are held on sturdy stems so they’ll stand up to the wild in­hab­i­tants of your gar­den (in­clud­ing pets and chil­dren), which makes them ideal for bor­der­ing path­ways or heavy traf­fic ar­eas. And they’re just as happy in con­tem­po­rary pots or planters on the deck, re­quir­ing only an oc­ca­sional deep wa­ter­ing once es­tab­lished. Ideal for coastal gar­dens too, Dream­e­rias are a prac­ti­cal op­tion for dress­ing up a sea­side gar­den. Dream gar­dens don’t need to be a night­mare to main­tain!

ABOVE: Dream­e­ria 'Day­dream' cre­ates a cute edg­ing plant to soften stone land­scap­ing. BE­LOW, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: New Dream­e­rias 'Dream­land', 'Day­dream' and 'Sweet Dreams' in pretty tones of pink work well grouped in at­trac­tive ce­ramic pots on a deck (op­po­site).

For more in­for­ma­tion on Dream­e­rias go to www.liv­ing­fash­ion.co.nz and look for new re­leases.

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