GAR­DEN TIPS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODGARDENS -

Lo­belia can be grown year round in con­tain­ers and hang­ing bas­kets, and as an edg­ing to bor­ders. Grow in sun or semi-shade, in com­posted soil with good drainage.

Cut back spray-type chrysan­the­mums now, fol­lowed by a sec­ond pinch­ing back next month to en­cour­age bushi­ness and more flow­ers.

Grow Kei ap­ple ( Dovyalis caf­fra) on bound­aries to pro­vide an impe- ne­tra­ble bar­rier. This in­dige­nous dense shrub has spines and ed­i­ble fruit that is rich in Vi­ta­min C.

Day lilies ( He­me­ro­cal­lis spp) are hardy and easy to grow. They can be massed in the land­scape, planted in a bor­der or grown in pots, with smaller va­ri­eties suit­able for edg­ing bor­ders. New hy­brids have been bred to ex­tend the flow­er­ing sea­son.

At­tract birds to your gar­den by grow­ing or­ange and red flow­ers, colours found in aloe, bot­tle­brush, red hot poker, protea, Stre­litzia regi­nae and Cape honey­suckle.

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