Gar­den tips

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD PASTIMES -

● Make your gar­den more wa­ter­wise this year. Bul­bine is an in­dige­nous wa­ter­wise plant with or­ange and yel­low flow­ers and thin suc­cu­lent leaves that makes an at­trac­tive ground­cover. The juice from the fleshy leaves re­lieves in­sect bites and stings.

● The wild iris, Di­etes gran­di­flora, pro­duces white flow­ers with yel­low and li­lac mark­ings pe­ri­od­i­cally through­out the sum­mer months. It is clump form­ing and its grace­ful growth habit is suit- able for plant­ing around pools, along verges and as a filler be­tween shrubs.

● Ex­tend the bloom­ing sea­son well into au­tumn by plant­ing seedlings of sum­mer an­nu­als, marigold, salvia, celosia and ver­bena to add bright colour to bor­ders, rock­eries and con­tain­ers. In­tro­duce colour to shadier parts of the gar­den with New Guinea im­pa­tiens, coleus and bedding be­go­nias.

● Camel­lias are form­ing buds now and should be kept well wa­tered and mulched to en­cour­age good bud for­ma­tion. Sasan­qua camel­lias with glossy green leaves and pink, red and white flow­ers are the first to flower in early au­tumn. Their ev­er­green, grace­ful growth habit make them suit­able for screen­ing or as ac­cent plants.

● For those who love yel­low roses, there are two new in­tro­duc­tions, World Cup Rose, a tall-grow­ing florif­er­ous bright yel­low rose that fades with age, and Sa­sol Rose with clus­ters of yel­low flow­ers and a liquorice-spice scent.

● You may need to wa­ter hang­ing bas­kets and out­door con­tain­ers more than once on hot days. Mist fo­liage of ferns and in­door pot plants on hot, dry days.

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