Grow blue and white agapanthus to add grace and colour to your summer garden. Dwarf agapanthus are perfect for edging paths and borders and for containers. Medium and tall growers can be mass-planted, grown along driveways and in borders or landscaped around a pool. White-flowered agapanthus show up well in the evening garden.
Tulbaghias, also known as society garlic because of their garlic-scented foliage, have daintier, similar shaped heads to agapanthus, with mauve flowers and plain or variegated leaves.
Day lilies are useful and reliable perennials and are often grown as a contrast to agapanthus. They need six hours of sun a day and enriched, moisture-retentive soil. For greatest impact, plant in single colours in large sweeps, in groups in mixed borders, near water features and with ornamental grasses.
National Children’s Day is today, followed by Universal Children’s Day on November 20. Encourage your children to spend more time outdoors by helping them create a Peter Rabbit garden. A couple of trays of lettuce seedlings will provide instant colour and interest while waiting for other plants to grow.
A half-barrel is a water-wise, easyto-reach option for a child’s edible garden. Sow parsley, violas, a trailing nasturtium, a lettuce, marigolds and even a bean up a central wigwam trellis.
Pinch back fuchsias to encourage side shoots and more flowers. Water well in dry weather, and on hot days spray foliage when there is no sun on leaves. Feed regularly with Multifeed P.
Aphids are a common garden pest that cause damage to new growth on vegetables and flowers. Nasturtiums are trap-plants and you will find that aphids will abandon other plants to feed off nasturtiums.
Containers are best planted in groups of three – a large, medium and small pot. To make the most impact, try to make sure the plant material is approximately twothirds of the total height of each feature.
For a sunny container, plant up marigolds, dianthus, portulaca, salvia, vinca or any number of the ivy and bush pelargoniums. Commonly referred to as geraniums, these indigenous drought-resistant perennials are ideal for a hot spot near the patio and will continue flowering year after year.
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