Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

The heat is on. Al­low the blades of lawn plants to grow a lit­tle longer to pro­tect the roots from sear­ing hot days. Raise the level of your lawn­mower and mow in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions to keep growth even and pre­vent ridges form­ing. Wa­ter once a week, es­pe­cially dur­ing hot, dry weeks. Fer­tilise ev­ery six weeks with a lawn fer­tiliser, wa­ter­ing well af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion.

The wet sea­son has ben­e­fited roses, and some of the best blooms of the decade were seen in late Oc­to­ber. How­ever, the heat has ar­rived and roses are thirsty plants which need deep wa­ter­ing twice a week. To help re­tain mois­ture in the soil, spread a layer of mulch, keep­ing away from the stem. Leaves are the pantry of the rose, so leave as many as pos­si­ble when cut­ting stems for the vase.

Ni­co­tianas have pink, salmon, white or lime green flow­ers suit­able for the front of a bor­der. Tall-grow­ing cleome with nar­row petals of white, pink and laven­der pink is an el­e­gant choice for the back of a bor­der.

Canna cul­ti­vars are use­ful dot plants in the bor­der, their bold fo­liage giv­ing strength to more del­i­cate plant­ings. In­cor­po­rate ma­nure and com­post when plant­ing, and keep well wa­tered in dry weather. Once a month scat­ter a gen­eral fer­tiliser around the plants, and wa­ter in well. Re­move old flower and seed heads reg­u­larly to en­cour­age re­bloom­ing.

Make part of your gar­den a moon­light gar­den. Fill flowerbeds and pots with white and pale-coloured flow­ers and sil­ver-grey fo­liage. Scented plants to add to this gar­den’s en­joy­ment are Mex­i­can orange blos­som, Choisya ter­nata, with glossy green leaves and clus­ters of white flow­ers, and star jas­mine ( Trach­e­losper­mum jas­mi­noides), an ev­er­green twin­ing climber with fragrant white blooms. Both re­spond well to clip­ping. Add a bench and a small pool to re­flect moon­light.

WA­TER roses.

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