THE MEDITERRANEAN IN YOUR GARDEN!
How to make the most of oleanders
ANYONE who has been to the Mediterranean and further south will be familiar with Nerium oleander – the oleander bush. With their long-lasting, sweetly scented pink blooms they are popular all around those sunny shores.
They are also hardy down to -5°C, which makes them ideal plants for adding something exotic to British gardens. However, as they don’t particularly like the cold they are best grown in containers in a sheltered, sunny spot and taken indoors to a conservatory or greenhouse in the colder months.
I was sent a pair of oleanders by online gardening company You Garden (yougarden.com), which should thrive in our southern garden.
I potted them up using John Innes No3 mixed with grit for improved drainage. They will stand in the sunniest spot in the garden and are starting to flower.
They need regular summer watering and feeding with a balanced liquid fertiliser until June, followed by a highpotassium feed throughout summer to promote flowering.
Take semi-ripe cuttings from this year’s growth in summer. Pot them up or root them in water and overwinter in the warmth. If reusing a container, wash it well first Adding a Mediterranean touch to my Dorset garden