CRE­ATE a scene

What’s new in the flower world this spring? Take a peek at the bril­liant blooms un­furl­ing for you at your lo­cal nurs­ery

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Latest Plants -

spring – it’s ev­ery­one’s favourite plant­ing sea­son. And, just to add to the temp­ta­tion to get grow­ing, it’s also the time of year when a whole col­lec­tion of new-re­lease plants hits the nurs­ery ta­bles, in all their fab­u­lous new colours and forms. So wait no longer. Head to your favourite nurs­ery or gar­den cen­tre and start plan­ning all the ways you can brighten up your out­door liv­ing ar­eas with glow­ing colour for the warm months to come.

1 PRETTY PER­FUME

A world first, th­ese new dou­ble laven­ders were bred in Aus­tralia by Par­adise Plants. Lav­ish Laven­ders fea­ture highly fra­grant blooms, with a mass of winged petals run­ning all the way down the flower head. Com­pact in habit, they’re per­fect for low hedg­ing or con­tain­ers. ‘Lav­ish Musk’ is soft pink in colour and ‘Lav­ish Rose’ bears mid-pink blooms. Height: 1.5m Width: 1m

2

COM­PACT COLOUR

With their cute globe-shaped flower heads, the Dream­e­ria Col­lec­tion of arme­rias are as tough as they’re pretty. Dry tol­er­ant once es­tab­lished, th­ese com­pact peren­ni­als cope with frost and thrive in coastal con­di­tions. Avail­able in a range of vi­brant colours, they’re great for low bor­ders and edg­ings, and also make fab­u­lous con­tainer dis­plays. Height: 30cm Width: 50cm

3 MASS BLOOMER

With its dark vi­o­let blooms, La­van­dula ‘Pur­ple­berry Ruf­fles’ is a strik­ing new ad­di­tion to the world of laven­ders. A neat and com­pact plant, it pro­duces masses of flow­ers through the warm months, above at­trac­tive grey-green fo­liage. Use it as a low flow­er­ing hedge in full sun, or try it as a fea­ture plant in medium-sized con­tain­ers.

Height: 60cm Width: 80cm

4 BUSHY BEAUTY

A lovely edg­ing plant for part-sun po­si­tions, Vi­ola ‘Bon­nie Lassies Sarah’ has a fab­u­lous name and de­light­ful flow­ers – but­ter­milk-yel­low with a yel­low eye, and a light blue flush in cool tem­per­a­tures. Bred in Scot­land, it’s a com­pact, bushy plant that blooms from late spring into sum­mer.

Height: 25cm Width: 40cm

Be­fore plant­ing a gar­den bed, po­si­tion your new plants in their pots where you want them to go, fol­low­ing the spac­ings sug­gested on the la­bel. When you’re happy with the ar­range­ment of the plants, mark the po­si­tions, then dig the holes.

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