Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Plants that pro­duce flow­ers dur­ing the cooler months bring much-needed colour to the gar­den as well as pro­vide food for hun­gry bees and birds.

Na­tive to South Africa, pro­teas are spec­tac­u­lar au­tumn and win­ter flow­er­ing plants that look great in the gar­den and their flow­ers make a long-last­ing cut flower dis­play.

Protea Pink Ice is a favourite that grows to about 3m tall and 1.5m wide with dark green fo­liage and large deep pink flow­ers with a darker cen­tre.

Protea Lancelot is an­other beau­ti­ful va­ri­ety with candy pink flow­ers that grows to a sim­i­lar size.

Pro­teas need well-drained soil in a po­si­tion that re­ceives at least six hours of full sun a day. They are drought tol­er­ant once es­tab­lished but should be wa­tered reg­u­larly dur­ing their first sum­mer. Pink Ice and Lancelot are also tol­er­ant of frosts down to mi­nus 5 de­grees.

To keep pro­teas com­pact and look­ing fan­tas­tic, re­move spent flow­ers reg­u­larly. Or, by cut­ting new flow­ers for a vase you can do two jobs at once.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.