In the trop­ics

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Plant new shrubs and trees into well-drained mounds so they es­tab­lish quickly in the rains

Fill pots with seedlings of star zin­nia (Zin­nia lin­earis) to add some colour to the gar­den, while at­tract­ing pol­li­nat­ing bees and but­ter­flies

In­vite the en­dan­gered Rich­mond bird­wing but­ter­fly into your gar­den by plant­ing Pararis­tolochia praevenosa, a na­tive climber that is the but­ter­fly’s host plant and aids re­pro­duc­tion

Cre­ate di­ver­sion drains around wa­ter­logged shrubs to carry away ex­cess wa­ter

Cel­e­brate and mark the fes­tive sea­son by plant­ing a Christ­mas orchid (Calan­the trip­li­cata) in a lightly shaded part of the gar­den

Sprin­kle bird seed onto bare gar­den beds to grow a quick cover crop that can later be dug into the soil

Take cut­tings of Bangkok rose (Mus­saenda philip­pica, above) and an­gel’s trum­pet (Brug­man­sia spp.) af­ter prun­ing, to grow new plants

Har­vest ripe pineap­ples to add their sweet flavour to Christ­mas dishes, then grow new pineap­ples by re­plant­ing their tops (see page 77)

Ask a gar­den­ing friend for some yams and plant them in the gar­den now for a dry-sea­son har­vest

Dig out and di­vide crowded clump­ing palms and spread them around the gar­den

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