What’s new in garden centres
With flowers reminiscent of little roses, the Aloha range of double flowered Calibrachoa (mini petunia) offer a tidy compact plant with masses of bloom. New this summer, the latest colour to join the collection is Calibrachoa Aloha Double Purple, stunning in bright grape purple.
LIKES FULL SUN OR PART SHADE FLOWERS SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN GROWS 15CM TALL AND 40CM WIDE
Plants that flower in skyward pointing spires bring dramatic contrast to any garden. This summer, a striking new pair of perennial veronicas bring additional rewards of rich colours and peak performance. Veronica Aspire in saturated deep-rose produces its flowers on compact, long-lasting spires. Veronica Venture Blue sends up spire after spire of deep purple blue flowers on a compact, clump forming plant. Both flowers and foliage have extra substance due to their breeding. Aspire and Venture Blue are quick and easy to grow.
LIKES FULL SUN OR PART SHADE FLOWERS SPRING AND SUMMER GROWS 20-30CM TALL
PREMIUM PLANT FOOD
Now available in convenient 100g packs, Burnet’s Gold Plant Food range is specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of specific garden plants. Controlled-release formulations feed plants as they grow for up to 3 months. Or longer in the case of Burnet’s Gold Long Term Plant Food which feeds trees and shrubs for up to 12 months, ideal when establishing new hedges and other permanent plantings. All Burnet’s Gold plant foods are suitable for use in pots or garden beds. Find out more at burnets.co.nz and turn to page 38 to be in to win!
LIGHT UP THE SHADE
New Carex Spark Plug is an interesting new shade lover that can’t quite make up its mind whether it is a miniature bamboo or a grass. An interesting tufted habit and brightly striped foliage make it an ideal choice where a splash of colour is needed to brighten a gloomy corner. This is a great filler plant, lovely with ferns. Available from December 2018.
GROWS 35CM TALL AND WIDE
From the breeders of the hugely successful lavender ‘The Princess Lavender’ come the latest Fairy Wings Lavenders, named for their long ribbon like bracts and riotous mass of scented bloom. The collection of three Fairy Wings lavenders features Spellbound (lavender mauve), Radiance (deep pink) and Whimsical (pale blush). With their complementary tones and compact aromatic foliage, Fairy Wings combine beautifully together in one large pot, or in a garden bed. Ideal for coastal gardens, the three fairies are drought tolerant and easy care. Read more on page 28.
LIKES FULL SUN
FLOWERS SPRING AND SUMMER GROWS 70CM TALL AND WIDE
Described as a ‘marvel of modern breeding’ new Nemesia Plums and Custard packs a lot of punch. Not just for its remarkable sunshine yellow and purple colour combination, but also a powerful perfume. A tidy rounded habit and extended flowering season makes this award winning plant an excellent choice for summer pots and small gardens. Available from December 2018.
LIKES FULL SUN FLOWERS SUMMER GROWS 25CM TALL AND WIDE
Decades of breeding have gone into making the latest Inca Alstroemerias. No more nasty invasiveness or leggy stems flopping in bad weather - these compact perennial plants are tailor made for gardens. With large flowers produced in great volume they make exceptional container plants and are good for picking too. There is an Inca colour to suit all tastes. New this season we have subtle peachy cream Inca Sundance and bold Inca Safari in bright orange and yellow.
LIKES FULL SUN
FLOWERS SPRING AND SUMMER GROWS 50CM TALL AND WIDE
HOT TICKET EVENT
The New Zealand Flower & Garden Show This incredible show kicks into gear on the 28th of November, and runs until the 2nd December. Held at The Trusts Arena, West Auckland. Inspiring garden displays, International award-winning designers, gourmet food and beverages and why not indulge in a spot of retail therapy? Don’t miss this opportunity to treat yourself, family and friends to a floral and horticultural spectacular. VIP Experiences are on sale now at nzflowergardenshow.co.nz. General admission tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz
PRETTY AND PETITE
Alstroemeria Inticancha Moon is the latest colour option in the popular Inticancha range of dwarf Alstroemerias. In soft shades of lilac and white this latest sensation joins recent releases Inticancha Indigo (bold purple) and Inticancha Magic White, which is possibly the whitest white among dwarf alstroemerias. In a choice of easy-care colours, Inticanchas combine tightly compact growth with a larger flower size. They’re ideal for pots.
LIKES FULL SUN
GROWS 25CM TALL AND WIDE
DECK THE HALLS
New Gerbera Patio Karoo is an extra large flowered form of pot gerbera. Just in time for Christmas decorating, patio gerberas are ideal as outdoor table decoration or for a brightly lit room indoors. Available from December 2018.
LIKES FULL SUN OR PART SHADE
FLOWERS SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN
GROWS 25CM TALL AND WIDE
A new form of bacopa (aka Sutera cordata), Bacopa MegaCopa White boasts market-leading heat tolerance along with a tidy highly-branched growth habit and significantly larger flowers. Masses of snowy white flowers cover this trailing plant for months on end. While most bacopa will slow down over the hottest months MegaCopa White keeps going. The flowers sit above its leafy canopy, creating a high impact display, which is both easy-care and stunning in hanging baskets or pots. Available from December 2018.
LIKES SUN OR PART SHADE FLOWERS SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN GROWS 15CM TALL AND 45CM WIDE
New Lavender Javelin Deep Purple is exceptional among Spanish lavenders for its uniformity and vigour. The flags at the top of each flower cluster are larger than usual, often with more flags per flower. Great as a hedge, this compact shrub has fragrant foliage and is very free flowering. Available from December 2018.
LIKES FULL SUN OR PART SHADE FLOWERS SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN GROWS 50CM TALL AND 40CM WIDE
For better, juicer, tastier strawberries try mixing new Egmont Magic Strawberry Moss into your soil or planting mix and use it as a mulch. Strawberry Moss significantly enhances water retention and nutrient uptake. It also contains seaweed for better root growth and its antifungal properties stop fruit from rotting.
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