EX­CIT­ING NEW­COM­ERS

Check out the nurs­eries for th­ese new plant re­leases

South African Garden and Home - - Contents - SOURCES Ball Straathof ball­straathof.co.za Bris­tle Cone Nurs­ery bristle­cone.co.za Doon­holm Nurs­ery doon­holm.com Elands Nurs­ery elands.co.za The Aloe Farm thealoe­farm.co.za

New plants to look out for

1 BRACHYSCOME ‘FRESCO CANDY’

This new re­lease from Doon­holm Nurs­ery is the per­fect min­i­mum-in­put, max­i­mum-re­ward plant. Of­fer­ing masses of at­trac­tive pink, yel­low-cen­tred blooms through­out the year, this an­nual per­forms well in both beds and con­tain­ers. Planted in a sunny or partly shaded area, it re­quires very lit­tle care: no dead­head­ing and only a mod­er­ate amount of wa­ter. For op­ti­mum f low­er­ing, feed with slow-re­lease fer­tiliser.

2 VINCA TAT­TOO ‘BLACK CHERRY’

This brand new vinca hy­brid from Ball Straathof has petals that look as if they’re inked or brushed with soft black strokes. It’s par­tic­u­larly happy in hot, sunny po­si­tions, where it’ll bloom from late spring right through to early au­tumn. As it’s so new, plants will only be avail­able in lead­ing gar­den cen­tres around the coun­try from Oc­to­ber.

3 COLEUS ‘FLAMETHROWER’

A low-main­te­nance, high-im­pact hy­brid from Ball Straathof, it has uniquely coloured and shaped leaves. Cou­pled with its com­pact habit, it adds both tex­ture and in­ter­est to gar­dens and con­tain­ers. On top of that, it’s one of those rare plants that thrive in both sun and shade.

4 ROSA ‘FLOWER CAR­PET PINK SUPREME’

Win­ner of Ger­many’s cov­eted All Deutsch­land Rose award for dis­ease re­sis­tance, this rose from Elands Nurs­ery of­fers a non-stop sum­mer show of vi­brant, hot pink blooms with no dead­head­ing, spray­ing and com­plex prun­ing re­quired. Mass plant this heat and hu­mid­ity-tol­er­ant, low-grow­ing shrub in f lower beds, large con­tain­ers, on a gen­tle slope, or as ground­cover. It even tol­er­ates some shade, although it won’t pro­duce as many f low­ers.

5 AULAX CANCELLATA

‘BRONZE HAZE’

As it was en­dan­gered in the wild, a breed­ing pro­gramme has re­sulted in a de­light­ful new va­ri­ety, Aulax cancellata, well suited to gar­dens, par­tic­u­larly at the coast. ‘Bronze Haze’ from Ar­nelia of­fers spec­tac­u­lar, deep bronze hues from au­tumn to win­ter, with yel­low feath­ery f low­ers mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in spring and sum­mer. Ideal for low-main­te­nance, low-wa­ter use gar­dens, th­ese plants are suitable for a bor­der or low hedge and the f low­ers last well in the vase. Plant it in well-drained acidic/ neu­tral soil, mulch well, but don’t fer­tilise.

6 ALOE ‘CANDY STRIPES’

A new hy­brid from The Aloe Farm, this vig­or­ous, shrub-type aloe sports a pro­fu­sion of strik­ing bi­coloured f low­ers. Plant it in rich, well-drained soil, in full sun or light shade and give it a mod­er­ate amount of wa­ter. Plants grow about 150cm high and 100cm wide. Flow­ers ap­pear in May, con­tin­u­ing to late July and it may even re­bloom in sum­mer.

7 HI­BIS­CUS ROSA-SINENSIS GRANDIFLORA ‘BOREAS YEL­LOW’

This f lorif­er­ous hi­bis­cus hy­brid is ide­ally suited to gar­dens in warmer parts of the coun­try. Specif­i­cally bred for its large, richly coloured, long-last­ing f low­ers, the plant is sel­dom with­out masses of blooms in the warm months. An ever­green shrub, it grows to about 2m high, with a girth of about 1,5m. Plant it in a sunny or semi-shaded po­si­tion and keep it well­wa­tered dur­ing dry spells. It doesn’t like the cold, so in cooler ar­eas, make sure that it gets plenty of pro­tec­tion in win­ter. Lightly prune after f low­er­ing to main­tain the shape and en­cour­age fresh growth.

8 MUHLENBERGIA DUMOSA

(BAM­BOO MUHLY)

A na­tive of Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia, this dec­o­ra­tive grass from Bris­tle Cone Nurs­ery is ex­tremely drought and heat tol­er­ant. It ex­cels as a con­tainer plant where its bam­boo-like stems and del­i­cate, light-green leaves add an eastern am­bi­ence. It can be used as a screen­ing plant and its soft, bil­lowy tex­ture pro­vides a won­der­ful foil for bold suc­cu­lents. It spreads slowly from un­der­ground stems, even­tu­ally form­ing a large clump. It likes full sun and is well adapted to a wide range of soils. It will tol­er­ate some frost if kept dry.

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