Festival of flowers
Growing plants from seed is very rewarding and sowing some punnets of flower seeds during January will pay floral dividends in a few months time. Here are a few varieties to consider:
Yates® Impatiens Busy Lizzie – ideal for creating bright colour for damp shaded areas, impatiens seed can be sown direct where they are to grow or started in trays of Yates® Seed Raising Mix. Impatiens grow to around 45 cm tall and are beautiful in a garden, container or hanging basket.
Caterpillar alert: keep an eye out for black impatiens hawk moth caterpillars. Although the caterpillars are quite attractive, they can rapidly decimate impatiens.
If you spot them they can be removed by hand (it’s best to wear gloves) or alternatively spray every 1 – 2 weeks with Yates Success™ Ultra, ensuring all parts of the plants are thoroughly sprayed.
Yates® Marigold Safari Mixture – contains a beautiful blend of yellow, orange and scarlet colours on sturdy, semi-dwarf plants. The large double blooms are 4-5 cm across and this mix creates a colourful, long flowering border, garden or potted display. Marigolds are also ideal for including in amongst the vegie & herb patch, as they attract bees and other beneficial insects which help pollinate fruiting vegies.
Flower care: protect new impatiens and marigold seedlings from marauding snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates® Blitzem™ Snail & Slug Pellets.
Once the impatiens and marigold seedlings are established, feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s specially formulated for flowering plants, with the right balance of nutrients to encourage both healthy green leaf growth and lots of flowers.
Remove spent marigold flowers regularly to prolong the flowering season and keep the plants looking tidy.
Mandevillas are climbing plants with very pretty, tropical looking flowers. They make a beautiful plant to grow on a pergola, up a trellis on a wall or fence, grown as a small shrub or up a tripod or support in a good sized pot or cascading out of a large hanging basket.
Sun Parasol® is a range of gorgeous Mandevillas from Oasis Horticulture and includes ‘Giant Crimson’ and ‘Pretty Pink’. Giant Crimson has large, rich red flowers and Pretty Pink has gorgeous candy pink blooms. Sun Parasols will start flowering in spring in warmer parts of Australia and continue flowering into autumn, so they provide many months of bright colour.
They prefer a full sun position in well drained soil (or good quality potting mix and a pot with excellent drainage) and will grow in all but the coldest areas. They may lose some foliage if exposed to cool conditions but will regrow in spring.
New Blue Moon
Convolvulus ‘New Blue Moon’ is a fantastic blue flowering spreading ground cover that makes a perfect living weed suppressor. It has a dense habit (thicker than its predecessor ‘Blue Moon’) and flowers prolifically during the warmer months. Once established it’s dry tolerant and creates a low maintenance, easy to grow filler in mixed flower and shrub beds, garden borders and for trailing over rocks and walls.
New Blue Moon also makes a gorgeous container plant.
Feed ‘New Blue Moon’ with Yates® Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which helps promote healthy green leaf growth and lots of beautiful flowers.
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