Flowering Plants

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White is a wonderfully versatile colour and can be combined very effectively with green, grey or purple foliage plants, vibrant reds, oranges and yellows as well as blue, mauve and pink flowering plants. Crisp white flowers can also bring a cooling effect to the garden as the weather warms up in mid spring.

Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Aussie Winners is a spectacular white flowering biennial that is smothered in large heads of tiny honey scented blooms for many months. Lobularia is sometimes commonly called ‘sweet alyssum’, however ‘Snow Princess’ has been developed from intensive plant breeding and is a sterile variety, so unlike common alyssum will not self seed.

‘Snow Princess’ is super easy to grow and provides a fabulous flower show in sunny garden beds and containers as well as cascading from hanging baskets. It looks beautiful both mass planted or combined with other plants.

Plant ‘Snow Princess’ into soil or potting mix that has been enriched with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser and once the plants are established, feed each week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s rich in potassium to promote lots of blooms.

‘Snow Princess’ is easy to maintain and only needs to be trimmed back (by up to half) if they start to grow too large for the space.

Design tips: Combine Snow Princess, white petunia and white verbena in a hanging basket to create a design called ‘Wedding Song’.

Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

Dahlias
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Dahlias bring beautiful bold flowers into the garden during summer. They come in a gorgeous range of colours from whites, buttery cream, yellow and salmon through to bright pink and rich red. It’s also hard to believe one type of plant can have so many flower shapes, which include pompons, anemones, cactus, single and collarette.

Flowers can be small or grow to the size of a dinner plate. Dahlias can be grown from tubers and take around 2 months to flower. Dahlias can also be grown from seed, such as Yates® Dahlia Cinderella, which is a compact dahlia that produces a long lasting display of bold and bright blooms.

It’s ideal for massed garden colour, borders and pots and the plants can continue to perform for years.

2 Step Planting Guide:

  1. Before planting dahlia tubers or sowing seed into a sun drenched spot in the garden, enrich the area first with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, which will provide the new plants with gentle, slow release organic nutrients as they establish.
  1. Then to help promote lots of stunning flowers, feed dahlias each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which provides plants with a complete and balanced diet of nutrients as well as being boosted with additional potassium to encourage flowering.
  1. Keep the soil moist and regularly trim spent flowers or cut them for a vase – they make a lovely cut flower.

Dahlia pest alert: newly emerging dahlia shoots and seedlings are very attractive to snails, which can devour plants very quickly. A light sprinkling of Yates® Blitzem™ Snail & Slug Pellets around dahlias will protect them from snails and slugs.


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