Trees & Shrubs

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Diamonds in the Dark®

Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) are brilliant trees that provide fabulous summer flower colour in addition to spectacular autumn foliage and striking bark.

Diamonds in the Dark is a revolutionary range of crepe myrtles from Touch of Class Plants (www.diamondsinthedark.com.au) that feature stunning near-black foliage in early spring, followed by many months of massed flowers.

They’re a compact tree, growing to around 3 m tall and 2.5 m wide, making them a perfect feature tree for smaller gardens, to line a driveway or be grown along a fence. Diamonds in the Dark can also be planted in a pot and can be grown on a sunny deck, courtyard or balcony.

Available Varieties:

Varieties to look forward to:

Diamonds in the Dark prefer a well drained, slightly acidic soil in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day. Crepe myrtles are drought hardy once established but should be watered regularly while they’re young.

Crepe myrtles can be pruned if required. Pruning, which encourages bushier growth, is best done in late winter or early spring. When planting a new crepe myrtle enrich the soil first with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser and then apply a layer of organic mulch around the root zone, which will help keep the soil cool and moist.

Water well, particularly during summer and reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter each spring and autumn to help keep the crepe myrtle well nourished.

Photo courtesy of www.touchofclassplants.com.au


Evergreen magnolias
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‘Little Gem’, ‘Teddy Bear’ and ‘Kay Parris’ are some of the stunning smaller varieties of evergreen magnolias now available. They have beautiful large, perfumed white flowers during the warmer months and glossy dark green leaves with a coppery-brown underside, which creates an additional colour feature when the leaves are moving in the wind.

The compact nature of these magnolias makes them perfect for home gardens, where they make a wonderful feature plant, a dense flowering hedge or screen and also can be grown in a container.

Little Gem can grow up to 6 m tall and Teddy Bear and Kay Parris a smaller 4 m tall and can be pruned during winter if required.

Magnolias prefer a wind protected partly shaded spot with moist, organic rich soil that is slightly acidic. Improving the soil when planting with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser will help enrich the soil and provide the magnolia with gentle slow release organic nutrients as it establishes.

Water well, particularly while the plant is young and during summer’s hot weather and reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter each spring and autumn to keep the plant well nourished.

One of the most common insect pests on evergreen magnolias is scale. Scale are sap sucking pests that appear as white, pink, grey or brown coloured bumps along branches, stems and leaves.

Scale infestations deplete the magnolia of valuable sugars and nutrients and can attract the fungal disease sooty mould.

Scale can be controlled on magnolias for up to 3 months by inserting a Confidor® Tablet 5 cm deep in the soil within the root zone of each plant (one tablet per metre of plant height).

Water in well and keep the soil moist. The Confidor tablet will start to break down and the plant roots will absorb the Confidor and control the scale.

For organic gardeners, thoroughly spray the magnolias, including underneath leaves and along stems, with Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray every 5 – 14 days.


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