Springtime Flowers

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Happy little flowers!

Petunias are the essence of colourful warm season gardening and an improved selection of petunias called Happitunia® Bubblegum™ from Aussie Winners are sure to bring a smile to your face.

They are easy to grow and provide a fabulous long lasting flower show. Whether planted en masse in a sunny or partly shaded garden bed or in hanging baskets or pots, they will flower for months. Happitunias grow to around 30 cm tall and 100 cm wide so just a few plants can create a brilliant display.

Here are some delicious Happitunia Bubblegum varieties:

Plant these gorgeous petunias into soil or potting mix that has been improved 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.

Happitunias are easy to maintain. Prune them back every few months which removes the spent flowers and encourages fresh new growth and flowers.

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Dreaming of pink

Armeria are gorgeous hardy little perennials that have globe shaped flowers that sit proudly above the foliage. Ten years of clever plant breeding has created a fabulous new collection of low maintenance armerias called ‘Dreameria®’. Their attractive tightly mounded foliage grows to a compact 20 cm tall and they can spread up to 50 cm in diameter.

Tolerant of frost, windy, coastal and dry conditions once established, they make a perfect edging or border plant in a full or partly shaded spot or can be mass planted as a ground cover or included in rockery gardens. They look particularly pretty when grown in containers.

Dreameria comes in a range of beautiful colours, including deep vivid pink ‘Dream Weaver’, mid pink ‘Dreamboat’ and ‘Dreamland’, light pink ‘Daydream’ and pale mauve ‘Sweet Dreams’.

To help keep Dreamerias looking their best and to encourage further flowering, trim off spent flowers and feed regularly from spring to autumn with a high potassium fertiliser like Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. And although tolerant of dry conditions, they will appreciate a good watering during hot dry weather.

Insider tip: armeria flowers can be cut for a vase, so you can enjoy them both inside and out.

For more information on the Dreameria collection of armerias, visit the Plant Growers Australia


Fairies at the bottom of the garden

Magic is in the air. And it smells like lavender! Lavender is such a wonderful plant to include in your garden or to brighten a sunny courtyard or balcony. There is a fabulous new range of lavender called ‘Fairy Wings’ which combine some of the best traits of ‘Lavandula’ lavender with stunning flower colour and form. This range has been bred in Australia and selected for its highly ornamental foliage and long flowering season.

‘Fairy Wings’ lavenders all have fragrant foliage and striking flower heads capped with coloured ‘ribbons’, which look like fairy’s wings. ‘Fairy Wings Radiance’ has vibrant pink flowers, ‘Fairy Wings Spellbound’deep lavender and ‘Fairy Wings Whimsical’ has delicately coloured white to blush pink flowers.

Growing to around 70 cm tall and spreading to 70 cm wide, Fairy Wings lavenders are fast growing, dry tolerant, low maintence plants that flower from late winter into summer. They do best in a spot with well drained soil (or potting mix) that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.

To promote a dense and compact habit, give them a light prune after the main flowering flush and apply Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone every 6 weeks from late winter until the end of autumn.

Fairy Wings design ideas:

Information and Fairy Wings lavender images courtesy of Plant Growers Australia.

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