Trees and Shrubs


How to grow amazing azaleas

An azalea in full flower is a sight to behold. Often you can’t see the leaves for the flowers, which come in almost every shade from white through to bright pink and also yellow, salmon and two toned flowers.

Most azaleas are happiest in a spot that receives morning sun and afternoon shade, in moist, organic rich well drained soil that is on the acidic side. Azaleas also grow very well in a pot.

Here are a few simple steps to keeping your azaleas looking fantastic:

Magnificent magnolias

Late winter and early spring are when the bare branches of deciduous magnolias are smothered in stunning large goblet shaped flowers. They are truly gorgeous and absolutely traffic stopping.

The range of flower colours include burgundy, white, magenta, purple, hot pink and eye catching yellow. Some magnolias are fragrant and there are also variations in flower type, including the multi-petaled star shaped ‘Stellata’.

New varieties of magnolias, like the ‘Jury’ collection from Anthony Tesselaar ( showcase improved flower colour and size and include:

Magnolias are slow growing trees that do best in fertilie slightly acidic soil. They grow well in cool to warm temperate zones and need protection from winds and frosts. Leaves can be damaged during hot dry weather and so deciduous magnolias will look their best if grown in a semi-shaded position that is protected from harsh afternoon sun.

When planting a new deciduous magnolia 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. Avoid disturbing the soil around magnolias as they have a shallow, easily damaged root system. Water well, particularly during summer and reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter each spring and autumn to help keep the magnolia well nourished.



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