It's Sweet Pea time!

Whether it’s enjoying a posy of home grown sweet peas, sweet peas cascading from a hanging basket or a fence or tripod covered in sweet peas in spectacular full bloom, sweet peas are a beautiful flower to have in your garden. It’s sweet pea sowing time, so now is your chance to dream ahead and decide where you would like to have this gorgeous flower on show.

Tall growing sweet pea varieties that are ideal for creating walls of colour include delicately patterned Yates Sweet Pea Patricia Ann, beautifully fragrant Yates Sweet Pea Colourcade and vibrant Yates Sweet Pea Original. Compact varieties that are perfect for pots and hanging baskets include Yates Sweet Pea Bijou.

Here are some easy steps to create a very pretty sweet pea display:

  1. Sow seed around 15 mm deep into a garden bed or pot, firm down and water in well. If your soil is acidic (has a low pH) also apply some Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. This will help to raise the soil pH (make it more alkaline), which sweet peas prefer.
  2. Only water again sparingly until seedlings emerge in around a fortnight. Too moist soil can lead to the seeds rotting.
  3. Once the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. This fast acting complete fertiliser provides nitrogen for healthy leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium for lots of lovely sweet pea flowers.
  4. Tall varieties will need to be grown on a frame, trellis or tepee. Young seedlings may need to be supported with small twigs or bamboo skewers until they can reach their trellis.

Sweet peas take around 12-14 weeks to flower. Cut handfuls of deliciously scented flowers for a vase so you can bring their gorgeousness inside.

Flower care: protect new sweet pea seedlings from destructive snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem™ Snail & Slug Pellets.

Purple Reign

When it comes to garden design, colour is one thing that can help it come together. While texture, placement and plant choice is important, having an element to tie them altogether can really help your garden shine. 

This blue-based purple inspires creativity, mindfulness and energy – all attributes that can be found in the garden, don’t you agree? And, it’s easy to incorporate this gorgeous colour into your garden and outdoor spaces just by growing these beautiful plants throughout the year.

Autumn

  • Easter daisies (Aster) are hardy plants that flower profusely during autumn. They can be cut back each year after flowering to encourage fresh new growth and more flowers. · 
  • For a dazzling display, try tibouchinas. They have masses of purple blooms from autumn and while most grow into small trees or shrubs, like Tibouchina ‘Alstonville’ or Tibouchina ‘Allure’, you can also purchase ‘Groovy Baby’, which grows into a compact bush (45cm high and wide) and is perfectly suited to pots.

Winter

  • Purple and violet varieties of annual flowers such as violets, pansies, cineraria and polyanthus can fill a garden bed with colour or grown in containers to create eye catching pops of colour around a deck or patio. · * Long flowering varieties of lavender such as ‘Purpleberry Ruffles’ are compact and perfect for pots or out in the garden in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Their scented flowers are adored by bees and can also be cut for a home grown indoor vase display.

Spring 

  • Spring flowering purple flowered bulbs like anemones, tulips and delightfully fragrant freesias and hyacinths can be planted in beautiful drifts in a sunny garden bed or grown in decorative pots or bowls as a stunning outdoor table centrepiece. ·
  • Salvias such as ‘So Cool Violet’ are gorgeous low maintenance flowering plants that attract bees and honeyeaters and look fantastic in either a garden bed or containers.
  • Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’ and Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ (smokebush) are medium sized shrubs that have very attractive deep purple foliage.

Summer 

  • Compact Buddleja Buzz™ Midnight (butterfly bush) has large honey scented, bee and butterfly attracting deep purple flowers during the warmer months.
  • Large varieties of salvias such as ‘Limelight’ and ‘Anthony Parker’ are hardy and fast growing with intense blue purple flowers.
  • Brightly coloured summer flowering annual flowers like low growing petunias which spread to cover a sunny garden bed or cascade beautifully out of a pot or hanging basket.
  • Bold and beautiful purple hydrangeas like a semi-shaded spot in a garden bed or large container. Cut a bunch of spectacular hydrangea blooms for a vase so you can enjoy them indoors as well. 
  • Roses are a summer floral highlight and purpled hued varieties like Vol de Nuit, Fragrant Plum and Ebb Tide will bring months of scented mauve flowers into the garden. 

Pack a Purple Punch

Make the most of your plantings by:

Don’t limit yourself to just flowers – foliage can play a part, too!

  • Cordyline
  • Ajuga
  • Purple fountain grass
  • Heuchera
  • Coleus
  • Alternanthera
  • Ornamental kale

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