To promote lots of healthy growth and festive flowers, keep the pots well-watered and feed each week with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that’s boosted with additional flower-promoting potassium. Regularly trim off any dead flowers to help keep the plants looking tidy.
Festive touches - before guests arrive you can add some final pizzazz to the pots such as ribbons, baubles, sprigs of holly and tinsel or even magical fairy lights.
If your Christmas theme is traditional red and white, then Plant Growers Australia has your living floral decorations covered!
Dianthus and Salvia information and images courtesy of Plant Growers Australia.
Dianthus are a gorgeous family of flowers that bring cottage style, colour and fragrance to garden beds, borders and pots. Dianthus ‘Memories’ has pure white beautifully scented flowers held on sturdy stems. It was bred specifically to support Alzheimer’s research and is a hardy and drought tolerant plant, growing to around 30 cm high and 40 cm wide. It’s perfect as a low garden border plant, massed ground cover or potted plant. It flowers for a long time and requires little maintenance. The flowers can also be cut for a fragrant vase display.
Dianthus ‘Rebekah’ is another beautiful dianthus, with masses of heavily perfumed vibrant red flowers. Growing to 30 cm high and 60 cm wide, it’s a low maintenance plant that loves a full sun or partly shaded position in garden beds and containers.
Create a stunning Santa-worthy Christmas display and position pots of these red and white dianthus around outdoor entertaining areas.
Salvias are fantastic dry tolerant plants that bring rich floral colour to both modern and cottage style gardens during the warmer months. The ‘Heatwave’ collection of Salvias from Plant Growers Australia include a beautiful range of flower colours, including soft lilac, bright pink and salmon, however it’s bright red ‘Inferno’ and crisp white ‘Glare’ that are perfect for a festive Christmas theme. ‘Inferno’ and ‘Glare’ both grow to 70 cm tall and 1m wide, have aromatic foliage and can be grown in a sunny or partly shaded garden bed or in large pots.
When planting these gorgeous dianthus or salvias into a garden bed, enrich the soil first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. When planted into a pot, use a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
Once the plants are established, feed each week with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Liquid Plant Food, which is rich in potassium to promote lots of flowers.
Prune the salvias back after the main flowering flush to help promote further flowering and a tidier habit and regularly remove spent flowers from dianthus.