What’s new: New plants to love
Elizabeth Swane talks about all the new plants we're planting this spring.
Look for these little beauties at your local nursery now.
Osteospermum Serenity ‘Spring Day’
For masses of flowers from spring to late summer, try Osteospermum Serenity ‘Spring Day’. It blooms in tones of ivory to soft pink with a pretty soft yellow underside. A mounded habit to 35cm high makes it wonderful when mass-planted, or when used in containers and hanging baskets. It loves full sun and is drought-tolerant.
Winner! Geranium ‘Rozanne’was awarded ‘Plant of the Centenary’ at Chelsea 2013. Why? It’s smothered in violet-blue blooms from spring until late autumn making a spectacular picture in hanging baskets and pots. Also try this must-have geranium as a filler (50cm high x 60 cm wide) in garden beds in sun or part shade.
Geranium 'Roseanne' was awarded 'Plant of the Century' at Chelsea.
Digiplexis‘Illumination Flame’ is an innovative cross between an American foxglove and its Canary Islands cousin. The result is amagnificent, long bloomer with luminous spikes of blossoms towering to 1m high on strong stems. Gorgeous in tall containers; striking in garden beds.
Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’
Oo la la! French marigold ‘Strawberry Blonde’ is the world’s first ‘pink’ marigold, which blooms with differently coloured flowers on the same plant. New to the Perfect for Pots range by Floriana, this pretty sun lover is compact, 25-30 cm high, and easy care for patios and balconies.
Marigold ‘Strawberry Blonde’
Tree lilies combine the beauty and perfume of oriental lilies with the heat-tolerance and colour range of trumpet lilies. The hybridized result reaches a majestic 2m high, and carries a mass of fragrant trumpet blooms. For stunning burgundies and deep pinks, try ‘Miss Lily’, ‘Mussasi’ or‘Scheherazade’, shown here. Order from www.mrfothergills.com.au and plant bulbs in spring for a summer display.
‘Sweet Spot’ roses are compact in shape and size and are smothered in masses of multi-toned blooms with a coloured ‘eye’, from spring to autumn. ‘Sweet Spot Calypso’ is a bi-colored pink-red, and ‘Sweet Spot Yellow’ is golden with a dark-red centre. Use them as border plants or balcony displays. Introduced by Tesselaar.
'Sweet Spot' rose\
In the shed
For Father’s Day this year:
Swap the socks for something much more fun.Join Dad up to the Garden Clinic for a year to receive a huge box of garden goodies as a reward for a great idea. Go to www.gardenclinic.com for details.
Lightweight tools don’t need to be light on quality.
Fiskars has released a lightweight range of gardening tools that includes a fork, digging and planting spade and a rake featuring the usual Fiskars attention to workmanship, ergonomics and design.
Spraying is a cinch with the Eco360 sprayer.
The 360-degree rotating nozzle allows you to get under leaves where pests live. The nozzle attaches to a one-litre bottle with a handy reference guide for the mixing rates of Eco-organic garden products.
Pruning thick branches is easier with Fiskars new range of loppers.
Called PowerGear X, they feature a new gearing mechanism that makes a huge difference to the amount of pressure required to make the cut. The loppers come in a small and large version. Check them out at fiskars.com.au