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What's new this winter

What’s new: New plants to love

There’s a hint of anise in the fruity fragrance of ‘Summer Romance’, a new addition to the Parfuma collection by German rose breeder, Kordes.

Words: Elizabeth Swane

Plentiful, fully double blooms adorn this upright floribunda rose, which grows to a compact 80cm. It’s an award-winner, with healthy, disease-resistant foliage and is available from


Image supplied by Treloar Roses.


Masses of pink spring blossom, golden fruit, butter yellow autumn foliage and highly coloured winter branches: ‘Dwarf Silvan Sunset Peach’ is a fabulous all-rounder. This prolific bearer is self-pollinating and at just 2m high can find a home in any backyard. It’s a new addition to the Backyard Beauties range from PlantNet.


Sunset peach


Want showy winter colour? Leucadendron ‘Harlequin’ will make a low border or hedge, a happy garden plant or vibrant container specimen. The long-lasting flowers change colour from orange to pink as they age. With compact growth to 1m high and wide, it needs a spot in full sun. Well-drained soil is a must.


Leucadendron ‘Harlequin’


We love the reliability of begonias, and how’s this for dependable- begonia ‘Megawatt Pink’ flowers from winter through to autumn with striking pink flowers on sturdy stems above bronze foliage. At 50-70 cm tall with a spread to 60 cm it’s terrific in baskets, large containers or a showy border. Liquid feed fortnightly for best results.


Begonia 'Megawatt Pink'. Image from Ball Australia


Bidens ‘Campfire’ displays rich orange and yellow bi-colour blooms. This hardy perennial is heat and drought tolerant once established and offers a burst of winter colour in a sunny spot in gardens or containers and is ideal planted among herb or vegetables to attract bees and beneficial insects. Trim to shape after flowers finish.


Bidens ‘Campfire’


Violas are always cheery, but the buttermilk faces of viola ‘Bonnie Sarah’ are especially appealing. She’s a hardy perennial developed by the world-renowned Blooms of Bressingham nursery and will put on a long-lasting display through spring and summer. Perfect in pots, under roses and among bulbs in sun to part-shade. Liquid feed fortnightly for best results. Expect a light blue flush to the flowers in cooler temperatures.


Viola 'Bonnie Sarah'


Master Swagman special offer


Keep an eye out for the 2017 Swagman Special Offer, coming soon


Keep your garden growing strong and looking beautiful with the Garden Clinic Master Swagman special offer, coming soon!

We’ve joined forces with Swagman Sprayers, Eco-Organic Garden and Yates to offer a shelf-shed of products that will manage the health of your roses, citrus and vegetables and give the fastest and most noticeable results. The pack is built around the super-handy Swagman Sprayer, (RRP $150). It’s a lightweight but good quality, battery-operated garden sprayer that holds eight litres of spray: you’ll never have to pump spray again!

And to use in the sprayer we’ve added the most useful and reliable organic products. Use them to mix up the Eco-Magic Mix we shared with you last summer, or use the products according to their on-pack instructions.

The Master Swagman Special offer will be available soon to those choosing a Garden Clinic Platinum one-year membership. As well all the benefits of Platinum membership you’ll receive the 8L Swagman Sprayer, 500ml Eco-oil concentrate, Eco-aminogro, 500gm tub of Eco-rose and 500ml Lime Sulfur from Yates. Over $300 of value for only $199.

Keep an eye out - This offer is coming this winter, while stocks last.

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Author: Elizabeth Swane