Welcome to Spring! It’s that special time that all gardeners live for. September is a busy month filled with all the potential of the new season. There’s plenty to do but take some time to smell the roses too!
What To Plant Now
Now is the perfect time to plant: Advanced trees, african boxwood, alyssum, anisodontea, arthropodium (New Zealand rock Lily), azaleas, banksias, bottlebrush, buxus, camellia, cineraria, cordylines, correa, coprosma, deciduous ornamental and fruit trees, dianellas, eriostemon (wax flowers), eucalyptus, federation daisies, fox gloves, geraniums, gardenias, gazanias, geraldton wax, grevillea, hakea, hebe, kangaroo paws, lavender, lobelia, nandina, native hibiscus, native violets, ornamental plums, pandorea, pansies, plumbago, polygala, roses, scaevola, salvia, society garlic, (lilly pillies), succulents, tea trees, topiary specimens, viola, viburnum, westringia and wisteria.
Plant Now In your Edible Garden: Artichoke, asparagus, basil, beetroot, blueberries, bok choy, beans (climbing & dwarf), cabbage, cape gooseberries, capsicum, carrot, celeriac, celery, chicory, chilli, chives, choko, citrus trees, coriander, cucumber, deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums etc, egg plant, endive, fennel, figs, kale, leeks, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mizuna, mustard greens, okra, olives, onions, oregano, pak choy, parsley potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rockmellon, rosella, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onions, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, squash, swedes, sweet corn, sweet potato, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon and zucchini.
What’s In Flower This Month: Abutilon, almonds, aloes, alyogyne (native hibiscus), alyssum, arctotis, azalea, bacopa, banksia, begonia, bidens, bottlebrush, boronia, camellia japonica, clivia, correa, crown of thorns (euphorbia), cuphea, cyclamen, cymbidium orchids, dianthus, diosma, eremophila, erica, erythrina indica (coral tree), federation daisies, felicia amelloides, fuchsia, gazania, geraldton wax, geranium, grevillea, hakea, indian hawthorns, kangaroo paws, kalanchoe, lavender, lechenaultia, lobelia, marigold, ozothamnus, native wisteria, pansies, perennial statice, pimelea, polygala, pyrostegia (orange trumpet vine) potato jasmine, primula, rosemary, roses, salvia, scaevola, sida (butterkins), society garlic, templetonia, thyrptomene, viburnum, viola, violets, wall flower, wattles, westringia and wisteria.
Garden Jobs for September
1. Fertilise – Early Spring is a wonderful time to feed the whole garden. Eco Growth Prime Garden for general garden use and Eco Emerald for lawns are rock mineral based fertilisers, which not only feed your plants but feeds your soil as well! These fertilisers are naturally slow release and make use of microbes to gradually make the minerals available to plants. This means nutrient loss and leaching is greatly reduced. These products directly address some of the major problems associated with traditional fertiliser use. They remain active in the soil for sustained periods, building plant and soil health. Try them in your garden this Spring!
2. Prune Hibiscus – Established Hibiscus will respond well to pruning in early spring. Cut bushes back by at least one third to half their original size. Also check bushes carefully for Scale and control with a spray of Eco Oil. Spray to protect Roses- Preventative spraying is the best way to keep Rose fungal diseases at bay. Spray fortnightly through September and October with Eco Fungicide* or Rose Shield (*Use Eco Fungicide in conjunction with Eco Oil for best results). Remember when spraying roses, makes sure you get good spray coverage above and below foliage.
3. Citrus Leaf Miner – Prevent leaf miner damage on new “spring flush” citrus foliage by spraying fortnightly with Eco Oil. Young soft citrus foliage is particularly vulnerable until it matures and hardens off.
4. Fruit Fly Control – It’s better to start your control sooner rather than later! If in doubt as to when to start your control measures, commence immediately after flowering or petal drop. Often a multi-pronged attack is the best approach. Use a combination of techniques like hanging some Cera Traps, bait spraying with Eco-Naturalure and some fruit fly exclusion bags. For more info collect a copy of our Dawson’s Fruit Tree Guide or view it online. Aphid Control- Aphids are very active now, feasting away on all that lush spring growth. Watch out for them on roses and citrus particularly. Use environmentally friendly sprays like Yates Natrasoap.
5. Bindi control in lawns- Avoid the “ouch!” by treating lawns to control spiky weeds like Jo-Jo (Onehunga) and Bindii. Searles Buffalo Master is a selective weedkiller safe for use in established Couch, *Buffalo (including Sir Walter and Palmetto Buffalo) and Kikuyu lawns. *Not Safe for use on ST (Saint Augustine) Buffalo varieties like ST 26, ST85 and ST91.
September Planting Guide
1. West Coast Gem – Is a stunning deep purple flowering form of WA Native Hibiscus. Quick growing evergreen shrub, flowering from late winter to summer. Best in full sun positions. Grows to 2-3m high and 1-1.5m wide. Sure creates a stir.
2. Grevillea Deua Flame – A very beautiful form of Grevillea rhyolitica with attractive, non-spiky, broad foliage and showy, red, pendant flowers from late winter, through spring and summer. A compact, bushy, bird attracting shrub which looks good planted as a low hedge or own its own. It you don’t have space it also a great one for a sunny feature pot. Tolerant to full sun to semi shaded conditions. Grows to 1.5m high and wide.
3. Chinese Wisteria – The classic lavender-blue flowering wisteria, producing unforgettable displays of cascading, fragrant flowers in long, clusters of up to 45cm long. Flowering tends to get more intense the older vines get, so like good red wine, they just get better and better! Grow them on walls, fences, arches or pergolas. After flowering prune long vegetative shoots back to 5-6 buds length to promote the development of flowering wood.
4. Strawberry Chandler – Our new season potted strawberries are ready! This season our main variety is Chandler. This is a high yielding variety with large conical to wedge shaped fruits, with exceptional flavour. It is very popular in America where it was specifically bred for the mild climate of southern California, it is also well suited to Perth. Main fruiting period is spring to early summer. Plant your own strawberry bed or grow in pots and hanging baskets.
5. Lavender Avonview – A hybrid Spanish style Lavender with a compact vigorous growth habit. Showy, fragrant flowers with prominent flag petals on top. Masses of deep purple flowers during the warmer months. Makes a wonderful, fragrant container plant, border or hedge. Best in full sun positions. Height to 80cm.
6. Plumbago Royal Cape – This hardy, long flowering, evergreen shrub, features dark blue flowers, ideal for summer colour. Royal Cape has darker blue flowers than the common form of Plumbago and has taken the world by storm since its release nearly 20 years ago. It grows in full sun to semi shade conditions and is well suited to use as a hedge or screen planting. With a little trimming and training, it can also be used as a climber on a wall or pillar. Royal cape is right at home in cottage style gardens and is good for coastal planting. Prune established plants fairly hard in late winter early spring to maintain vigour and trim regularly over the growing season.
7. Scaevola Aussie Crawl – This new free flowering form of Scaevola is a sprawling beauty! Clusters of purple-blue fan flowers over much of the year, peaking over spring. Forms a ground-hugging mound of fresh green foliage, spreading up to 1m wide. Hardy and drought tolerant, this versatile Aussie groundcover is a great choice for groundcover, verge planting, rockeries, mixed container plantings or baskets. Give a light trim after each flowering flush to maintain vigour.
Perfume Passion – Magnificent, sweetly fragrant, high- centred blended pink blooms. Has a delicious fragrance that will keep you coming back for more. Winner of Best Hybrid Tea Rose and Most Fragrant Rose at the Australian National Rose Trial Gardens in 2012. Highly recommended! Add this award winning pink to your garden.
Candlelight – This large flowered beauty has become one of our most popular yellow hybrid teas since its release a few years ago. Gorgeous, old-world style, buff yellow, fragrant blooms. Height to 120cm.