With some warmer days now here it’s the perfect time to rediscover your garden and get it ready for spring!! All our new seasons fruit and ornamental trees are in store so get and have a look. Our rose crop is looking great and we hope to have new seasons roses out towards the end of August so stay tuned
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In Your Garden
Flowering this Month: Abutilon, boronia, almonds, alyogyne (Native Hibiscus), camellia japonica, federation daisies, geraldton wax, grevillea, indian hawthorns, kangaroo paws, kalanchoe, lavender, pansies, perennial statice, polygala, pyrostegia (orange trumpet vine), scaevola, thyrptomene, viburnum, viola and wattles.
Ornamentals to Plant this Month: Abutilon (Chinese Lantern), arctotis, azaleas, camellia, deciduous ornamental trees, eriostemon (wax flowers), eucalyptus, federation daisies, grevillea, kangaroo paws, leucospermum, lavender, nandina, native violets and osteospermums.
Edibles to Plant this Month: Asparagus, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, beans (climbing & bush), cabbage, celeriac, celery, coriander, deciduous fruit trees, figs, kale, leeks, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mizuna, mulberries, parsley, pomegranates, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onions, spinach, strawberries, swedes, tarragon, thyme and turnips.
Garden Jobs for August
1. Rose Pruning – Don’t panic! There’s still time to prune your roses. Don’t be afraid to have a go. Pruning is always an invigorating process for roses. Hybrid tea roses, miniatures and floribunda roses can simply be cut back to half their original height, using secateurs, loppers or hedge shears. Aim to have pruning finished by mid-late August. For more, watch our rose pruning video.
2. Protect New Growth on Roses – Spray fortnightly with Eco Fungicide (in conjunction with Eco Oil) or Rose Shield Black spot & Insect Pest Killer to protect emerging new season’s growth from rose fungal diseases like black spot and powdery Mildew and marauding aphids.
3. Protect Plants From Caterpillar Attack – Caterpillars particularly white cabbage moth and tiger moth larvae (also known as “woolly bears”) are very active at this time of year. These are voracious eaters and can be very destructive to most soft foliaged plants. To control, begin spraying with Yates Nature’s way Caterpillar Killer*(a BT Bacillus thuringiensis spray) as soon as damage is noticed and reapply at 5-7 day intervals. *This product is an organic registered garden product safe for use on vegetables, herbs, ornamentals, fruits and vines.
4. Prevent Peach Curly Leaf – Spray to prevent peach leaf Curl disease is essential if you are growing fruiting Peaches, Nectarines or Ornamental Peaches. Spray trees thoroughly with Yates Liquid Copper or Fungus Fighter. If you have time spray once now and again at the early bud swell time.
5. Feed Fruit Trees – Feed fruit trees towards the end of August- early September to help support new growth. Dawson’s All Purpose Fertiliser or Eco Growth Prime Garden will give excellent results and remember to always water in well.
August Planting Guide
1. Kalanchoe Sublime Piton – This new Kalanchoe is something completely different with its unique “painted”, orange and cream edged flowers. Try using it to bring a bit of “bling” to mixed succulent bowls and pots. It makes a wonderful flowering gift, just perfect for tabletop display. Piton is drought and heat tolerant making it ideal for sunny outdoor pots. It’s also versatile enough to be used as a house plant in well-lit areas. Cut out old flowering stems to encourage numerous flowering flushes throughout the year.
2. Cordyline Choc Mint – This popular Cordyline is back in stock after selling out during its initial release earlier this year. Choc Mint is a visual feast of chocolate brown and mint green variegated, sword shaped foliage. It’s a trunk forming Cordyline, eventually growing to around 2m high. Count on it to bring some delicious, architectural lines to feature pots and garden beds. A beautiful, low water user once established.
3. Daisy Super Chameleon – This latest addition to the Federation Daisy range is a real chameleon. It’s the first colour changing variety with magical, super-sized daisies which open yellow and then gradually change to hot pink. Super Chameleon is a prolific flowerer and makes a spectacular addition to feature pots and flower beds. Height to 60cm, width to 50cm.
4. Kangaroo Paw Bush Crystal – An exciting new release to the Bush Gems Range. Bush Crystal has branched stems carrying iridescent crimson-pink flowers. Long flowering over spring and summer it’s the perfect container or feature plant. The tall stems provide valuable cut flowers which hold their colour for weeks. Lovers of Bush Pearl will love this one too!
5. Philodendron Pink Princess – An Australian selection of Philodendron with unique dark green foliage which is attractively marbled with pink splashes and dots. Use as an indoor, patio or shade house plant. Pink Princess is a semi-climbing plant, so it will appreciate a short post or something to climb up. It also makes a fine basket plant.
6. Rock Roses – These hardy, small, evergreen shrubs are well suited to Perth’s climate and blend in well in sun drenched flower beds. Their showy, single petalled flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Try white flowering Cistus ladanifer or Salvifolius, rosy-pink flowering Brilliancy, or Silver Pink with grey foliage and soft pink blooms.
7. Buddleia Blue Chip Junior – Is a new release dwarf Buddleia with a compact, ground-hugging habit. The blue flower spikes are held above the foliage, giving a Salvia like effect. It should be popular in mixed flower beds, borders, baskets and pots. Prefers full sun conditions. Height to 50-60cm.
8. Polygala Little Polly – A true dwarf Polygala with a rounded compact shape to 1m. Main flowering times are spring and summer when the bush is covered with purple pea flowers. Suitable for growing in containers or as a low feature shrub or border. Trim to maintain shape. Poly what a cracker!
9. Philotheca Winter Rouge – A winter and spring flowering Wax Flower with deep pink buds opening to star-shaped, pink flowers which fade to white. Green waxy foliage is citrus scented when touched. Flowering stems make great fillers in floral arrangements. Prune after flowering to keep the plant bushy and compact. Best in full sun.