News

Aussie Winners deliver with top quality plants

How well Hot Pink lives up to its name.
How well Hot Pink lives up to its name. Contributed

AUSSIE Winners is the apt name for the group of plant breeders who provide us with an enormous range of new or improved plants at very regular intervals.

These Aussie Winner plants - trees, climbers, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, flowering and/or perfumed can be relied upon to have improved performances and exceptional growth characteristics, and are easy to care for specimens.

This week, we bring you two which we're sure you will enjoy in your own gardens, and the first of these is one that has been around long enough to prove its claims - a marguerite daisy named Argyranthemum "polly".

Polly is certainly a hardy, healthy, lovely compact plant for borders, with green-blue foliage and pure white petalled daisies with a rich golden yellow eye.

Those in our garden flower right through the warm weather from spring through into early autumn, and one of their special attributes is they are self cleaning, requiring no dead heading to keep them look good and producing more flowers.

The second special plant is one of everyone's favourite native shrubs, the Callistemon.

This one is known as "hot pink" and what a beauty it is. Growing about 1.5m tall and 1m wide, hot pink has strong, straight branches ensuring the flowers will be easy to use in floral arrangements, and these mainly appear in spring, with a scattering during autumn.

Now is a good time to get them in and growing, ensuring a well grown bush covered in flowers in the coming spring.

They do best in a sunny situation with well-drained, fertile soil. They should be watered in well at planting time, and kept moist until they have established in their new home.

Hot Pink can be pruned to produce a good shape and size, and this should be done following the major flowering in spring. Add mulch about 5cm deep to conserve moisture, and keep the soil cooler for the surface roots.

They will also appreciate the addition of a well-balanced fertiliser coming into spring.

Consider growing a group of these as a centrepiece in an oval garden bed, with a border of Argyranthemum polly. What a delightful display that would make.

Then again, if you have a balcony or patio you'd like to decorate, these do well in pots, and could be multi-planted in a wide pot to contain both the Callistemon and two or three Argyranthemums, or singly to arrange as you wish.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  flowers, gardening, lifestyle, plants




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

BLAIR: Neumann dominates early as One Nation impresses

The 2016 federal election polling day. Member for Blair Shayne Neumann and his wife Carolyn cast their vote at City Hope Church, Ripley.

"In some booths One Nation is almost beating the Liberals."

WRIGHT: Buchholz holds half the votes as counting begins

Scott Buchholz casted his vote in Laidley this morning. Photo: Contributed.

POLLING has closed and votes are being counted.

OXLEY: Major parties battle it out

Labor's Milton Dick is leading with 42.71%

Latest deals and offers

How Wright voted

Wright voters. Brian Fletcher - Scott.

How did people vote in the electorate of Wright.

Ipswich hits the polls

Ipswich voters hit the polls for the 2016 federal election.

Junior trio prepare for first cage fight

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White, 11, prepare for their first ever cage fight.

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White...

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four