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Autumn turns to winter

Over the next few weeks autumn will quickly end as winter sets in. Itís also the time of the year to get the garden ready for winter and spring colour by planting out some bedding plants and looking at shrubs and perennials that flower now and will do so every year thereby extending the interest in the landscape.

 

 

 

The cooler temperatures make natures planting time exciting for us not only because of the change of bedding plants but because there are a wide selection of indigenous plants that make their appearance in the garden now. Two of our favourites to look out for are perfect for adding to your garden now. The Ribbon Bush Ė Hypoestes - are perfect for small gardens as they will handle everything from semi-shade to sun and flower on mass in purple or white. Growing as a small shrub around a meter square they also look great planted in groupings under trees or as a hedge along a low wall responding well to being clipped to shape.

 

The Namaqualand is world renown for the display it produces in late winter and you can have that on your pavement or a sunny winter dry patch in your garden. African Daisies are an indigenous treasure requiring a little attention to get them growing and the absolutely minimal care for the rest of the season. By simply turning the soil raking even and broadcasting the seeds, roughly rake again and water in well, they are set to give you a cheerful display. Donít add fertiliser or compost and only water daily till germinated. After that just water them once a week to every second week, if you remember.

 

They prefer a less rich soil and survive best with near drought conditions, just like the Namaqualand. Plant a show of yellow or orange and if you want a bright contrast consider the white; they sparkle in the winter sun.

 

Plant Primroses

English Primroses sometimes also called Primulets are wonderful this time of the year. They flower in shade for months and are well suited to compliment a specimen plant as a carpet of colour below or even as a colourful bowl which can be used as a table bowl or centre piece on the patio. Available in various colours their bold flowers look like bright buttons in a posy of green leaves. Naturally found in the forests of England they like a rich soil and cool growing condition to perform at their best. Water once to twice a week and feed every second week with Multifeed Flowergro to keep them looking fabulous.

 

Moth Orchids make a great gift

Phalaenopsis orchid commonly called the Moth Orchids are a wonderful gift to give or receive and are incredibly easy to look after. Grown indoors Moth orchids enjoy a spot near a bright window and this time of the year they will last easily for a few months in flower. You'll want to avoid direct mid-day sun, near an east facing window is ideal and make sure that the plants roots are not sitting in water. Feed with Pokon Orchid food every two weeks to ensure good flowering, remembering to not get any water on the flowers as this will shorten their longevity.

 

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