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Water Wise Gardening

Surviving weeks without water, AgapanthusWith water restrictions a reality one has to think about your garden a bit differently than normally but that does not mean you can’t garden and create your haven in which to escape the heat at the end of the day. Become a Water Wise gardener with Eckards.

Have you noticed how some plants in your garden seem to be flourishing even with less water and no rain? Those are the champions of the drought garden. When it comes to water wise plants we have a few favourites such as Agapanthus, they will easily go without water for a few weeks and the bounce back after a good soaking. Bougainvilleas are looking better than ever, Day Lilies are better this year and even some roses are even better than they were in spring.

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Gardening with blue

Cascading Blue ConvolvulusOctober is one of those times of the year where we start to enjoy the work we put in over the past spring as the garden starts to burst into summer. After the heady yellow and orange flowers from the early spring garden it’s time for the blue flowers to take over. Blue is often associated with serenity, calm and spirituality. Especially in the later part of the afternoon, blue flowers seem to do just that, which makes the garden a haven to retreat to after a busy day.

Being out and about in the garden centre we’ve seen loads of blue flowers to inspire so here are some of the beauties we think you should consider.

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Impatiens in every shade

Impatiens are the Queen of colour in the shade gardenNothing says summer quite like Impatiens. These attractive shade annuals got their botanical name from Latin referring to their seed pod which explodes when they ripen, shooting their sticky seeds far and wide.

They originate in East Africa and are indigenous to Zanzibar but the ones we see today are hybrids from many years of cross breeding to give larger flowers and in solid colours.

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Planting colour for summer

Snaps are just one of our favouritesHere at Eckards we have many favourites for colour all summer. Nothing quite compares to colour in the garden. Colour outside sets the mood similarly to how it would indoors and with clothing trends but with the big difference being that colour in the garden is alive! Flowers and foliage colour can add energy to a space and can also be used to calm an area down or to even make one feel cool and relaxed.

This is achieved by planting yellow, orange and red flowering bedding plants to energise a space and ignite passion and look to the colours of blue, pink and purple to bring an air of calm and romance to the garden. White is a contrasting colour in the garden and will either serve to highlight the other colours and amplify their energy or when used on its own it lifts the greens and adds light to darker spaces.

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