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Indigenous Clivia love the shadeGrow the best spring selection. I have always been passionate about plants and growing things. Every spring I get what I call #GardeningGooseBumps when I see or smell some of my favourites. Then the new seasons selection arrive and the growers release something we haven’t seen for many years and I get all excited all over again. It’s hard to stop at one favourite for me... here’s what caught my eye this spring... so far...


Clivia for the shade

Clivia are collectable with unusual coloursIndigenous Clivia will perform well planted in the garden or in containers in a shady spot and normally flower from the end of August through September. They do best in well drained soil and will handle most water conditions just not wet feet. Clivia’s will not do well in full sun, although they can tolerate some early morning sun. The plants will do well under trees or against an east facing wall.

Feeding of your Clivia’s improves flowering and the number of flowers. We recommend feeding them with BioOcean, an organic flowering fertiliser which will help for strong growth as well as flower production. Always add bone meal at planting for strong root development. For Clivia’s in containers, a liquid feed such as Nitrosol or Multifeed Classic every ten to fourteen days will help you grow the best.


The Mirror Bush

The mirror bush - Pacific SunsetGrowing in half sun to full sun the Mirror Bush has made a big comeback. Coprosma as it is also known is a foliage shrub with a glossy reflective leaf. They do exceptionally well in containers and can be clipped to shape as topiary or just left to spill over the edge.

They like regular watering through summer but suffer a bit if you have clay or water logged soil. There are a few colours to choose from red to pink variegated tones and they are great to add to a mixed planting for contrast foliage. The creamy and white varieties like Marble Chips will lift the shady areas with their colour and glossy leaf.


Lavender Dwarf Anouk White

Dwarf Lavender Anouk WhiteThe days of whether it is French, Spanish or English lavender are gone. There are so many hybrids and different varieties one can scarcely tell the origin these days. Plant the ones you like and we recommend always buying them in flower or showing colour to make sure it will do what you want it to do.

Lavender is well suited to containers with many dwarf varieties available. The Dwarf Anouk range of lavenders is available in three colours, White, Deep Purple and Pink. We love them all.

Remember that lavender prefers a sunny spot and best of all is water wise too.


Lady Marmalade

The citrus orange colour flowers on the Marmalade BushOnly available for a few months every spring because they are so difficult to find but growing in the garden all year round the Marmalade Bush is an old fashioned shrub that really stands out. The Marmalade Bush, Streptosolen Jamesonii is an evergreen shrub with a spreading habit. Clip it to shape or allow it to fill a sun to half sun spot in the middle of the garden bed. Growing around a metre square it will need some protection from the coldest frost.

Flowering right through spring and early summer the flowers start out yellow or light-orange when they first open, then deepen to a darker-orange and red as they mature. Gardening for wildlife then you must have one of these beauties. Attracting butterflies and birds makes them rock stars in our books.

TIP: By planting plants that look good at different times of the year one can layer the garden to look good all year with various points of interest.

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