Flowering Plants

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Bring another dimension into your garden

Bright Osteospermums (Osteospermum ecklonis) have featured in people’s gardens for many years and recent clever plant breeding has seen the introduction of some fabulous new varieties, including the 3D range from Ball Australia.

Osteospermum ‘3D’ has a distinctive, slightly raised bed of larger florets in the centre of the flower head that resembles a pom-pom. These two tone flowers create an eye catching double colour impact. And with blooms that stay open all day and all night, and last from spring through to early autumn, they make for fantastic cut flowers, wonderful in the landscape and picture perfect in containers.

Growing to 30 – 40 cm in height and up to 60 cm wide, they form a low ball shaped shrub. They’re fast growing plants that love a full sun position, are tolerant of extreme weather conditions.

There is a wide range of stunning 3D Osteospermums available, to suit every garden colour design, from golden yellow, cooling blues and pretty pinks. These include deliciously named ‘Banana Shake’, pastel yellow and white ‘Lemon Ice’, gorgeous ‘Blueberry’, vibrant ‘Violet Berry’ and colourful ‘Red’.

To help keep osteospermums growing healthy green foliage and producing masses of flowers, feed plants with Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. Apply around the root zone every 6-8 weeks of both in- ground and potted osteospermums.

Osteospermum 3D information and images courtesy of Ball Australia.

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Cool Salvias
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Salvias are gorgeous cottage style flowering perennials and many are looking their absolute best during April.

The ‘So Cool’ range of salvias from Plant Growers Australia are compact, low maintenance salvias with striking flower colours in shades of blue and purple. The plants are covered in a profusion of insect pollinator and bird attracting flowers and their foliage is also wonderfully aromatic.

So Cool ‘Violet’ and So Cool ‘Lilac’ are perfect both in mixed border plantings and containers and once established they’re dry and frost tolerant.

Growing to around 70 cm tall and up to 1 m wide, they’ll quickly fill a sunny spot in the garden, making them ideal fast result plants for new gardens. And by pruning after the main flowering flush in spring, ‘So Cool’ salvias will continue to produce more flowers throughout the warmer months.

To help keep salvias healthy and promote lots of beautiful cool-toned flowers, apply Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone every 6-8 weeks of both in-ground and potted salvias. Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food contains a special combination of more than 50% natural ingredients, boosted with fast acting fertilisers, including flower-promoting potassium, to encourage both vigorous green leaf growth and masses of flowers.


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