Trees & Shrubs

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Summer gardening

Gardens can suffer from heat stress or lack of water or both (!) during our long hot summers. We can’t change the weather but there are a few things we can do to help protect our gardens during December and January.

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Butterfly bliss

Buddlejas are flowering shrubs that provide many months of gorgeous honey scented flowers which attract butterflies, hence their common name of ‘butterfly bush’. The blooms are also loved by other insects and birds. Compact varieties called ‘Buddleja Buzz™’ have been introduced by www.provenwinners.com.au which grow to around 1m tall, so they’re ideal for smaller gardens and also look fantastic in large pots. Buddleja flowers can be cut for a vase display, so you can bring their beautiful colour and fragrance indoors too.

Buddleja Buzz come in a range of very pretty varieties, including gorgeous pale blue ‘Sky Blue’, creamy white ‘Ivory’, mid pink ‘Velvet’, mauve ‘Purple Blush’, pastel ‘Soft Pink’, dark purple ‘Midnight’ and the new vibrant pink ‘Hot Raspberry’. They will grow in a sunny spot but are also happy with morning and late afternoon shade. Buddleja Buzz will tolerate temperatures down to 5 deg C but can be damaged by heavy frosts.

Buddleja Buzz require minimal pruning though will benefit from the older growth being trimmed back after flowering. After pruning, help promote a fresh flush of new growth by applying some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone and water in well. It’s also a good time to top up or apply mulch around plants. Mulch will help reduce moisture loss from the soil and also adds a finishing look to the garden.

Check out the latest summer edition of Growing With You, Click below to view full screen.

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