Flowering Plants

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Warm zone gardeners can sow seed of some fabulous vibrant flowers during July, so come spring time the garden will be a festival of colour.

Zinnia

Yates® Zinnia ‘Lilliput’ is a compact fully double, dome-shaped zinnia with brightly coloured flowers that sit on top of upright stems that grow to around 50 cm tall. This is an ideal zinnia for picking for a vase and bees also adore the flowers.

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Portulaca
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Yates Portulaca ‘Sun Dancer’ has masses of large, double long-lasting blooms in a range of vivid colours. Portulaca are hardy annual plants that are ideal for pots or massed plantings and will flower in just 6 weeks after sowing.

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Second Chance Sweet Peas
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If you missed your opportunity to sow sweet pea seeds during autumn, you can still grow this simply delightful flower by planting seedlings.

Look out for Bijou sweet pea seedlings from Oasis in your local garden centre. Bijou is a dwarf variety that produces masses of sweetly fragrant, pastel coloured blooms on compact, bushy plants.

It’s low growing habit means that it doesn’t require a support to grow on and is perfect for growing in a pot or hanging basket as well as in a sunny garden bed.
Watch out for snails and slugs, which can target delicate young sweet pea seedlings.

A light scattering of Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets around the base of the seedlings will help protect them from damage.

To encourage healthy stem and leaf growth as well as lots of beautiful flowers, feed sweet peas each fortnight with a potassium enriched liquid fertiliser like Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

To keep sweet peas flourishing, remove spent flowers regularly, which not only helps to keep the plants looking tidy but will also help to prolong to flower show. Don’t forget to cut a bunch of sweet pea flowers for a vase, as they make a gorgeous and scented indoor display.

As sweet pea plants age they can be susceptible to powdery mildew, which is a disease that appears as a white talcum powder like covering over the leaves.

Infected leaves will gradually yellow and die. Powdery mildew can be controlled with fortnightly sprays of Yates Rose Gun Black Spot And Insect Killer, which contains a systemic fungicide that moves through the plant’s sap system to target common diseases like powdery mildew.


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