Flowering Plants

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Seeing Red

If you’re after vibrant colour in late winter then look out for the ‘Madeira™’ range of argyranthemums from Colourwave®, including richly coloured ‘Red Double’ (pictured right). Often known as Marguerite Daisies, they can be grown as part of a cottage style garden, mixed with plants like nemesia, lavender and salvia or planted en-masse along pathways as a flowering border.

They also make a pretty container plant. The ‘Madeira’ range are quick to grow and will reach around 30 cm high and 40 cm wide. They’re hardy perennials that like growing in a full sun position and once established they will tolerate light frosts. Water regularly during dry periods and lightly trim the plants back regularly to keep them tidy and encourage a fresh flush of foliage and flowers.

To promote a healthy plant that’s smothered in flowers, feed regularly with a fast acting liquid fertiliser like Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s boosted with potassium to promote lots of gorgeous flowers.

Beautiful burnt orange

Bidens are a group of hardy plants in the daisy family that can bring bright warm colours into the garden. In the Bidens range from Aussie Winners the golden yellow varieties ‘Flair’ and ‘Goldilocks Rocks’ are now joined by the rich burnt orange ‘Campfire’.

Its flowers emerge deep orange red and mature to bicolour yellow and orange. ‘Campfire’ is a vigorous plant, growing to around 20 to 30 cm tall and is heat and dry tolerant. Cooler temperatures will help promote the burnt orange tones.

In warm areas, bidens can flower from winter through into spring and summer and in cool zones bidens look their best during the warmer months.

Bidens ‘Campfire’ loves a full sun spot in a garden bed and looks fantastic when planted along the edge of a retaining wall. ‘Campfire’ also looks stunning when grown in a pot and when combined with other ‘hot coloured’ flowers and foliage, makes a real statement.

Try Bidens ‘Campfire’ with yellow or orange petunias or calibrachoa and create a fireball of colour like the container recipe from Proven Winners (www.provenwinners.com) called ‘Honeybelle’ or throw colour caution to the wind and go colour crazy by mixing ‘Campfire’ with purple or blue lobelia.

When planting Bidens ‘Campfire’ into pots or hanging baskets, start with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix and feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

It’s boosted with extra potassium, the key nutrient that encourages flowering. Lightly trim your colourful creation regularly, which will promote a tidier look and new flushes of flowers.

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