Flowering Plants

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Fabulous flowers

Plants that flower during the coolest seasons provide bees and other pollinators with a valuable source of food, as well as bringing bright happy colours into our gardens and outdoor spaces. Autumn is the perfect time to plan your late winter and spring flower show and sowing flowers from seed is an easy and economical way to achieve masses of colour.

Here are some beautiful flowers that can be sown in autumn:

Yates® Aquilegia ‘Columbine’" – sometimes called ‘Granny’s Bonnet’ these delightful cottage style plants have unusual and very attractive flowers in cream, pink, yellow and lavender combined with dainty fern-like foliage.

Yates Calendula ‘Pacific Beauty’" – taking only 10 weeks to flower, calendulas put on a bright show of apricot, yellow and orange flowers. Calendula flowers can also add some pizzazz to a salad.

Yates Chrysanthemum ‘Snowlands’ – only growing to 25 cm tall, this variety of chrysanthemum makes a perfect border plant with masses of single white flowers.

Yates Cornflower ‘Mystic Blue’" – creating a beautiful cottage meadow feel, this is a hardy, easy to grow variety that produces an abundance of beautiful double flowers in rich shades of blue.

Yates Cornflower ‘Double Mixed’" – if you can’t decide which cornflower colour to grow, this mix of pinks, blues and whites creates a gorgeous display of flowers that also makes a great cut flower.

Yates English Daisy Bellis Perennis – a traditional garden favourite with the cutest single or double button shaped flowers in shades of pink, rose and white. A quick flowering hardy daisy that also makes a delightful potted flower.

Before sowing or transplanting flowering plants into a garden bed or pot, enrich the soil or potting mix first with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Once the flower seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding with potassium fortified Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food , which contains a balanced blend of nutrients to promote healthy leaf growth as well as lots of colourful flowers.

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Stunning Sasanquas
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Camellias are a wonderfully versatile and beautiful group of plants. They can be grown as a hedge or espaliered, used as a feature plant or grown in containers, and provide gorgeous colour during the cooler months of the year, particularly in shaded areas that can be challenging to add colour to.

Sasanqua camellias, which are more sun hardy than japonica camellias, start flowering in mid to late autumn. Growing several varieties of both sasanqua and later-flowering japonica camellias can bring many months of flowers into the garden.

Colours range from white to pretty pastel pinks, reds and even yellow and there are also different flower types, including doubles, ruffled petals and single flowers with exposed stamens, which are adored by bees.

As the cooler weather approaches, here are some tips to help keep your sasanqua camellias looking fantastic:

Feeding – all camellias will love a feed during autumn with Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. It provides an organic based, potassium enriched nutrient boost to help promote healthy green leaf growth and lots of flowers.

Watering – camellias like moist but well drained soil, so water camellias regularly to keep them hydrated. Potted camellias will require more frequent watering than in-ground camellias.

Green thumb tip: If you’ve had problems with bud balling in the past (where buds form but go brown and don’t open), an application of liquid magnesium might help. Yates Leaf Greener Magnesium Chelate is a concentrated source of fast acting magnesium that can help correct magnesium deficiency in camellias.


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