Bold, bright and beautiful

2016-12-14 06:02
 Celosias are exceptionally hardy little plants, very wind-tolerant.

Celosias are exceptionally hardy little plants, very wind-tolerant.

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IF bold, bright and beautiful is what you are after, then December’s companions are right up your alley.
Celosia offers a colour feast of red, orange, yellow, hot pink, rose, mahogany and magenta, which are vivid and remain so for about eight weeks while portulaca, is available in scarlet, pink, orange and yellow.

Celosias are exceptionally hardy little plants, very wind- tolerant, so a particularly good choice for gardens exposed to strong winds as well as coastal gardens. These plants require full sun and well draining soil - they are perfect for borders, in beds, to fill gaps in rockeries or even to brighten up sunny patio pots.

Celosias prefer to grow slightly drier rather than wetter.
Try not to plant them with other annuals or plants that require regular watering, especially using an automated sprinkler system - celosia are also prone to root fungus, which is just one more reason to keep the watering to a minimum.

Blooming time normally lasts about eight weeks and can be stretched even longer with deadheading.

Plant portulacas in rockeries, hanging baskets, pots, between stepping stones and even as a ground cover. Their eye-catching colours will make any of these areas impossible to miss.
There is no need to deadhead portulacas, but giving them a good haircut in late summer when they get leggy will afford you another blooming burst in autumn.
An added feature, which not many people are aware of, is that they attract bees in their droves.

Angelonia, also known as summer snap dragons, is the pot choice for December and are perfect for hot summer gardens.
The colours are cool offering a range of colours from lilac and purple to pink and even white.
Angelonia need little water to establish themselves and are care-free continuous bloomers that spread to approximately 30cm at maturity.
- Bedding Plant Growers Association.

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