Winter flowers

2016-06-15 06:00
‘Phantastic Flox’.

‘Phantastic Flox’.

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FOR those who have enough water to keep their garden going through winter, two colourful flowers are suggested for planting - Primulas and Phlox. Phlox flower throughout the year and tolerate cold weather.

Primula seedlings should be planted green (before flowers appear) and now is the perfect time to plant, do not leave it later than mid-May to plant these seedlings.

Fairy Primrose make a wonderful display when planted en masse. Due to their height, they are a good filler for the middle to back section of flower beds. In containers and hanging baskets they can be used to create a vertical accent and are perfect for shady areas although they can tolerate dappled morning sun.

It is a plant that thrives in the cool, short days of winter and early spring. They prefer soil that is rich in organic matter so it is important that you add compost to the soil before planting. Keep the soil moist, but not sodden and pay particular attention to watering if in pots or baskets.

They are sturdy plants, and once established, require no attention beyond the occasional dead heading.

If in beds, a soluble multi-feed, used every six weeks is adequate. Monthly feeding is preferable if in containers or hanging baskets. This feeding will ensure prolific blooming and healthy, strong plants that are wonderful for attracting butterflies.

Phlox have an extremely neat and compact growth habit and well suited to container growing, for edging borders or for planting in a rockery. Phlox varieties perform best in well drained compost enriched soil. Be sure to water regularly but do not overwater as this will cause them to rot. - Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more, go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za

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