Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Creepers Become Spectacular

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Creepers Become Spectacular

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AFTER one of the longest winters in many years, the warmer nights we had during the past few days have triggered spectacular floral blooms across the region. Most noticeable would the creepers, since both winter and spring bloomers are just a mass of flowers in this past week.

One the most useful types of plants used in the garden would have to be the creeper. Around this time of year you seem have more outdoor activities in your garden.

This is the time when you may find a gap or open spot along your fencelike or you may have an untidy embankment. Using a fast-growing creeper to fill in that space can be achieved quickly and easily. The next question that is always asked is: which creeper is more suitable, floral or perfumed? Well, in this region we are blessed with a large range of hardy creepers. The following are in flower now.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae or Bleeding Heart Vine is a vigorous climber with trusses of contrasting white and red flowers. It requires warmth and humidity and filtered light. Keep moist, but not wet and fertilise regularly. While many gardeners dislike this creeper in many western areas of Central Queensland, I find this creeper grows well when given plenty of support.

Jasminum polyanthum is a richly fragrant, hardy evergreen climber, with a vigorous, twining habit. It has small leaves and its large clusters of pink buds open to highly perfumed white star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring. It will grow in most soils in full sun or part shade and is also suitable for windy sites.

Petrea volubilis, or Purple Wreath, a woody creeper that is truly spectacular when flowering with racemes of blue and violet flowers. After the flower falls, the dusty blue calyx remains on the stalks for weeks later, giving another colourful display. When selecting positions to grow this plant, remember it requires rich, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine. …

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