Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Warm Days Add New Life to Your Home

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Warm Days Add New Life to Your Home

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AT THE moment, I'm giving in to temptation. I simply can't resist the spectacular array of spring flowers filling nurseries. As the excitement of this sensual season takes hold, I'm taking the opportunity to add some floral flair to the garden. I'm also buying some colourful containers to match my plant purchases.

The new pink lavender (Lavandula C[pounds sterling]The Princess LavenderC[yen]) is a great example of what's on offer. It starts flowering in late winter and continues through spring and into early summer. Pink lavender is neat and compact, with large, vibrant flowers that sit above its aromatic grey foliage. It is ideal for pots and small garden beds, when planted in a sunny or partly shaded area.

Three new butterfly bushes (Buddleia) have just emerged. The Buzz series has reinvented the butterfly bush, with a compact height of 1Co1.2m, instead of the usual 2Co4m. Check out Buzz Sky Blue, Buzz Ivory and Buzz Purple, which feature large, scented flower heads that attract butterflies and bees. Suited to sun or semi-shade, butterfly bushes produce longlasting colour in small gardens.

Gaura C[pounds sterling]Lillipop BlushC[yen] is a wonderful performer. Like other gauras, it is everything you want in a plant: tough, trouble-free and very generous with its blooms. The butterfly like, blush pink flowers are held on maroon stems above green foliage from spring to autumn. Lillipop Blush is a dwarf, compact plant suited to pots and small gardens. Give it sun and when the flowers fade, prune the top growth back to the crown and fertilise the plant. You'll soon be rewarded with another long flush of flowers.

Verbena C[pounds sterling]Twister PinkC[yen] is also a stunner. The flower heads take on a twisted look because the upper two petals of each individual flower are vibrant pink, while the other three are white. …

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