Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Colourful Solution; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Colourful Solution; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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Byline: NEIL FISHER

LOCAL HYBRID: Mussaenda Capricorn Dream has spectacular bright red bracts surrounding small lemon flowers and will grow to 1.5-2m in full sun to semi-shade.

EACH Thursday I start planning my next Garden Column; sometimes it easy to select that week's column and other weeks it is a challenge.

Last Thursday I had no planned topic. I had to travel for a number of Friday meetings and added to the mix is a cyclone.

So I am in Middlemount waiting for conformation of my meeting looking across a garden of blooming Bangkok Roses, Garden Column solved.

The Mussaenda or Bangkok Rose is a plant that has been a star performer this summer. Handling the occasional wet days and even flourishing during the hottest weather.

The colourful Mussaenda is native to Asia, so this summer was more like its natural climate. Driving around most towns in Central Queensland at the moment you will notice some of these shrubs producing spectacular colour displays.

Middlemount would be one of the region's prettiest towns, with many attractive gardens. The town seems to be able to grow wide range of plants and no matter time of year there is always plenty of colour.

Mussaendas have been grown in Central Queensland for many years, but it is when you see these plants in bloom you take notice.

If you create a visual display in your garden try a mass planting of Mussaenda Calcutta Sunset that has large gold and orange double bracts with Mussaenda Dona Aurora and its large creamy white double bracts.

Or Mussaenda Luz with large deep pink double bracts and Mussaenda Queen Sirikit with its large pale creamy pink edged with reddish pink double bracts.

Mussaenda Queen Sirikit was named to commemorate the first visit of the Queen of Thailand to the Philippines in the 1970s.

Did you know the Mussaenda's beautiful floral colours are not flowers, but from the bracts which surround the flowers? …

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