Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

An Explosion of; It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas - in the Vibrant Hues of the Garden

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

An Explosion of; It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas - in the Vibrant Hues of the Garden

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EVEN with the warm/hot weather having arrived, I'm sure everyone will agree that this is just a wonderful time of the year. All of our very colourful trees, shrubs and annuals are bursting into flower, proving there can be no better place on earth to celebrate the wonderful Christmas season.

Wherever you look there are flowers ranging from daisies, petunias, and nasturtiums to frangipani with their magnificently perfumed flowers, bougainvilleas, purple or pink tibouchinas and many delightful natives including kangaroo paws, ivory curl and firewheel trees and so much more. Where else in the world can you imagine such an extraordinary range of flowers coming up to Christmas.

To top it off, this week, driving down into Howard St from Petrie Creek Rd, there was the pictured royal poinciana, Delonix regia, providing a magnificent display, good enough to stop traffic.

People with gardens of every size from acreage to balconies can include some of the large range of agapanthus available these days, and these tough growers are performing magnificently.

There are of course, many different blue forms from dainty dwarfs to very large flower heads, whites, and the delightful Summer Gold with green-centred yellow strap leaves that frame the lovely blue heads of flowers that stand about 40cm tall above the plant. The variegated foliage of these provides a lovely show all year round, and when grown with a background of richly flowering shrubs eg some of the many forms of Bambino bougainvilleas that flower several times each year, or the rich green foliaged Little John bottle brush with dark red flowers in spring and autumn, you'd create a beautiful effect.

Summer Gold also makes an outstanding potted feature when grown in a sunny position in the garden or open patio, providing the opportunity to move it around to add to different areas.

Another delightful agapanthus is Queen Mum and without being able to explain exactly why, the name really suits this variety. …

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