Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Old Favourites and New Releases! Nursery Industry Trade Day Reveals a Treasure Trove of Spring Beauty

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Old Favourites and New Releases! Nursery Industry Trade Day Reveals a Treasure Trove of Spring Beauty

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Byline: THE GARDEN BECKONS wellsleyhorticultural@gmail.com

THIS week saw yet another successful Nursery and Garden Industry of Queensland Spring Trade Day held at the horticulture facility of TAFE Queensland Southwest.

The trade day is conducted to allow wholesale producers of plants to display their wares for the many retail plant outlets in the region.

This week's event was well attended by wholesalers and buyers from Queensland and NSW and didn't disappoint, with the most avid plant lover well catered for with many old favourites as well as a good number of exciting new release plants for sale.

1. Lavandula 'Salvation' was one of an exciting number of Australian bred lavenders on display last week.

There are 11 varieties of these tough, drought tolerant beauties in the "Lavender Patch" range. 'Salvation', like most lavenders, prefers a full sun position with well-drained soil.

It will grow to 70cm H x 70cm W, and flowers for an extended period from late winter.

2. Just when you think it's safe to go back into the garden, yet another selection of marguerite daisies hit the local garden centres!

Over many years, gardeners have been spoilt by the range of Federation Daisies from which to choose.

Well, there's a number of new varieties out and they're hard to resist.

This is Argyranthemum 'Superior Purple', one of six daisies in the Federation Daisy "Super Sized" range.

The flowers are up to 7cm in diameter, borne on a compact 60cm h x 45cm w bush.

Ideal for pots, borders and cottage gardens.

3. If you're a wily gardener looking to maximise production from your small backyard or even smaller patio or balcony, why not try this newer variety of dwarf Meyer lemon, 'Lemonicious'?

It'll perform beautifully in a good quality potting mix and a full sun position. …

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