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We’ve got some great gardening tips for you to do this summer … where do you go for all your gardening must-haves in the City of Gold?
The five best summer flowers for sunny beds are alyssum, bedding dahlias, bedding salvia (Salvia splendens), marigolds and zinnia.
In shady areas plant impatiens, coleus with its colourful leaves, mimulus, delphiniums, lobelia, and foxgloves.
Trim daisy bushes, keep on pinching back fuchsias and take cuttings of pelargoniums.
All plants will benefit from deep watering twice a week, however, while water restrictions are in place, you can only water between 6pm and 6am with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can. If you have an irrigation system, it should be turned off and you may not use a sprinkler.
Fertilize towards the middle of the month to replace nutrients taken up by the rapid growth of plants. It will also give them strength to keep on flowering.
Annuals and bedding plants benefit from a liquid fertilizer twice a month while perennials, shrubs and groundcovers can be given a single application of a granular fertilizer like Vigorosa 5:1:5 (25). Hydrangeas can be fertilized with the pink or blue hydrangea food.
Renew mulch if necessary. It encourages earthworms, keeps the roots cool and reduces evaporation. Spread acid compost underneath azaleas and hydrangeas and if possible, cover that with a light layer of pine needles.
Water shrubs and trees if there’s no rainfall. Spring flowering shrubs that have finished flowering can be trimmed and shaped.