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Tahitian limes

Limes

Whether you have a sweet tooth or can’t resist all things savoury, limes are a versatile citrus that can be used in sweet creations like cakes, desserts and marmalade and savoury dishes like Asian soups, salads and stir fries. They also combine deliciously with chicken and seafood.

Tahitian Limes are heavy bearing trees, growing up to 4m tall when planted in the ground or smaller when grown in a container. They’re perfect for growing in a warm courtyard or sunny balcony, where it’s very handy to then pick limes for those refreshing weekend mojitos and spritzers.

Limes, particularly potted limes, are hungry plants and should be fed regularly to promote healthy growth and a great harvest. Apply Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food every week while limes are developing their fruit or growing new foliage in spring and autumn.

Insect tip: keep an eye out for sap sucking scale insects on limes. Control scale with regular sprays of Yates Nature’s Way Pyrethrum & Oil Citrus & Ornamental Insect Gun.


Loganberries

What do you get when you cross a raspberry and a blackberry? A loganberry. They’re named after the horticulturist James Logan, who accidentally created this new hybrid. The fruit have a slightly elongated shape like a blackberry but are a dark purplish red colour, similar to raspberries.

Loganberries are soft, tangy and juicy and can be used in desserts, crumbles, cakes and drinks as well as turned into richly coloured jams and jellies — or perhaps loganberry -glazed pork chops And of course, loganberries can be enjoyed fresh with lashings of cream.

Loganberries are an ideal berry for growing at home, as they’re hard to find in supermarkets and green grocers because they don’t transport or store well — no transport issues when they’re growing in your backyard. The berries might not even make it back into the house . . .

Loganberries grow best in cool to warm temperate zones. They are a brambleberry which grow on canes up to 1.5m tall. To make maintenance easier and promote a better harvest, loganberries can be grown up between two wires on a T-shaped trellis. Look out for thornless varieties of loganberry, which will create a much less painful berry growing experience. During autumn, cut back to ground level the canes that have borne fruit, leaving fresh, newer canes to grow and provide fruit next summer. Do this each year to avoid the canes getting messy and out of control.

Loganberries prefer a slightly acidic, moist rich soil. Before planting, improve the soil with a concentrated source of rich organic matter like Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone and then reapply around the root zone every eight weeks from spring to autumn to promote lots of healthy cane growth, a strong root system and lots of plump, juicy berries.

Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone is also boosted with New Zealand seaweed, which encourages strong root development and improved plant health.

Fruit protection tip: birds will enjoy loganberries as much as you, so some bird netting may be required to protect your developing crop.

Beat the winter blues by including some fabulous flowering plants in your garden and brighten up outdoor spaces with happy pots of floral colour.


The ‘TRACTOR SEAT’ PLANT

Ligularia reniformis is known as the ‘tractor seat’ plant due to its large, green distinctively shaped leaves. They are becoming increasingly popular landscape plants, providing year round architectural interest. Ligularia can be combined very effectively with strappy leaf plants like flax, with ferns in tropical or rainforest style gardens and also incorporated in shaded woodland gardens.

Ligularias prefer part shade, though will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. The kidney shaped leaves are large and held on upright stems over a mound of shiny green foliage. During mid summer, yellow-orange flowers will appear on tall stems

They’re easy care plants with minimal fuss required. Trim back older leaves at the end of the season to help keep the plants looking tidy and promote a new flush of lush growth in spring.

Feeding ligularia every six weeks during periods of new foliage growth and flowering with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food will promote healthy growth and lots of beautiful flowers. Regular applications of Dynamic Lifter will also nurture and improve the soil and encourage earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.


WINTER WONDERLAND

Alyssum is commonly grown as a pretty little filler in amongst other flowers in pots and garden beds. It may not usually take centre stage and is often taken for granted, however alyssum is a very worthy plant to grow and makes a gorgeous border plant even when grown on its own.

Yates Alyssum Carpet of Snow is a long lasting and hardy annual that is smothered in masses of tiny honey-scented white flowers. In warm and temperate zones during June it’s as easy as scattering seed directly where they are to grow and only just covering with 2mm of loose soil or Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Firm down and keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate (which takes around two weeks) and the seedlings establish. In cool zones look for seedlings of white alyssum in your local garden centre.

Yates Alyssum Carpet of Snow grows to a petite 10cm tall and will start flowering two months after sowing. Here are some beautiful combinations with white alyssum to tempt you:

* Plant mauve violas together with alyssum in a trough or window box to create a compact and lovely pastel display.
* Combine lemon-yellow trailing pansies with alyssum in a hanging basket. The pansies will spill beautifully over the basket edge and the alyssum adds a soft fullness.
* In a garden bed or large pot, plant purple salvias at the rear and a swathe of white alyssum at the front.
* Plant white, purple and pink alyssum varieties together for a mass of colour.

Before sowing seed or transplanting seedlings, enrich the soil or potting mix beforehand by incorporating some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. It adds valuable organic matter which benefits soil structure, encourages earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms and helps hold moisture in the soil. It will also provide organic slow release nutrients to the alyssum as they establish.

Protect seedlings from damaging snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Baysol Snail & Slug Bait and then feed the alyssum plants every week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It will encourage strong healthy plants and lots of snowy white flowers. Trim the plants back regularly to help keep them tidy and encourage new growth and flowers.

Beautiful burnt orange

Bidens are a group of hardy plants in the daisy family that can bring bright warm colours into the garden. In the Bidens range from Proven Winners the golden yellow varieties Tweety and Goldilocks Rocks are now joined by the rich burnt orange Campfire. Its flowers emerge deep orange red and mature to bicolour yellow and orange.

Campfire is a vigorous plant, growing to around 20 to 30cm tall and is heat and dry tolerant. Cooler temperatures will help promote the burnt orange tones.

In warm areas, bidens can flower from winter through into spring and summer and in cool zones bidens look their best in summer.

Limes

Whether you have a sweet tooth or can’t resist all things savoury, limes are a versatile citrus that can be used in sweet creations like cakes, desserts and marmalade and savoury dishes like Asian soups, salads and stir fries. They also combine deliciously with chicken and seafood.

Tahitian Limes are heavy bearing trees, growing up to 4m tall when planted in the ground or smaller when grown in a container. They’re perfect for growing in a warm courtyard or sunny balcony, where it’s very handy to then pick limes for those refreshing weekend mojitos and spritzers.

Limes, particularly potted limes, are hungry plants and should be fed regularly to promote healthy growth and a great harvest. Apply Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food every week while limes are developing their fruit or growing new foliage in spring and autumn.

Insect tip: keep an eye out for sap sucking scale insects on limes. Control scale with regular sprays of Yates Nature’s Way Pyrethrum & Oil Citrus & Ornamental Insect Gun.


Loganberries

What do you get when you cross a raspberry and a blackberry? A loganberry. They’re named after the horticulturist James Logan, who accidentally created this new hybrid. The fruit have a slightly elongated shape like a blackberry but are a dark purplish red colour, similar to raspberries.

Loganberries are soft, tangy and juicy and can be used in desserts, crumbles, cakes and drinks as well as turned into richly coloured jams and jellies — or perhaps loganberry -glazed pork chops And of course, loganberries can be enjoyed fresh with lashings of cream.

Loganberries are an ideal berry for growing at home, as they’re hard to find in supermarkets and green grocers because they don’t transport or store well — no transport issues when they’re growing in your backyard. The berries might not even make it back into the house . . .

Loganberries grow best in cool to warm temperate zones. They are a brambleberry which grow on canes up to 1.5m tall. To make maintenance easier and promote a better harvest, loganberries can be grown up between two wires on a T-shaped trellis. Look out for thornless varieties of loganberry, which will create a much less painful berry growing experience. During autumn, cut back to ground level the canes that have borne fruit, leaving fresh, newer canes to grow and provide fruit next summer. Do this each year to avoid the canes getting messy and out of control.

Loganberries prefer a slightly acidic, moist rich soil. Before planting, improve the soil with a concentrated source of rich organic matter like Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone and then reapply around the root zone every eight weeks from spring to autumn to promote lots of healthy cane growth, a strong root system and lots of plump, juicy berries.

Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone is also boosted with New Zealand seaweed, which encourages strong root development and improved plant health.

Fruit protection tip: birds will enjoy loganberries as much as you, so some bird netting may be required to protect your developing crop.

Beat the winter blues by including some fabulous flowering plants in your garden and brighten up outdoor spaces with happy pots of floral colour.


The ‘TRACTOR SEAT’ PLANT

Ligularia reniformis is known as the ‘tractor seat’ plant due to its large, green distinctively shaped leaves. They are becoming increasingly popular landscape plants, providing year round architectural interest. Ligularia can be combined very effectively with strappy leaf plants like flax, with ferns in tropical or rainforest style gardens and also incorporated in shaded woodland gardens.

Ligularias prefer part shade, though will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. The kidney shaped leaves are large and held on upright stems over a mound of shiny green foliage. During mid summer, yellow-orange flowers will appear on tall stems

They’re easy care plants with minimal fuss required. Trim back older leaves at the end of the season to help keep the plants looking tidy and promote a new flush of lush growth in spring.

Feeding ligularia every six weeks during periods of new foliage growth and flowering with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food will promote healthy growth and lots of beautiful flowers. Regular applications of Dynamic Lifter will also nurture and improve the soil and encourage earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.


WINTER WONDERLAND

Alyssum is commonly grown as a pretty little filler in amongst other flowers in pots and garden beds. It may not usually take centre stage and is often taken for granted, however alyssum is a very worthy plant to grow and makes a gorgeous border plant even when grown on its own.

Yates Alyssum Carpet of Snow is a long lasting and hardy annual that is smothered in masses of tiny honey-scented white flowers. In warm and temperate zones during June it’s as easy as scattering seed directly where they are to grow and only just covering with 2mm of loose soil or Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Firm down and keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate (which takes around two weeks) and the seedlings establish. In cool zones look for seedlings of white alyssum in your local garden centre.

Yates Alyssum Carpet of Snow grows to a petite 10cm tall and will start flowering two months after sowing. Here are some beautiful combinations with white alyssum to tempt you:

* Plant mauve violas together with alyssum in a trough or window box to create a compact and lovely pastel display.
* Combine lemon-yellow trailing pansies with alyssum in a hanging basket. The pansies will spill beautifully over the basket edge and the alyssum adds a soft fullness.
* In a garden bed or large pot, plant purple salvias at the rear and a swathe of white alyssum at the front.
* Plant white, purple and pink alyssum varieties together for a mass of colour.

Before sowing seed or transplanting seedlings, enrich the soil or potting mix beforehand by incorporating some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. It adds valuable organic matter which benefits soil structure, encourages earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms and helps hold moisture in the soil. It will also provide organic slow release nutrients to the alyssum as they establish.

Protect seedlings from damaging snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Baysol Snail & Slug Bait and then feed the alyssum plants every week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It will encourage strong healthy plants and lots of snowy white flowers. Trim the plants back regularly to help keep them tidy and encourage new growth and flowers.

Beautiful burnt orange

Bidens are a group of hardy plants in the daisy family that can bring bright warm colours into the garden. In the Bidens range from Proven Winners the golden yellow varieties Tweety and Goldilocks Rocks are now joined by the rich burnt orange Campfire. Its flowers emerge deep orange red and mature to bicolour yellow and orange.

Campfire is a vigorous plant, growing to around 20 to 30cm tall and is heat and dry tolerant. Cooler temperatures will help promote the burnt orange tones.

In warm areas, bidens can flower from winter through into spring and summer and in cool zones bidens look their best in summer.

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