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JUNE IN THE GARDEN

Colour your garden for winter!  We have oodles of fantastic foliage and flower colour to brighten your garden.

New season roses arrive Thursday, June 1st - come in and choose an all-time favourite or maybe something new!

FLOWER GARDEN

For gorgeous autumn/winter flowers plant rhododendrons, azaleas, Pieris (Lily of the Valley), camelias, ericas (white, pink or red) ... all are looking stunning now!

ROSES:
Plant new season roses!  Ensure that you dig in plenty of 'magic' compost and sheep pellets at the time of planting and add a slow release rose fertiliser.

To view our large, comprehensive 
2018 Rose Collection click here

ANNUALS:
Remove summer annuals that have now finished flowering and plant new annual seedlings for spectacular colour in your winter garden. The colours and varieties are many - pansy, viola, primula, polyanthus, stock, poppy, snapdragon, dianthus, delphiniums ...

PERENNIALS:
Plant perennials  - Perennial, alstroemerials, wall flowers and  Hellebores (winter rose).


CONTAINER PLANTING:
Hanging baskets or pots filled with colourful flowers will brighten your patios and verandahs over the winter months. We have a large selection of pots in many shapes and colours.

KITCHEN GARDEN

For winter kitchen garden harvests, plant:

Garlic, broadbeans, winter lettuce, onions, beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower ...

Herb favourites - parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, chives ...

Add more goodness to the soil when replanting - dig in ican Real Blood & Bone, sheep pellets, and compost or vege mix.

ican Ocean Grow is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing.

The cold of winter is no reason not to have salads - plant seedlings in a container with fresh potting mix and place in a warm sheltered spot.

A greenhouse is great for growing your favourite veges all year round - come and see the top quality range of Winter Gardenz Greenhouses we have available.

To replenish soil nutrients and improve soil structure plant green crops of mustard or lupin in areas of the vege garden that will not be used over winter.

To view our 
Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here or call in for a copy.

FRUIT, CITRUS, BERRIES

Strawberry plants are available now and this is the best time to plant - plant in the garden bed, vege patch or in hanging baskets and planter towers!

Plant citrus trees and keep healthy during winter with fruit from your own garden - mandarins, oranges, lemons and limes!  

Maintain your regular fruit tree spray programme.  It is important to spray with the correct product at the correct time so please ask one of our knowledgeable staff, come in for your copy of our "Fruiting Plants Health Care Programme" or click here.

TREES & SHRUBS

Plant new trees and shrubs!  Stake for support if required and fertilise with slow fertiliser tablets:

For the birds plant - Coprosma, Corokia, Five Finger, Flax, Grevillea, Kaka-Beak, Kowhai,  Pohutukawa, Protea,  Rewarewa, Viburnum, Waratah ...

Plant new hedges.  Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, Corokia, Teucrium, and NZ's favourite Griselinia Broadway Mint!

Plant:
Leucadendrons - many varieties available giving great winter colour and they're fantastic for floral work.
Nandina Gulf Stream - spectacular foliage display.

Box Hedging - spray with Grosafe Free Flo Copper and Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil to prevent the spread of Box Blight (Japanese Box is far more resistant than English Box to Box Blight).

Now is the time to move any trees or shrubs if you need to, so they can establish over winter.

TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Beautifully shaped standards make spectacular landscape features - camellia, michellia, laurel ...
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited.
Cercis Forest Pansy
Flowering Crab Apples look stunning and have luscious bright red fruit which are great for jellies and preserves.
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus are ideal for small gardens and also grow well in pots and containers and yield an abundance of fruit.

GENERAL / MAINTENANCE

Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production.

Fertilise with liquid ican Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or the Yates Citrus Food, Strawberry Food and Rose Food.

Slow release Novatec is ideal for trees, shrubs, palms, fruit and veges.

Hygiene is important in the garden so clear away diseased leaves and prunings and sterilise secateurs, hedge trimmers etc before and after use (bleach is a good sterilant).

Protect frost tender plants with frost cloth at night or spray with Vaporgard.  Vaporgard is an excellent organic product which is easily sprayed over foliage and provides up to 3 months protection.

Pests and Diseases - check all plants regularly - it's easier to deal with them early before they take hold and do too much damage.

If fungus and bugs are present they need to be kept under control with regular spraying.  We recommend:

Grosafe Free Flo Copper to control fungus diseases on all fruit, veges and ornamentals.
Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil for the control of sucking insects on all fruit, veges and ornamentals.
Success Ultra for caterpillars, thrips and leafroller.

Apply Blitzem, Quash (if you have animals) or Baysol (long acting) to control slugs and snails - particularly around new seedlings.

Roses - continue your regular spray programme - to view our 
Rose & Ornamental Health Care Programme click here or call in for a copy.

Mulch to suppress weeds, preserve water and add nutrients with Tui Mulch Pea Straw or Daltons Mulch & Grow.  

FOR MUST HAVE ROSES:

Look at the Rose section of the Décor Website.

 

 



Happy Gardening and remember, our knowledgeable staff are always available for planting and pest/disease control advice and to ensure you use the right products for your requirements.