April in the garden

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We’re planting: Nemesia ‘Nesia Denim’ which is fragrant with large, dark blue blooms. It pairs well with other perfumed autumn and spring annuals like pansies, alyssum and stocks. With its open, semi upright growth, (30cm high and wide), it can be used as a soft border for other plants with broad, upright or dense foliage. Use it in containers, hanging baskets and as a bedding plant.

Plant in full sun, in moist well drained soil. Regular watering and feeding encourages continuous blooms. Extend its flowering into summer with ample water during hot periods.

For more information: www.ballstraathof.co.za

Indoor plant of the month: Cyclamen is a traditional indoor winter flower, but none are as flashy as the new ‘Indiaka’ range with their two-tone colour contrasting blooms, extra flower-power and compact growth. Plants flower best if given bright indirect light in a warm room. Don’t over-water but keep the soil slightly moist. If the pot is in a saucer, empty the saucer 30 minutes after watering. Fertilise once a month with a liquid fertiliser for flowers. Remove dead flowers by pulling out the stem from the base of the plant. This will encourage it to produce more flowers.

For more information: www.plantimex.co.za

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Garden tasks for April

  • Plant primulas to brighten shady areas, pansies and violas in sunny beds, containers and hanging baskets. Poppies look beautiful among the roses.
  • Daffodils, freesia, ranunculus and indigenous spring bulbs are best planted after Easter.
  • Scatter sow Namaqualand daisies wherever you want a splash of colour.
  • Water once a week.
  • Fertilise the lawn, perennials, roses and shrubs for the last time before winter and water well afterwards.
  • Plant up your winter veggie garden, sow broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, spinach and Swiss chard.
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