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Harmony Day

Are you wearing orange today? Orange is the colour used to help celebrate our day of inclusion and cohesion... a day when 'everyone belongs’.

The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and it aim to get people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone.

 Held every year on 21 March, we haave many stunning orange flowers both in the garden and for sale.  Choose from flowering Strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise', marigolds, dahlias and chyrsanthemums... or use some stunning orange striped foliage in your garden like Cana 'Tropicanna'.

Orange flower Montage

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Summer Sings the Blues

Blue Flowered Montage

 

It's been such a hot summer many of us will not lament saying goodbye to it.   But before we say farewell for a year, why not look back at some of the high points of summer - the not so blue times!  There are many wonderful blue blooms each year, ones that we would all hate to garden without and that add a cooling touch to the garden no matter how hot the mercury rise.

The beautiful Blue Butterfly Bush looks stunning over summer (left), as do hydrangeas (top left), salvia (top right) and even blue roses such as this one, known as 'Blue Moon', which is growing in our display gardens at Macquarie Park.

For some more blue inspirations that will make you garden sing...

 

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus montage

 

Hawaiian hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis) are the fru fru flowers of a tropical garden.  They evoke the feeling of warm balmy nights by the pool or dancing till dawn on a summer holiday.  They are unashamedly bold, brassy and brash, with vibrant colours and the large blooms that almost look like can-can girls kicking up their heels.  Hibiscus are perfect for the gardener who wants to create a tropical feel to their garden. Grow them in containers or amongst luscious plants such as Bromeliads, Ixoras and Heliconias to truly create an oasis in your yard.

Care varies from species to species, but the Hawaiian hibiscus likes a sunny position with at least 6 hours of sun daily.  It will tolerate salt spray, so is idea near pools or in seaside locations, but can't cope with frosts, so choose one of the hardier types if you're prone to cold spells.  One of the key things to promote flowering is to feeding.  Try Yates Liquid potash applied with your watering can every few weeks or put a handful of Sulphate of Potash around established plants in spring and again in early autumn to spur them into bloom.

There are other species of Hibiscus worth hunting out too.  

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Hydrangeas in Summer

Keep the Water Up To Hydrangeas...

Hydrangeas in Summer

 

This deciduous shrub has showy heads of white, blue or pink flowers that are a delightful addition to any garden, especially cottage style of shady havens.

There are many species, but the most common is Hydrangea macrophylla.  This is an traditional style Hydrangea with the unique ability to bloom consistently throughout summer. It’s an extremely useful feature shrub, or as part of a larger planting. The ones to look out for include Mophead or Lacecap varieties and Endless Summer ®types - especially Twist-n-Shout.

Like all plants in the Endless Summer ® Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in autumn. 

 

To care for your hydrangeas...

 

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Tulip Time?

Whilst the sweltering heat is meaning that the only gardening happening to any great extent is watering, it makes one feel better to imagine a cooler time when bulbs start emerging and the mild days of spring lie ahead.  At Eden, we start thinking about our tulip orders and bulb display, as getting our orders in first ensures we have the best display possible come August.

emerging hyacinth

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