Winter planting tips – Amateur Gardener

Already it is June and the time for planting bare rooted fruit trees and roses is upon us.

Here are a couple of hints for planting roses.

Never plant roses, apricot trees or strawberry plants close to each other.

This is to prevent cross infection of diseases.

If you are wanting to replant a rose where you had previously, use the cardboard box trick.

Dig out all the dirt that was surrounding the old rose bush, making sure to take extra soil, then place in the hole a cardboard box, refill it with fresh soil and replant the rose in the box.

Don’t forget to water the new plant in well with a seaweed solution.

This will give the rose a good head start.

Roses thrive in full sun and for all their beauty they are not that thirsty in the hot summer months.

It is now too late to prune an apricot tree if indeed you need to prune an apricot tree at all.

Leave your pruning of roses until all likelihood of frosts have finished.

If you are still being bothered by white flies plant some wormwood around the garden or when pruning the Artemesia (wormwood) just lay some clippings on the garden beds.

Whiteflies are repelled by the aroma.

Do not forget to plant the wormwood next to the chicken run and even feed it to them to rid them supposedly of intestinal worms.

The smell deters lice and fleas hence the planting around the chicken run.

Prune Wormwood after the pretty bright yellow flowers are finished.

The flowers contrast so well with the grey feathery foliage. A most attractive plant with a distinctive smell that you can either love or detest.

Plant in full sun as it is drought resistant.

The Flinders Range Wattle Acacia iteaphylla is showcasing in gardens now.

This beautiful wattle can grow to five metres by 2-3 metres wide.

The leaves are long and slender, and grey to silver in colour, with the new leaves being tipped with a light purply colour.

The flowers are pale yellow balls sprinkled all together over the bush.

Flinders Range Wattles may be grown as a stand alone feature plant or used as a hedge.

It responds well to pruning and trimming in late autumn and early winter, and is a joy to have in the garden.

A word of warning though, this plant easily self-seeds, so don’t plant it next to native scrub.

It is suitable to plant in all soils and enjoys the full sun.

It is fairly frost resistant and drought tolerant too.

Another grey foliage plant that has beautiful yellow flowers with a distinctive aroma.

Keep on top of the weeds in June and take a stroll around your district to see what is in flower and could be suitable for your garden.

Happy gardening, from the Amateur Gardener.

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