Winter colour – plant out winter flowering annuals and potted colour now for great colour through the winter months.
Potted colour varieties to look for this month include Pansies, Primulas, Polyanthus, and Cineraria.
Plant seedlings of Alyssum, Kale, Stock, Calendulas, and Violas.
Now is a good time to plant up winter hanging baskets and pots.
Flowering Camellias – Sasanqua Camellias are coming into flower now. Buy online
This is the perfect time to buy and plant – see the flowers and colours before you buy!
Hedges and Shelter – give hedges a final trim and tidy up before winter.
Plant out new hedges and shelter now – Corokia, Griselinia, Pittosporum, Buxus, Photinia, all make attractive, low maintenance hedges in the home garden. Buy online
Fragrant Daphne – who can resist the heady perfume of a Daphne bush in full flower? Buy online
Plant now and enjoy the fragrance by your front door or on your patio.
Daphnes grow well in pots and containers.
Look for Odora Rubra or Leucanthe.
The Edible Garden
Strawberries – Now’s the time to be planting strawberries. The Strawberry variety Camerosa will be available in store as bare root bundles some time during May for a very limited time (approx. 5-7 days) and Albion later in the month. If you want to buy a reasonable quantity of plants then you are best to place an order to ensure you don’t miss out! Otherwise they will be available later in May in pots and punnets. More on strawberries.
Strawberries like good fertile soil so dig in lots of top quality compost before planting. A handful of Blood and Bone in the planting hole and a top dressing of general fertiliser will get them off to a flying start.
Remember to water in well after planting.
Strawberries look great in strawberry pots on the deck – easy picking in the summer!
Vege Garden – still lots to do in the vegetable garden this month.