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Hanging Out

Here Comes the Sun

Welcome to our spring. The last few weekends have just been glorious, completely sunshine filled. It’s sure looking good for a superb kiwi summer. Colourwave® has been the home of NZ’s Number One Summer Colour for over 13 years now, so there is no better place for you to start colouring up your new summer garden, hanging baskets, pots & containers. Now is the perfect time too, with all the new seasons plants having just hit a garden store near you. Below are some projects, highlights, hints & tips to help you make the most of your Colourwave® plants this season. Here’s wishing you a very hazy sun drenched summer.

Hanging Around

There is nothing better than a well grown summer hanging basket or pot. This is also one of the best ways to enjoy your Colourwave® plants. The colourful small flowered Sunbells are particularly popular grown in either traditional hanging baskets or the newer wicker cones. For a lush sumptuous effect, simply over flowing with blooms I recommend planting 3 Sunbells® per container. Use a good quality potting mix adding in water crystals & good measure of Osmocote 12 month release. This will ensure your plants simply get the best start in life & your basket will look fantastic this summer. (Note: with good regular feeding & watering one plant will fill your basket & will be looking lush & fantastic by Jan/Feb).


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Hanging Cone

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Hanging Cone

Hot for 2008/2009
Sunbells Blueberry

Sunbells® are named after fruits & come in a wide range of colours with something for everyone’s taste. This season why not try your own ice cream inspired hanging cone? Below are a couple of planting ideas to try:

Blueberry Ripple – Cone
1 x Cone Hanging Pot (30cm diameter)
2 x Sunbells® Blueberry (substitute for any Sunbells® to get your very own Ripple – Cone)
1 x Sunbells® Whiteberry


A watercolour of Sunbells Pineapple

Cherry Lovers – Cone
1 x Cone Hanging Pot (30cm diameter)
3 x Sunbells® Dark Cherry

Try this with your pots & containers too. I’d love to see the results of all your hard work. We’ll also be giving away prizes for your best combinations. (See our competition at the end of the mailer). Have fun designing your very own unique planting ideas.

Colour Schemes & Themes

To help you out with your own unique planting ideas our new colour wheel is a real handy tool. These have been used by artists & designers for years with striking effects. Our wheel takes the primary colours Red, Yellow & Blue then mixes in the secondary colours Orange, Green, Purple, with the complementary colours in between e.g.

Red
Red-Orange
Orange
Orange – Yellow
Yellow
Yellow Green
Green etc

Our new Colourwheel

For a stunning planting of complementary colours, running with the wheel works best (e.g. Red + Red – Orange). If you crave more punchy plantings try clashing colours, run directly across the wheel to your colours mirror image (e.g. Red + Yellow).

Easy Care Ground Cover

Verbena ‘Purple Passion’ is simply the most easy care ground cover plant you could wish to have in your garden. Only 6cm high unique in the Colourwave® range, it spreads out to cover an area of 30cm plus forming a tight compact weed suppressing mat. The mid green fine feathery foliage is covered from early in the season with masses of sumptuous deep purple blooms. In a frost free location this plant will carry on suppressing weeds for years. A light trim & feed will ensure you get the most out of this easy care ground cover. It’s the perfect choice for a sunny bank or cascading over a retaining wall. I particularly like it mass planted under roses, it’s the perfect foil for setting of ‘Ice Berg’. “Go on” try it, I’m sure you’ll be impressed.

Tips for Success

Colourwave® plants will give you a full season of blooms, to keep your plants in tip top condition we recommend using:

Hanging Baskets & Pot

  • A good quality potting mix.
  • Water retaining crystals to save on summer water stress.
  • All purpose Osmocote® to get the plants off to a good start.
  • Submerge your plant in a bucket of water to fully wet the root ball before planting.
  • Daily watering, this will keep your plants blooming right through until the first frosts.
  • Weekly feeding with Miracle-Gro®.
  • Keeping an eye out for sucking insects (e.g. Aphids & whitefly) & dealing to them as necessary.

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www.scottsaustralia.com.au

Garden Specimens

  • A large planting hole, at least three times as large as the plant you wish to plant.
  • Mix some good quality compost & all purpose Osmocote® into you planting whole.
  • If planting in a hot exposed position, using water retaining crystals is also advisable to save on summer water stress.
  • Submerge your plant in a bucket of water to fully wet the root ball before planting.
  • Water weekly until established.
  • Fortnightly feeding with Miracle-Gro® will keep your plants blooming right through until the first frosts.
  • Keeping an eye out for sucking insects (e.g. Aphids & whitefly) & dealing to them as necessary.

Following these tips for success will ensure you get the absolute best out of plants this season.

Don’t forget to check out our varieties listed top left. You will find images of the full Colourwave® range, we have something for everyone. Enjoy making your own unique planting combinations. I look forward to hearing all about them. All the best for the coming season.

Here Comes the Sun

Welcome to spring! The last few weekends have just been glorious, completely sunshine filled. It’s sure looking good for a superb kiwi summer ... more

Now that Spring is here, time to start thinking about blowing away the winter blues & planting up your summer pots or hanging baskets for a riot of Colourwave® Summer Colour.

New season Colourwave® plants will start hitting your stores from September. Look out for our exciting new varieties, Sunbells ‘Banana’ Mandevillia 'Pink Mini'’ & Petunia ‘Moonlight’

Each of these new plants have real WOW Factor!

Check them out on our new varieties page.

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