Décor & Gardening

July in the garden

July in the garden

This month we’re planting … Geranium ‘Marcada’, a strong-growing geranium that never stops flowering and thrives in cool and hot weather.

Plant in sun or semi-shade or in a medium-sized container. It is drought tolerant, needing to be kept drier than other geraniums. Water regularly and thoroughly, but let the soil dry out in-between watering. Feed garden plants once a month and pot plants every two weeks. Its colours are dark red, pink and magenta.

For more information visit www.ballstraathof.co.za or contact 011 7942316

Indoor plant of the month …Primula acaulis ‘Danessa’ is winter’s most colourful indoor plant, and don’t we all need a colour fix right now. ‘Danessa’ always stays compact and neat (14 -18cm high and wide) carrying its vividly coloured flowers like a bouquet above dark green leaves. The range of flower colours includes blue, burgundy, golden shades and rose. It needs bright, indirect light. Let the soil dry out slightly between watering and feed with a liquid fertiliser once a month.

For more information visit www.ballstraathof.co.za or contact 011 7942316

Garden tasks for July

  • Prune the roses from 20 July onwards. Cut out old wood and dead wood, open-up the centre of dense bushes, and remove twiggy growth. Roses growing close together can be pruned hard and those further apart lightly trimmed.
  • Dig in compost, superphosphate and fertiliser (Ludwig’s Vigorosa 5-1-5 (25) or Vigor-longer around each pruned bush. Water well afterwards. Water once a week, as early as possible in the day.
  • Fertilise winter flowering annuals with a liquid fertiliser twice a month.
  • Send lawnmowers in for a service and to sharpen the blades.
  • Clean, treat or re-paint garden furniture.
  • Clean pathways and paving remove weeds and repair where necessary.
  • Protect conifers from the Italian Cypress aphid by spraying the stems and foliage with an organic insecticide or use insecticide granules sprinkled around the base of the conifer


Help for pruning …Ludwig’s Roses Winter Pruning Demonstrations

Attend Ludwig’s practical demonstrations to find out more on how to prune your roses:

Saturday 23 June at 2 pm and Sunday 24 June at Ludwig’s Star Roses, Assagay, at 10.30 am.

Entrance is free, no need to book. For more information, contact Ludwig’s Roses at 012 5440144 or email info@ludwigsroses.co.za or visit www.ludwigsroses.co.za




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