Some azaleas to tempt you.
Some azaleas to tempt you.

Time for a short back and sides

THERE are heaps of things to do in our garden at this time, and not the least is the simple rule: if it flowers in spring, prune immediately after it finishes.

That should be followed by a good dose of fertiliser to encourage new growth and have your garden looking just beautiful.

The new Yates Uplift plant food, made from organic ingredients including seaweed, is ideal for this, so try it and watch those plants respond.

This liquid fertiliser promotes healthy growth, and the easy-pour bottle makes it a simple job to apply regularly.

Yates have a good promotion at present, which means when you buy your new Yates Uplift, you can go online to and claim two free packets of their top value seeds.


More Blooming Beauties

Amost without fail, when you mention azaleas to garden

lovers, they react with enthusiasm.

This time of year provides lots of pleasure for us, with gardens brimming over with so many different colours, forms and sizes of these beauties, and not only in gardens but in pots.

There are varieties suitable for

hedges, garden bed features, pot culture, some low growers perfect for borders or hanging baskets and hosts more.

Simply ensure you select the colour and ultimate size it will grow for your chosen position and whether it's suitable for sun or shade.

If you are considering planting some in your garden, they need slightly acidic, well-drained soil containing plenty of organic material that can be kept moist but not wet.

The older varieties save their energy to flower well in the spring, while newer forms known as azalea encore flower in the autumn, then continue to bloom through winter into spring.

These are free flowering with a very broad colour range, attractive evergreen foliage, grow well in sun or shade, and are heat tolerant.

Incidentally, azaleas are not difficult to grow, see the many beautiful ones growing along roadsides!


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