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Sun and Shade Loving Plants – Growing Guide

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  Gardens invariably have areas of light, partial and dense shade. It is very important to ensure your plants have the right conditions in your garden in order to thrive. Some plants are quite adaptable to a wide range of conditions; others are very specific in their requirements. Use this sun and shade loving plants guide to help you choose the perfect plants for your garden. All of our nursery products have their sun/shade requirements listed under the “Additional Information” section. If you need any further assistance or more information please do not hesitate to call us or send an email. Our experts are ready to assist you in choosing the perfect plants for even the most challenging garden areas.   SUNNY SPOTS AND SUN LOVERS: Plants, which have a full sun requirement, means exactly that! If these plants get too much shade and not enough sun, they will perform poorly. They usually grow leggy, have weak stems, flop over and will flower poorly. Sun lovers need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun each day. LIGHT SHADE: It occurs under large open-branched trees and consists of areas that receive soft, dappled shade for most of the day. There is no direct sunshine, but plenty of light. This is the easiest of the shady areas to garden.   SEMI-SHADE or PARTIAL SHADE: These are defined as those areas of the garden which receive some sun and some shade during the day. This is easy if the plants get morning sun and afternoon shade. Less easy is a spot in the garden that receives a patch of sun at midday only, for example a courtyard. The most difficult aspect in the garden is one that gets morning shade and afternoon sun – treat this as FULL SUN for all intents and purposes as shade lovers will roast in the afternoon sun, especially if close to a wall. DENSE SHADE: Very little will grow in dense, dark shade. A canopy of evergreen foliage usually causes dense shade. If you want to colour in such areas, you will have to have some of the tree’s branches removed professionally in order to allow more light into the...

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Colour in your garden

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  Whites: White on its own has a calming effect and stands out well in the shade. Its main purpose is to bring out the best in other colours. Blues: Bright blue lifts one’s spirits and marries well with soft pinks, blue mauves, pink mauves, grey and white. Blue and white create a cool, soothing effect. Blues contrast well with yellows and oranges. Pinks: Pinks are versatile and easy on the eye. Pale pinks are fine with silver leaves and white flowers. Jazzy, strong pinks enliven planting and can be a ‘tonic’ under the hot sun. Reds: Red flowers startle, excite and impress. They add drama to a garden. Oranges: Orange should be used with caution as it can look garish when the sun is out. Yellows: Yellow is a very dominant colour and should also be used with care. It marries well with blue and white. Mixed: Try not to plant a mixture of one variety beside a mixture of another variety because you will end up with a veritable fruit...

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Steps to successful display of colour

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Water the seedlings thoroughly in their trays, before planting. Planting is best done during the cool hours of the day. Dig over the chosen area thoroughly and remove any weeds. Prepare the area well with compost and add in a handful of organic fertilizer per square meter. To remove the seedlings from their tray cavities, support the stem with a finger on either side and gently push the plant from the bottom using a stick or a pencil. DO NOT PULL THEM OUT OF THE TRAY BY THEIR STEMS OR LEAVES. Ensure that the plant is placed in the soil at the same depth as it was in the trays. DO NOT BURY THE STEMS. Gently firm the soil around the roots to remove air pockets in the soil without compacting the soil too much. Water well with a fine rose sprayer so that the soil is not washed off the roots. Foliar feed regularly with any foliar fertilizer for best results. Deadheading regularly will prolong the flowering period of your seedlings. If you have problems do not hesitate to phone us and speak to one of our horticulturalists. They should be able to assist you. Tel: 011 794...

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Common Pests and Diseases

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Prevent trouble before it starts.. Bedding plants like  everything else  in the garden,can be attached by pest and diseases.Things do go wrong ,especially for the inexperienced ,but this is more likely to be due to a cultural or environmental fault. Plants die ,other stands still for weeks after planting out and in some cases the floral display is either disappointing or abnormal short lived . In most cases it is the gardener and not some strange pest and diseases which is to blame.The enemy may be poor soil preparation,careless handling of the seedlings ,lack of water ,too much water, or wrong choice of plants and planting in the wrong place.The golden rules are to try to prevent the trouble before it starts and to deal with it quickly once it is seen, If there are any problems even when conditions seem to be optimal, seek expert advice. Remember pesticides can be harmful to humans and friendly insects if used incorrectly....

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Identifying Common Pests & Diseases

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Phytophthora Root and Crown Rot: The problem is most often detected in flowerbeds that have been planted with same species year after year. The plants that are more vulnerable to this disease are Pansies, Petunias, Snapdragons and Violas. The crown base or lower stem of infected plants normally rot at or near soil line, as the disease progress the entire plant usually turn yellow or wilting followed by complete death of the plants. Control: Crop rotation is recommended for the management of Phytophthora, but do not alternate planting with the above plants, e.g. do not pull out Pansies and plant Petunias or Snapdragons, but use plants like Marigolds, Zinnia, Poppies, Calendula, etc. Improve soil drainage – the disease is associated with heavy clay soils. Allow the top 1/2 to 1 inch of soil to dry out before next watering. It is also important to raise flat planting areas so that the water will drain off rapidly and not saturates soils. Thielaviopsis Black Root: Black Root is the fungal disease that usually starts at root tips and through root hair. This disease is a problem on pansies during the late summer months when temperatures are high. The symptoms with seedlings are stunting and a pale green to yellow discoloration of leaves. Control: Crop rotation is recommended for the management of black root disease. Avoid planting pansies during late summer hot months. Snails & Slugs Causes holes in the leaves of young plants and can chew right through the stems of newly planted seedlings.Damage is worst on shady ,poorly drained site. Control: Put down snail bait immediately after planting and re-apply until plants are older and well established. Cutworms These green-grey or brown soil living caterpillar maybe 2 inches long.They gnaw both roots ans stems ,but their tell-tale effect is to sever seedlings and young bedding plants at ground level.When this happen look for and destroy the cutworms near the attached plants. Control: Sprinkle granular cutworm bait over before planting. Aphids Small sucking insects usually found on new growth. They come in shades of green, red or brown and they all have fat little pear shaped bodies. They feed by piercing plants and sucking the juice of plant sap result in leaves being distored, curled and failing to develop. They also secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that often results in the colonization of an ugly sooty black fungus. Control: Spray with a suitable insecticide for sucking insects. Red spider mites Can be identified as minute red dots on the underside of leaves and is a problem in hot dry conditions. The presence of  of fine silk webbing is a tell-tale sign,Leaves turn mottled yellow and fall off prematurely. Control: Water the undersides of plants and avoid stressed plants due to lack of water and food. Spray with a suitable incecticide. Powdery mildew The white powdery deposit found on leaves, stems and buds of plants such Hydrangeas, Dahlia,Salvia farinacea  Verbena and Zinnias. Control: Don’t water late afternoon or at night. Make sure sun loving plants are planted in full sun and shade loving plants get enough light. Or spray with a suitable fungicide. Rust The red or brown powdery substance found on the undersides of the leaves of plants such as snapdragons calendula and dianthus. Rust takes nutrition from the plant....

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