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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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6 [Edition Wednesday datE] December 20 2017 34 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Bring colour into your garden Colourful flowers, shrubs and trees add beauty to the garden, lifting our outdoor environment with many plants adding a tinge of colour in their blooms, leaf colour or bark. Over summer, dahlia, hydrangea, roses, hebes, manuka, later flowering azaleas, lavender, petunias, marigolds, dianthus and calendula will all bring colour to the mix. For new gardens, these, like other plants in your garden, will need the water kept up as they get established. As autumn emerges chrysanthemums provide a contrast as does pineapple sage, keeping bees coming around to feast on the latter’s deep crimson flowers that signal winter’s on its way. Over the cooler period, leucadendron, grevilleas and hellebores put on a show as will the odd pansy. As the rocket flowers, avoid the temptation to pull it out so bees can enjoy its offering and you can harvest a little seed for future crops. When spring rolls round again, bulbs that have been planted in the cooler months like daffodils, tulips, jonquils, sol de ors, hyacinths, snowdrops and crocus will bring yellows, blues and more colour in, popping their heads up to signal winter is over. Gardens often look their best and most colourful in spring when fruit trees blossom and shrubs like rosemary and lilac are covered in flowers and bees. Magnolia trees will be in bloom while camellias and rhododendrons will put on an impressive show. Flowering plants provide nectar for native birds and bees, with the latter often drawn into the garden by taller plants, especially those with mauve, blue or yellow flowers, explaining why so many can be seen on rosemary, marjoram and calendula flowers. Banksia, kōwhai, kakabeak, flaxes, five-finger, tree fuchsia, Makomako and coprosma are all food sources for Bellbirds while the berries of the latter two are favoured by Kereru. Aim to have a mix of plant species so there is something blooming year round, for your enjoyment as well as that of the bees and birds. Landscape construction & Garden Maintenance You can have your gardens, trees, shrubs, plants and lawns maintained to look their best all year round, for a great price. RESIDENTIAL, NEW HOME LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE P: Ross Legg - 027 222 0388 E: ross@revivelandscaping.co.nz www.revivelandscaping.co.nz LET’S GET GARDENING INTELLIGRO OFFERS: Expert gardening advice High quality products South-Hort growing mixes VIP rewards Buy in-store and online Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 261 Manion Rd, Weedons info@igro.co.nz | www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 35 7 HOME PROFESSIONALS Garden hideaways With the really hot weather that arrived early in December, this season is shaping up to be one of those particularly warm summers when having shaded areas will be essential to enjoying spending time outdoors. Sun shades over decks, screens that block the sun, vines covering pergolas and secluded areas in the garden all help to make the extreme temperatures more bearable while also offering a place away from chilly easterly breezes or gusty nor’ west winds. Planting areas of your garden for shade will offer a wonderful spot to sit with a book, coffee or wine while making your outdoor space much more interesting for young and old alike. Rather than putting only borders of your section into garden, bring out the odd bed with a paved or grassed path between two areas of planting for an idyllic spot to linger, and cool place to work in the garden on those really hot days. Trees offer the height and opportunity for shade. Add in shrubs that grow around fence height with lower growing plants including flowers at the base, for the perfect makings of a botanical looking garden that will be stunning to look at. A full garden need not be a lot of work when mulch is spread around, or a forest garden approach taken where there is little bare space. Lush broad leafy green shrubs add real character to a garden though may need more watering. In contrast, tropical looking palms, cacti and succulents are dry lovers enjoying full sun and minimal water. Be mindful too that raised garden beds will dry out more so plants in these areas will need extra watering. In shadier parts of the garden, that offer shelter from the frosts and where watering can be kept up, pungas and ferns will provide a lush look. Other natives, like pittosporums are much hardier and also fast growers, coping more readily with dry conditions. These are wonderful for an almost instant green belt though will need cutting back when established. They might also be used for a hedge as can be photinia, abelia, corokia, grisilinia, Mexican orange blossom, taller growing buxus, or feijoa for a fruity option. If gardening is not your thing, you can still brighten your outdoors with rustic, earthy colours on walls and fences along with fence art. White is reflective and glary so not such a good choice for sun shades and outdoor blinds in a sunny spot. Tone light colours down by positioning a few large potted plants around your patio or deck. Constructing fences or having commercially made wind breaks installed are also good ways to offer shelter for your garden so you can make the most of the lovely hot days ahead. New garden centre open! Selwyn’s plant specialists Sharon CroftS LandSCape d e S ign • Consultations • Design Concepts • Planting Plans Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the new year ahead. - Landscaping plants for all projects - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants Get great planting advice from our friendly team - Open 7 Days P. 329 6229 M. 0274 311 558 s-crofts@xtra.co.nz www.sharoncrofts.co.nz Corner SH1 & Robinsons Rd - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz Merry Christmas from The Outdoor Space We thank you so much for your clientele during 2017 Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email: landscapeyouroutdoorspace@gmail.com www.theoutdoorspace.co.nz Summer iS here... So its a great time to start thinking about your new lawn. Give us a call and we can come and give you a free quotation! Kirk Macfarlane, Canterbury Lawns Ltd 347 4000 | 0274 56 7777 kirk@canterburylawns.co.nz Your hydroseeding specialists!!