Shrubs/Trees
Abutilon
Allamanda
Ardisia
Bougainvillea
Brugmansia

Brunsfelsia
Buddleija
Callicarpa (berries)
Carphalea kirondron

Cassia fistula
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Koelreuteria

Clerodendron bungei
Costas
Crepe Myrtle
Dahlia imperialis
Dichorisandra thrysiflora

Euphorbia millii
Euphorbia ‘diamond frost’
Euryops
Fiddlewood Tree

Frangipani
Gmelina hystrix
Hedychium
Heliconias
Hibiscus

Holmskioldia
Ipomoea carnea
Ixoras

Justicia betonica
Justicia carnea

Leopard Tree
Leucospermum
Magnolia Little Gem
Mussaenda
Odontonema
Quisqualis mussaendiflora
Roses
Ruellia macrantha
Strobilanthes "pink bells"

Thunbergia erecta
Tibouchina

Zingiber spectabile
Perennials
Agastache
Angelonia
Anthurium

Asters
Centranthus
Centranthemum
Chrysanthemums
Cleome Senorita
Coreopsis


Cosmos

Curcuma
Dahlias
Dianthus

Echinacaea
Fuschia
Gerberas


Globba Ginger


Helianthus
Heliotrope


Justicia betonica

Lavender
Leonitis
Mirabilis jalapa

Nepeta
Nicotiana

Pachystachys
Pelargonium

Pennisetum Burgundy
Pentas
Plectranthus
Russellia

Salvias
Scutellaria
Sedum

Solidago (Golden Rod)
Tulbaghia
Verbena
Whitfieldia














Orchids
Cattleya
Hard Cane Dendrobium
Miltonia
Stanhopea
Vanda


Bromelaids

Achmea
Cryptanthus
Guzmania

Hohenbergia
Neoegelia
Quesnelia
Tillandsia Vriesia


Bulbs
Habranthus (rain lily)
Gladioli dalenii
Japanese Anemones

Lapeirousia grandiflora
Lycoris (Spider Lily)



Water Garden

Alocasia esculenta
Saggitariis japonica
Thalia geniculata

Water Lilies
Succulents
Aloes
Jatropha podagrica

Vines
Aeschynanthus
Clerodendron
Combretum coccinea
Dalechampia roezliana
Hoya carnosa

Ipomoea horsfalliae
Mandevilla
Maurandya
Mansoa alliacea (garlic vine)
Stephonotis




David Austin Crocus Rose
Vegetable beds
 
 
Salvia Madrensis
 
Solidago canadiensis
Frangipani
WHAT IS FEATURING IN THE GARDEN IN MARCH:
MARCH is Preparation month

Cooler nights herald autumn and cooler weather but it is still the growing season with some humidity and hopefully rain around.
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This is the latest time to repot orchids, so that they still have a few weeks to establish before their dormant period - winter.  We are holding an Orchid workshop on the 20th March on potting orchids; see the What's Happening page for details.
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Propagate: Mediterranean plants. Pelargoniums, Lamb’s ears, Statice and Artemisia love the cooler nights and this is a great time to propagate them.
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Check out the rose catalogues and order bare rooted roses for delivery in June/July.  The heritage roses are best for our climate.  I have a list under Plants Grown of the ones I grow.  I pot them up when I get them and plant them out into the garden when the rains come in summer. 
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Get the vegetable beds ready for the autumn crops by adding well rotted compost and mulch.  Tomatoes, chard, Pak Choi, snow peas, beans, lettuce, beetroot, onions and kale can be planted now.  It is a good idea to stagger plantings so that you can continuously crop.  Vegetables do need a constant supply of water and should never dry out so keep the vegetable beds well mulched.
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Plant Herbs; they are wonderful for picking to add to soups, casseroles and omelettes and they also help to deter insects in the vegetable beds or can be planted in the garden beds.  Parsley, basil, mint, oregano, tarragon and thyme are easy to grow from seed or buy a plant or two.  By picking often you will encourage new growth and always have a fresh supply.
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Mulch garden beds to keep in moisture and keep out weeds.  Any mulch is good mulch; shredded newspapers, sugar cane, Lucerne, shredded palm fronds and garden clippings are all excellent.
·Trim the summer Salvias and put in cuttings in case you lose any.

The Roses will appreciate some mulch so keep the soil cool and moisture in. A tidy up to trim off all the dead wood and thin stems would be in order.  They are not showing any signs of fungus diseases which normally occur at this time of year. 

A handful of blood and bone with 10% potash added or Sudden Impact for Roses will be beneficial when it rains  to bring on the flowers for autumn.  Sprinkle this around the base of each bush after some good rain and with more rain in sight.

Orchids
Reduce watering of orchids to twice or three times a week as the nights are getting cooler, watering mornings or afternoon before 4pm.  

Salvias are the backbone of the garden as they will tolerate dry conditions even though they may not flower in the dry.  There are a few that put on a great autumn show and come in a great range of colours.  

The Involucratas which are the autumn flowerers need summer rain to put on growth but they are waiting for the shorter days to flower. 

Anthony Parker has beautiful glaucous foliage with blue flowers, a nice compact shrub under a meter.  Slightly bigger and very similar is Blue Abyss

Iodanthe has cerise flowers and is similar in foliage to Purpurea which has mauve flowers.  Both are over a metre high so the flowers tend to hang down.

Madrensis can cover an area over 2 meters with its square angular stems, heart shaped leaves and large heads of yellow flowers.  

Costa Rican blue
and Mexicana are vigorous and form woody stems.  They both have blue flowers and grow to over two metres.

Good Gardening

Jan
 
THIS MONTH
IN THE GARDEN
with Jan

MARCH
Cattleya Orchid
Bowringiana
Lycoris