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Subtropical gardening in Spring

Spring is a time that traditionally is associated with flowering bulbs, annuals, perennials and trees. However, in the tropics and subtropics, this is a brief period when plants put on a short floral display.

Subtropical gardens in spring can be ennhanced with flowers by using the following plants:

  • shrubs such as plumbago, gardenias, etc.
  • warm climate bulbs (such as bulbines, vallota lilies, brisbane lilies, garland lilies, etc)
  • trees such as Tabebuia, crepe myrtles, etc.
  • short term flowering annuals

It is also a time for gardeners to consider planning for the future months.

Around the garden it is time to look out for pests and diseases. Whereever possible use 'natural' control methods.

Keep plants well fertilised, watered and mulch particularly for plants that are in active growth and flowering.

Controlling weeds at this time is crucial. If you let even one weed go to seed, there be many more weeds you will not to control next time.

Source advice... refer only to qualified professionals who have a qualification in horticulture. Do not take landscape advice from builders or irrigation specialists. Also ensure they have experience in the climate for the tropics or subtropics - do not consider advice from designers from other climatic zones.

For more information about gardening in warm climates such as the subtropics, refer to subTropical Gardening magazine - www.stgmagazine.com.au

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