Décor & Gardening
Gardening in May
What we’re planting
We’re planting…petunia ‘Baby Doll’. Think pink for Mother’s Day with this ‘designer’ pink petunia that sparkles with white flecks. It is a breeding breakthrough that started with ‘Night Sky’ (white flecked deep blue) and every flower is different. Plants are compact, great for pots, hanging baskets or in the garden. Plant in well composted beds in full sun or positions that get morning sun and some afternoon shade. Water regularly and allow the soil to dry out slight between watering. This is a real novelty.
Rose tip: Worried that rose beds will look bare after pruning in July? Ludwig Taschner’s advice is to sow poppies in-between the roses. The bare flowering stems do not take away space and light when the roses are sprouting after pruning, says rose grower Ludwig Taschner. For a colourful border in front of the roses go for pansies, violas, compact snapdragons or calendulas and alyssum in the warmer regions
Pruning is an important part of maintaining a garden. Let’s face it, not everyone is an expert at it. This handy guide to pruning is a simple way of finding the help you need when it comes to pruning your plants. Pruning is an easy to use reference guide to understanding pruning, which is great. This means you don’t have to be an experienced gardener to understand the pruning needs of your garden. Random House R150.
We are so excited about the prospects of having a garden absolutely anywhere. This is why Container Gardens is one of our must reads. Gone are the days where no backyard space equaled no garden. This book shows you how to growing plants in containers it is a fabulously detailed step by step guide to all you need to know about transforming your courtyards, patios and
terraces, balconies, windows and entrances. The author, David Squire, explains which container, plant combinations will deliver the best results. This book is all you need to know about planting,
creating and maintaining beautiful container-based displays. Random House R150.
Garden tasks for May
* Aloes are starting to flower, making it a good time to plant them in water wise gardens. Aloes grow best in bright light; not necessarily full sun.
* Plant tulips before the end of May.
* Water winter annuals at least once a week and give them a weekly feed with a liquid fertiliser to keep them flowering.
* Train climbing sweet peas up their supports and check for aphids. Use an organic insecticide or soapy water (but not too strong a mixture).
Don’t let spring flowering shrubs, like azaleas and camellias dry out.
* Divide cannas, dahlias and lilies.
* Be ready for the first frost in May and stock up on frost cloth if your garden is in a frost belt.
Water lawns once a month.
In summer rainfall areas this is the last month for sowing broad beans, kale, lettuce, radishes, spinach, onions and peas.
* In winter rainfall areas sow or plant out seedlings of cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, beetroot, carrots, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas and radishes
* In winter rainfall areas clear out the gutters, check drain pipes and put away garden umbrellas and lightweight garden furniture. Make sure that plants are properly staked and tied to withstand the cold winter winds.