Chrysanthemum Garden Mums are a highlight of the cooler months, flowering from Autumn through to spring time, then going dormant over the warmer months. It is not unusual for the garden mums to come again during the summer months in mountainous areas like Monbulk where we live, if the weather is cooler than expected.
Garden Mums, sadly are normally associated with just being a gift plant or flower for Mothers Day (MAY), and treated as an annual here in Australia, which is completely criminal and wrong as they are a fantastic perennial plant that gives tonnes of vibrant jewel tone colours for a lot longer than the one season.
Garden Mums are native to asia and north eastern Europe and grow 30 - 60cms tall in a full sun to semi sun aspect...... full sun is always better, can be grown equally as good in pots, containers, baskets etc as in the garden in a fertile, well drained to slightly moist soil type that is slightly acidic to neutral. If planting in a garden bed, work in some compost or organic matter first for best results. Garden Mums thrive in cooler conditions, hence where they are native to. Whilst the Garden Mums are still in their vegetative stage ( ie just leaves), make sure you provide a one off fertiliser with plenty of nitrogen and potassium to promote healthy roots, development of buds ( flowers), this will result in a much more vigorous, healthy and floriferous plant
Garden Mums respond well to regular liquid feeds with seaweed solution. Water wise, just keep them moist ( soil cool to touch), but not soggy or constantly wet.
At Paddys Plants, we grow about 1500 Garden Mums per year, consisting of 10 different varieties. Garden Mums are a favourite of ours for Cooler month colours and we look forward to them popping up in our garden every Autumn.
Come and check out our range and we hope you fall in love with them to !!
Convolvulus Sabatius (syn.c.mauritanicus), or Blue Convolvulus is a fast growing perennial ground cover with vibrant purple - blue flowers that are produced in abundance amongst the soft grey-green spreading leaves.
Blue Convolvulus loves full sun, but can handle partial shade, in well drained soils and is tolerant of light frost, coastal conditions and extended dry conditions. Fertilising in spring and giving an occasional deep watering over the summer months, will help to keep this spreading ground cover look great all year.
Convolvulus Blue is ideal for sloping banks, retaining walls, rockeries, hanging baskets, pots/containers, wall gardens, seaside and cottage gardens.
Magnolia Grandiflora Little gem is a compact upright evergreen tree with glossy dark green leaves with an attractive underside of soft velvety brown, producing beautiful large creamy, fragrant, tea cup shaped flowers in the spring & summer months.
Magnolia Little Gem will grow up to 4 metres tall and 2 metres wide in full sun to part shade gardens and prefers rich, moist, free draining soil.
Little Gem is heat, cold and frost tolerant, looks great as a hedge, specimen tree, or in tubs / containers.
Remone any leaves or branches that appear at the base of the trunk or on the lower 20cm of the trunk, to allow air flow around base of tree and to assist with fertilising, watering and better shaping of the tree.
Magnolias respond really well to regular pruning after flowering to encourage newer, thicker growth, remove any spent or damaged flower buds.
Fertilise Magnolias 3 times a year with a good quality manure like our Yates Agriboost, to get best, thicker growth and more flowers.