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Although colour isn’t as sought-after in the garden as it once was when rows and rows of annuals filled garden beds, it still makes gardens more inviting when a splash of colour is introduced.
My favourite colour in the garden is pink, which currently being provided in many gardens by Sasanqua camellias, which require little care. My fence line, bordered by conifers, is highlighted in between with pink sasanquas, bringing life into my garden, which is still getting over the hot summer.

Roses can still be a highlight in autumn; just remember to keep deadheading spent blooms and regularly fertilising.
Before winter arrives, blue makes its debut as the Tibouchinas continue to provide colour (more of a purplish-blue).
True blue flowers often include mauves and purple such as lavenders, which, strictly speaking, aren’t really blue compared to Plumbago Royal Cape, a great shrub that needs to be controlled as it can run rampant.
Autumn is a good season to plant blue into the garden, particularly annuals, which give plenty of choice – look for viola, pansy, polyanthus, lobelia and cornflower – definitely true blue. 

This week

  • Strawberries can be divided now; plant out the runners and apply Flourish to establish new growth.
  • Remember to pop cyclamen out in a sheltered spot at night – they love the crisp night air.
  • Cymbidium orchids have begun to flower, their long, colourful spikes add a flourish indoors in winter.
  • Complete spring bulb planting before the end of May.

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