Gardens in living colour

Summer flowers in pots will give your garden an instant pop of vibrant colour.
Summer flowers in pots will give your garden an instant pop of vibrant colour.

Bring some colour into your garden and your life this summer with the help of Nichol’s Garden Centres.

There is a wealth of inspiration and advice on offer at the stores in Dunedin, Invercargill, and Cromwell.

Adding colour can be as simple as you want it to be, and is the perfect way to enhance the overall dynamic of your garden.

‘‘You want to walk outside every morning and go ‘wow, this is awesome!’ - that is what summer is all about,’’ Nichol’s Garden Centre plant expert Karl says. ‘‘Things like Petunias, Robinias, Bacopas, Geraniums, Fuchsias - all of those are just vibrant and in your face.’’

Karl from Nichol's Garden Centre says colour in the garden will brighten up your day.
Karl from Nichol's Garden Centre says colour in the garden will brighten up your day.

Along with bedding in colourful border plantings, a perfect way of adding colour to your garden is through the use of pots, baskets, and planters. Placed on your patio, deck, or by the front door, they’ll have an instant impact.

You’ll find a vast selection of pots, sculptures, water features and much more at Nichol’s recently opened outdoor living centre in Dunedin. A new shipment has just landed so they’re all stocked up with pots of different sizes, shapes, and colours.

‘‘It’s amazing that just putting a pot on your patio or at your doorway and putting a plant in it can lift up everything,’’ Karl says.

‘‘You want to walk outside every morning and go ‘wow, this is awesome!’ - that is what summer is all about."

‘‘Felicias are huge at the moment - they’re a nice, bright, vibrant blue. Petunias are amazing, and there’s a huge range from bicolours and all through the colour spectrum. Bacopas are another big hit now, with blues to pinks to whites to purples, and they just weep down the pot, offering a different texture.’’

For pots he also recommends something a bit different, such as the flax-like Astelia, or the fresh, striking green of the Lomandra - perfect at the entrance to your home.

Herbs are also ideal for pots, and with around 130 different varieties available you’re spoilt for choice. These include multiple types of thyme, as well as basil, coriander, sage, oregano, parsley, and rosemary. Of course they look and smell amazing, but having fresh herbs available near the kitchen will certainly enhance your cooking.

Now is a great time to plant fruit trees and berries too, Karl suggests.

‘‘There’s a huge range out there and they’re all coming into flower,’’ he says. ‘‘There’s nothing better than going into the garden in the evening and picking a handful of berries and you know that they’re yours.’’

With summer vegetable gardens now starting to flourish, gardeners should be on top of their spraying, feeding, and watering regimes. Good regular spraying for pests and diseases will prevent later issues and ensure a great crop. There’s a large range available at Nichol’s Garden Centres.

And when plants start to flower is when they need some extra energy from feeding.

‘‘There’s no point putting your plant in the ground and just leaving it,’’ Karl says. ‘‘They need that extra food to keep them going. I’ve always gone by the slogan that ‘if you look after the plants they will look after you’. And once a day with watering, depending on the weather, especially with tomatoes and potatoes, which drink a lot.’’

Nichol’s Garden Centres can answer all your questions, and offer advice that will make your gardening time more enjoyable. And your garden more colourful.

‘‘Having colour in the garden will just brighten up whatever kind of day you’re having,’’ Karl concludes.

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