Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
Feather Reed Grass
This upright grass remains attractive for months on end. Soft feathery green plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. Deciduous. Hardy.
1.5m high x 1m wide
Red / Black / White
Echinacea ( Coneflower )
Stunning Summer Colour
Daphne 'Perfume Princess'
|Spirea 'Gold Flame'
Move your cold sensitive potted plants into a more sheltered position away from the frosts
Fruit Trees - Give deciduous fruit trees a spray of liquid Copper on leaf drop to prevent leaf curl and other fungal/bacterial issues.
This month in the orchard, you can pick feijoas, quince and rhubarb.
Pick up any rotten fruit under trees and compost them. Keep an eye on your harvested fruit – some varieties have a short-shelf life! Remove any diseased leaves on the ground under your fruit trees. Remove the diseased leaves of stone fruit trees infected with leaf curl from around the trees - do not compost them.
Cut back any perennials that have finished flowering; many can be lifted and divided later in the month for next year.
Prepare your planting sites for winter planting. Spray, cultivate, repeat until site is clear of weeds.
Watering - You can cut back on watering now provided your plants are well established and mulched for winter. Ensure adequate drainage so water is not pooling around the base of your plants for the winter.
Weeds - Make sure if you use herbicides near fruit trees that they are non-residual.
Mulch - Collect all your leaves to compost and return to the garden in the future as a very beneficial leaf mould. Adding a layer of mulch around your shrubs and trees will act like a blanket and keep them warm through winter, suppress weeds, and add nutrients to your soil
Check your soil condition- and if necessary use a good garden lime.
Protect - Check for aphids, white fly, spider mite, and scale - treat with an appropriate insecticide like Confidor and conqueror oil.