The Garden Diaries: Western Australia in January

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Hero plant this month: Australian natives

In store this month, there is a great range of natives and hardy plants. A favourite native is the woolly bush (Adenanthos sp.) with its soft, silvery foliage. Grow as a feature with its pretty red, bird attracting flowers, or use as a hedge or screening plant.

Other good choices include callisitemons or bottlebrushes. These plants will grow in most areas of Australia and are at their floriferous best in spring. Prune after flowering to keep the shrub compact and encourage more blooms.

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What else to plant

If you’re looking for hardy, then dianellas are the perfect choice. With their clumping form and strappy leafed foliage, they are great mass planted along a driveway, or used as an accent plant near a pond. Their striking blue to purple coloured berries is a favourite with the birds. Dianella ‘Cassa Blue’ is a popular variety.

Brighten up the garden with a flamboyant bougainvillea. Bambino is a smaller growing variety that works well in pots, hanging baskets or in the garden and comes in red, to purple, through pink and white.

Another great climber, that works well as a ground cover too, is the star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, with its pretty, white fragrant flowers and glossy green foliage.

Why not try your hand at growing some edibles too. In a sunny spot, plant herbs such as coriander, basil, chives and oregano. It’s also a good time to put in leafy greens, such as lettuce. Beetroot is another good choice. It’s easy to grow and has striking foliage too. Use the young leaves in salads and harvest the beet when it matures. Or plant a pawpaw, Asimina trilobal, tree.

If the weather is hot, keep an eye on young plants, or leave them in pots in a sheltered spot until the scorching days have passed.

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Maintenance

January is the perfect time for barbecues and entertainment. Get out the pruners and remove spent flowers. Deadheading not only makes the plant look more appealing, it helps promote new growth.

Give your garden and lawn an extra layer of protection against the heat and add a wetting agent. This will help it absorb and retain moisture. Be sure to thoroughly water the wetting agent in after application.

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Harvest

January is the perfect time to harvest all your summer vegetables. Pick zucchini, which are prolific bearers that grow quickly, tomatoes and cucumber should also be ready now.

In summer your garden will be in full bloom, so make the most of it and get out there this weekend.

Tomatoes and zucchinis

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