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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, MAY 1, 2013
6 Questions you should ask yourself before
choosing your next plant supplier...
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Season for spectacular
colours in the garden
With Roger Martin -- Martin's
Garden Design and Maintenance
Autumn glory: Japanese maples are famous for their incredible autumn display
During May, the hint of winter is
evident throughout the whole
garden, seen in the slowing in the
rate of growth of most plants, and
autumn is traditionally the best time
for planting most species and trees.
The problem chores of weeding,
cultivation, pest and disease control
become far less demanding,
allowing us to concentrate on soil
preparation for both spring and
summer planting. Autumn planting
also gives trees time to establish
before the onset of a hot, dry
summer, and soil conditions are
often better in autumn than in the
spring. Roger's top autumn tree
Famous for their incredible autumn
foliage display, Japanese maples can
be chosen now at good garden
centres while they're in full autumn
colour. Check out the weeping
varieties such as Acer dissectum
''Viridis'' -- green turning to
incredible yellow and then orange-
red tones; and Acer dissectum
''Crimson Queen'' -- with rich
crimson spring foliage turning to a
deeper purple--red over summer,
then brilliant autumn tones of
Probably the most popular of the
small to medium deciduous
specimen trees, dogwoods come in
a large range of species with
differing varieties and flower
colours. Check out the Cornus florida
varieties. These North American
natives are compact and early
flowering, with white, pink, or rose
red flowers, green or variegated
foliage, and are easily
accommodated in all gardens.
The Cornus kousa varieties are of
Asian origin, flowering about four
weeks after the Cornus florida
varieties. They tend to be a little
taller, with upright, ascending,
slightly spreading branches. Once
again in flower shades including
cream, white, pink and rose red. The
best varieties are ''Cherokee Chief''
(rose red) and ''Cherokee Princess''
(creamy white). Then there's the
aristocratic ''Eddie's White Wonder'',
with its larger creamy-white flowers
on a medium rounded tree. All
dogwoods have the added bonus of
spectacular autumn colours, from
orange and red to intense purple
Cercis canadensis ''Forest Pansy'' is
the best variety for autumn colour,
with large, heart-shaped reddish
purple leaves that intensify in colour
to orange through to crimson red. It
has the added advantage of small,
deep-pink, single-pea-like flowers on
the bare stems in the spring.
It is really sought after, but is best
away from strong, buffeting winds.
Liquidamber styraciflua ''Gumball''
makes a perfect, hardy topiary in a
wide range of standard sizes, and
has a very dense, shrubby habit with
leaves that will persist for an
extended period, turning orange-red
to wine-purple well into winter.
It loves a sunny spot, which
intensifies the autumn colours. Trim
lightly to preserve shape prior to the
spring growth bursting.
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