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Cutting Edge Gardening With Eugene

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

CUTTING EDGE GARDENING WITH EUGENE

Are you looking to have a bit more variety of plants and new floral breeds in your garden? Eugene is with us today to show us how to spruce up our gardens with the latest exotic plants to hit the Irish market. This time of year is the perfect time to make a real statement with your garden by planting it up with these brand new varieties.

Eugene introduces us to some of the newest plants on the market they have been launched in Ireland by the "Kildare Growers" a group of progressive Irish growers. These plants are at the cutting edge of gardening trends!
This time of year is the perfect time to make a real statement with your garden by planting it up with these brand new varieties.
 
The Plants
. Abyssinian Red Banana or Ensete Ventriosum Maurelii - €15.99.
This relation of the banana tree doesn't bear fruit and is a lot smaller than its big brother but boasts really impressive foliage. Native to Africa.
. Canna Tropicanna or Tropicanna canna lily - €12.99
This native of New Zealand, needs protection during winter to ensure its survival. Will be available in three weeks
. Zanzibar ceanothus or ceanothus thyrsiflorus zanizibar - €9.95.
This cousin of the traditional ceanothus whose blue flowers are widely seen all over the country has a two-tone leaf.
. Dahlia "bednall beauty" - €9.95
The "Bednall Beauty" is a new twist (a smaller version) on the classic Dahlia that has long been an incredibly popular bedding plant.
. Scarlet pineapple or Fasicularia bicolor - €17.95
Originally from Chile the centre of the flower (bract) changes colour in the Autumn, very unusual looking.
. Libertia goldfinger - €11.95
This grassy plant comes from New Zealand and does really well here because of the similarity of climate. Available next spring
. Mallow or lavatera maritima - €9.95
This is a dwarf version of the popular Mallow. It has a life span of approx 8-10 years.
. "New Guinea busy lizzies" - €5.95 each
. Terracotta plant troughs at - €25.00 each

Eugene's Top Tips
. The tomato seeds that Anna plated a few weeks ago have grown to plants of three inches and are now ready to go out into the garden.
. If plant label says "it needs sun" that means eight hours a day if it says "shade" that means less than four hours of sunlight.
. Part sun means four to six hours sunlight.
. Place crushed eggshells under your sweet peas it helps the them flower better.

For Further Information

County Kildare Growers,
Amour Nurseries,
Athy Road,
Kildare,
Co. Kildare
Phone 045 526 066
Fax: 045 526 086
Email info@kildaregrowers.ie

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