Belle of the Ball

Published:
04/07/2019

The Australian native climber, Bower of Beauty (Pandorea jasminoides ‘Belle of the Ball’), has attractive, glossy, green foliage. For most of the year it displays large, bell-shaped, deep pink, maroon-centred flowers. 

It grows well in a sunny spot in most soil types that are moist but well-draining. When planted next to a trellis, it creates a very dense screen. Without support, it trails beautifully over embankments or rockeries.

On a balcony or courtyard, planted in a decorative container with a frame for support, it is stunning!
 
This is a very low maintenance plant. Pruning is not necessary other than to tidy the plant’s appearance or reduce size. To encourage vigorous growth, simply apply a slow-release fertiliser during spring and mulch well to retain moisture during prolonged dry periods.

Top gardening tips for March

  • Gather fallen leaves and grass clippings for composting. Fork over the compost heap regularly to hasten decomposition. Use compost on your garden to reduce the need for chemical fertilisers. 
  • Sow some cool season vegetables such as broad beans, lettuce, peas, onions and silver beet in a sunny spot. Condition the soil before planting with some organic matter.
  • Feed citrus trees with a specially formulated fertiliser for good fruit production. Use a granular fertiliser for trees in the garden and a soluble formulation for those in containers. 
  • Prune hydrangeas after they’ve finished flowering. Cut out any weak growth and prune back to a pair of plump buds. If you prefer the changing shades of the ageing blooms throughout winter, wait until July/August to prune.
  • Remove spring and summer annuals that have finished flowering, condition the soil with planting compost and plant marigolds, salvias and snapdragon seedlings for a colourful autumn display.
  • Buy some spring-flowering bulbs such as freesias, jonquils, snowflakes and bluebells while there are plenty available in garden centres. Enrich well-drained soil with some bulb food before planting for best results.

 

Author:
Judith Sleijpen

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