Te Horo Garden Centre Plants for August 2014

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Au_14_Syringa_×_laciniataSyringa – a joy to behold

One of the joys of spring is the flowering of the lilac – Syringa – from the Greek, surinx, meaning long slender corolla.The fragrant Syringa Laciniata is an ancient form from Asia first described in the 17th century. It is a graceful shrub some 2 metres tall with pale flowers. This also goes by the common name the ‘cut-leaf’ lilac, a description based on the jagged cuts into finely textured lobes on the leafs. If you only had room for one lilac this is the one for you.

F_Au_14_Prunus-campanulataindexA Flowering Cherry for the birds

If you yearn for the sight and sound of Tui in your garden grow Prunus Campanulata. A cherry tree native to Taiwan this tidy tree has bell-shaped (campanulata) flowers of a cyclamen red to enliven your garden in late winter or early spring. It grows 4 meters and can be a bit of a thug in Northland where it is banned for its unruly behaviour. Down here in the beautiful clement Otaki it rewards you with it vibrancy.

Au_14_TecomantheTecomanthe

From near extinction to our gardens

From the wilds of Asia and Northern Europe to a home-grown delight Tecomanthe speciosa is a native climber which graces the front wall of Nga Purapura. A solitary plant, found on Three Kings Island, has been saved from extinction. A rampant vine with glossy leaves has never been found growing wild anywhere else. This vine needs a warm climate, is frost tender and produces its glorious flowers straight from the stem in one great cluster of creamy wonder. Just keep your goats away from it – that is what nearly eradicated this treasure.