Getting that autumn feel with a colourful foliage plant
Deciduous trees, shrubs and vines bring colour to temperate climate gardens during autumn and early winter. If your garden lacks deciduous autumn colour, March is a good month to visit your local hardware or garden centre to select plants which colour up in autumn. Colourful varieties include Japanese maples, ornamental grapevine and ginkgo.
When selecting a plant, especially a tree, read the plant tag. It will have its growing requirement, including height and width. Always ensure you have the space to accommodate the plant. If unsure of your selection, talk to the horticultural staff who can advise you on your plant choice.
When preparing for planting, soil preparation is the key. Start by removing weeds and unwanted plants. Add homemade compost and organic matter and/or Seasol Super Compost to the soil. It has everything in the bag to take the guesswork out of improving the soil.