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Seasonal Newsletter – Spring!

Every quarter, we mail out some great seasonal garden tips, feature plants, delicious recipes, and helpful tips as to where you can find Touch of Class Plants near you.

We recently sent out the Easter edition of the newsletter, and it was a good one – if we say so ourselves. If you missed out, fear not, there is a link below where you can catch up.

We hope you enjoy this edition, be sure to sign up, and if you enjoy it, share with your friends!

View the spring newsletter here.

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Seasonal Newsletter – Winter

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Every quarter, we will be sending great seasonal garden tips, feature plants, a delicious recipe, and helpful tips as to where you can find Touch of Class Plants near you.

We recently sent out the Winter edition of the newsletter. If you missed out, fear not, as we have provided a link below where you can catch up. We hope you enjoy this edition, be sure to sign up, and if you enjoy it, share with your friends!

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2017 Product Catalogue

Feel free to have a read through the 2017 Touch of Class Plants Product Catalogue.

This year, Touch of Class® Plants brings you a new and exciting variety of plants. This includes high impact colour, edibles, trees, shrubs and improved versions of landscape favourites – have a look and see for yourself! All plants listed are listed in alphabetical order. If you would like more information on a certain plant, have a look in our Product Reference section.

If you would like more information in regards to a certain plant,  have a look for it in our Plant Search section. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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To view some great Touch of Class plant ranges, head to our plant range page!

Diamonds in the Dark® A revolutionary new range of Lagerstroemias!

They feature flawless near-black foliage that emerges in early spring, followed by masses of vivid blooms from summer until first frost. When planted en masse the Lagerstroemia Diamonds in the Dark® range creates a vibrant show of colour.

The range will grow to 3m x 2.5m in height and width. Their compact growth habit makes attractive flowering hedges or beautiful trees to line your driveway or fence. The Diamonds in the Dark® Range are perfect for planting in decorative pots to place on your deck, porch or balcony.

Key features include…

  • Flawless near black foliage
  • Grows to 3m x 2.5m
  • Beautiful as a garden specimen
  • Vibrant and colourful hedge

For more information on these amazing range of plants, head to DiamondsintheDark.com.au

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To view our great Touch of Class plant ranges, head to our plant range page!

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

The 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show will be open to the public from 9:00am – 5:00pm from Wednesday March 25th to Sunday March 29th.

The world renowned flower and garden Show will be entering its 20th year in 2015 and is regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Featuring the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer along side an extensive array of garden retail products, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is a celebration of Australian lifestyle and our great outdoors.

Staged within the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens, this prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event.

Be sure to come down, check out our stand and say hello!

2016 Product Catalogue

Feel free to have a read through the 2015 Touch of Class Plants Product Catalogue.

This year, Touch of Class® Plants brings you a new and exciting variety of plants. This includes high impact colour, edibles, trees, shrubs and improved versions of landscape favourites – have a look and see for yourself! All plants listed are listed in alphabetical order. If you would like more information on a certain plant, have a look in our Product Reference section.

If you would like more information in regards to a certain plant,  have a look for it in our Plant Search section. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Note: Click on the magazine to make it full screen.

Movember

My name is Mark Harrison, and I have a beard. A beard I started growing 9 months ago when my girlfriend moved overseas. Then there’s my senior, Robert Harrison. He also sports a beard.

This isn’t just any beard, however…it’s a work of art. A magnificent display of facial fur. It’s the kind of beard that makes ordinary passers-by look twice. It has caught more food than any infants bib can claim, and it has long been a support to invoke great ideas from being gently grasped in moments of contemplation. Those that know my father, will know that his beard defines him, it’s intertwined into his identity and is as much a part of who he is as anything else.

He has worn a beard for 39 years, which is older than all three of his children. In 2000, he had his beloved beard shaved off and raised a mammoth $15,025 for the Royal Childrens Hospital in the process. It was quite a shock to my brother, sister and I, as we had never seen what was behind that rugged lock of manliness. My girlfriend is back from overseas now, and every now and then makes a subtle reference to my beard still being on my face. So, after picking up the hints I plan to shave it off.

I was working with Dad the other day and thought I’d throw out the question “How much would it take to get your beard off again?”. He replied “Well, it got $15,000 last time, so it would have to get close to that I reckon.” So here is our goal… We will attempt raise $15,000 from now until the end of November, as part of the Movember movement.

If we can reach this target, Dad and I will be at the mercy of the clippers and the cut-throat. After a mere 9 months I have become somewhat attached to my beard, but my attachment is minute to that of Dad and his; so for him to agree to this again is huge and admirable as it is all for a great cause.

Movember started in Melbourne between two mates in 2003, who thought they would challenge a bunch of their mates to grow a ‘stache in support of mens health and prostate cancer. As of the end of 2013, Movember has spread to 21 countries and raised $580 million dollars since it started. With this money Movember fund programs for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. So please dig deep for your dad, husband, brother, son, boyfriend, uncle, or any other bloke close to you, and help us reach our target to get these beards off!

You can donate by going to mobro.co/thetwobeardscateers or head to the Movember website and search for Mark Harrison.

 

Autumn’s the new Spring.

Here’s some new plant inspiration!

Don’t wait until spring to get the most out of your garden, autumn is a great time for gardening. Autumn is my favourite time of the year for planting; the ground is still warm from summer, days are milder and we usually get a bit of rain creating the perfect conditions for plants to establish. Letting your new plants settle in during autumn lets you reap rewards the following spring.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, keep an eye out for some of the many new plants available this season; here’s a few to get you started.

Citrus meyer dwarf ‘Lemonicious’

( New )

This new, small growing lemon is super new in garden centres. Citrus ‘Lemonicious’ is a strong plant that produces masses of fruit. It will grow to around 1.5m x 1.5m in approximately 10 years when planted in the ground. In a large pot Citrus ‘Lemonicious’ will grow to around 1m x 1m, it will fruit well and live happily in a pot for many years, without needing to be re-potted.

A couple of things to remember when planting in pots are that you need to make sure the pot has good drainage and fertilise with small amounts more often; Citrus growing in the garden are usually fertilised twice a year, in August and again in February. However, citrus in pots do better if they are fertilised with smaller amounts more often. Use citrus food, pelletised manure or a slow release fertiliser for pots.

So whether your garden consist of pots on a balcony or large sprawling garden beds, Citrus ‘Lemonicious’ makes a valuable addition and produces such versatile fruit.

Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’

( New )

Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ is a stunning new plant that grows as a lush green, cushiony mound to around 40cm x 50cm. From mid-summer until the end of autumn the foliage is absolutely smothered with small, deep red daisies flowers with overlapping petals, these flowers nestle themselves just on top of the foliage.

Coreopsis ‘Cherry Pie’ was bred and selected due to its compact habit and profuse flowering. Coreopsis prefers free draining soil and a sunny position for best flowering display. Coreopsis creates a great border and due to their long flowering time, they make ideal colourful fillers. Coreopsis cherry Pie has a perfect natural shape and suits a vast range of garden styles.

Coreopsis ‘Fruit Punch’

( New )

Coreopsis ‘Fruit Punch’ is an eye catching plant featuring sweet two-toned daisy like flowers with a light pink edge and a red eye. Coreopsis ‘Fruit Punch’ grows to around 50cm x 50cm. It is very free flowering with flowers covering the fresh green foliage through summer and autumn.

For best flower display plant in a sunny position with well drained soil, prune as desired or after flowering to maintain shape and fertilise annually with a long term slow release fertiliser. Coreopsis ‘Fruit Punch’ is great for rockeries and adding a splash of colour to the garden.

Coreopsis ‘Mango Punch’

( New )

Coreopsis ‘Mango Punch’ has a similar habit to ‘Cherry Pie’ being that it has a naturally neat round shape growing to 40 cm x 50cm. Vibrant daisy flowers of mango-orange with a red overlay cover the plant close to the foliage from summer right through autumn.

Ideal for border, rockeries, decorative pots and is a handy colourful filler for gardens. Coreopsis ‘Mango Punch’ is best suited to a sunny position with free draining soil and can be pruned as desired or after flowering.

Hebe ‘Jewel of the Nile’

( New )

An interesting new Hebe with cream and green foliage featuring contrasting magenta red stems. The magenta colour on the stems spreads across the foliage to give the plant a sparkling jewel like appearance during autumn. Through winter the pink trimmed foliage intensifies to a pinkish red enhancing the impact

Hebe ‘Jewel of the Nile’ is a compact evergreen shrub growing to approximately 60cm high x 50cm wide. It combines several features that make it attractive throughout the year. Require free draining soil and is best grown in a sunny position. Great for all gardens and creates a striking decorative pot. No matter its use, the effect will be stunning.

Dahlia Dream Series

( Dream Weaver, Dream Catcher, Dream Maker, Dream Seeker )

The Dahlia Dream Series are a real break through in plant breeding from eminent NZ plant breeder Dr Keith Hammett. The Dream Series all have dark foliage & bright colourful reverse collerette blooms. These will still be available in your local garden centres now, it’s not too late.

Plant Dahlia Dream Series in autumn, and let them establish before they go to sleep for winter, come spring when the new growth erupts you will have nice strong plants and plenty of flowers. Just remember to plant in a sunny position and no extra watering once the foliage has died down.

Facebook Competition!

If you missed it on the weekend, the new season of The Garden Gurus kicked off. Featured on the show was our very own Pittosporum Golfball (video below). Also, a reminder that our new Facebook competition is open! All you have to do is go to the page, like Touch of Class Plants, click the competition tab, and enter your details. Good luck!

Looking for a Specific Plant?

Did you know that we have a search function that allows you to find your nearest Touch of Class Plants retailer?

Simply head to Postcode Search, enter your postcode, and view your nearest garden retailer!

Although not every retailer may stock the entire Touch of Class Plants range, you should be able to place an order with your local nursery.