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How to design the Perfect Outdoor Lighting Setting

How to Design outdoor lighting #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

  It was only a hundred years or so ago that electrical lighting was a luxury, not something virtually everyone in the Western world enjoyed. Today, advancements in light bulb technology mean we can illuminate our homes using a fraction of the electricity of the past. But are we really limited to just brightening our homes? Landscape lighting is an ... Read More »

6 Tips for the ultimate urban balcony garden

6 tips for ultimate urban balcony garden #aboutthegardenmagazine

City living has its drawbacks for gardening enthusiasts. With ever-soaring apartment prices, interior living space is often cramped and outdoor space is seriously limited. But life in the concrete jungle need not be completely devoid of greenery. Before you give apartment living the (green) thumbs down, dig into these 6 tips for cultivating the ultimate urban balcony garden.   1. Look ... Read More »

How to grow Salvias in Australia

Salvias savy planting care in Australia Go Go Scarlet #abouttheg

If you’re looking for plants that flower all year round with the minimum of care, then read on. There are over 500 members of the salvia family and all of them are sensational in the sun. Salvias are classified as annuals, biennials, perennials and herbaceous shrubs. They are rugged plants which grow equally well in rubbly clay or friable loam, ... Read More »

Best pink flowering plants in Australia

Best Pink Flowering Plants in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.

Pink within the garden is a happy and vibrant colour, whether it be pale pink, strawberry pink or hot cerise, it is always welcome and planted often at my place. The colour pink is now the known colour for Breast Cancer Awareness. The month of October each year has seen millions of dollars raised over the years for breast cancer ... Read More »

How to grow Bottlebrush – Callistemon sp.

How to grow Bottlebrush Callistemon in Australia #aboutthegarden

Callistemons (or bottlebrush) are some of the most beautiful and versatile native plants in Australian home gardens. This group of floriferous trees and shrubs are unrivalled in their ability to bring colour and attract native birds to the garden. An icon of the Australian garden, all species of Callistemons are true show stoppers when in bloom and if you happen to ... Read More »

Spring is peak tick season

Tick season in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

This is the time of year to be vigilant about checking pets for paralysis tick. Although ticks can occur year round, their peak period is spring and summer when warm weather combines with periods of rain. The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is found along most of Australia’s east coast where an estimated 20,000 domestic animals are paralysed every year. These ... Read More »

New Season Salvias – ‘Go Go’ Scarlet’ & ‘Go Go’ Purple

Salvias planting care in Australia Go Go Scarlet #aboutthegarden

All salvias are great bloomers and most varieties bloom all year round. Here are two new release varieties to have in your garden this spring.  Salvias ‘Go-Go’ Purple & ‘Go-Go’ Scarlet (PBR) Flowering: These plants are as the name suggests, they are a go-go with flowers continuously. Habit: These sterile plants will live for two to three years and with ... Read More »

Planting guide for Abundant Azaleas

Azalea planting care in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

When it comes to flowering shrubs, it’s difficult not to be stopped in your tracks by the ravaging beauty of an Azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are one of the most striking of flowering shrubs for any garden, yet have attracted a rather unfair reputation of being “fussy” or difficult to grow.  With drought conditions experienced over recent times in ... Read More »

Tuscan Chicken Bake Recipe

recipe tuscan chicken bake healthy vegetables

INGREDIENTS 1kg chicken thighs 125g whole cherry tomatoes  zucchinis, cut into wedges 100g mushrooms, sliced Dutch carrots, whole eshallots, chopped finely Tuscan spice seasoning olive oil rosemary to garnish Method Line tray with baking paper. Place the chicken thighs at the bottom. Scatter creatively tomatoes, zucchinis, mushrooms, carrots over the chicken. Sprinkle over chicken and vegetables generous amounts of Tuscan ... Read More »

How to grow Gordonia – Gordonia axillaris – ‘Fried egg plant’

Growing gordonias.indd

Possibly the perfect shade tree or large shrub for small gardens, the Gordonia (Gordonia axillaris) bears unsurpassed white flowers and glossy, dark green leaves that develop red tips in winter. Gordonias will grow 5 metres tall and wide if left unpruned, with a beautiful, dome-shaped canopy. Its large, crinkly-petalled flowers are borne over a long period from autumn into spring and ... Read More »