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Spring garden pests to control

Garden Pests and bugs in spring in Australia #aboutthegardenmaga

After being dormant in winter, many garden pests and bugs are on the move in spring. Here are six common garden pests to control.  Bronze orange bug Watch out for these brightly coloured orange bugs on citrus trees and flowers. They suck the sap from young stems and damage new growth. They give off a bad smelling substance when threatened so ... Read More »

Iris plants for any garden type

Iris plants for any type of garden in Australia #aboutthegardenm

Iris have managed to equally capture the imaginations of artists, authors, poets and garden lovers on a global scale. The large variety available make Irises adaptable to suit different garden and pond planting situations.   Iris originate primarily from the northern hemisphere from Europe, Asia and into North America. Apart from the many hundreds of hybrid cultivars of bearded and Louisiana iris ... Read More »

Small trees in small gardens

Small trees for small gardens plant ideas in Australia #aboutthe

As suburban gardens become increasingly smaller with each passing year, it can become difficult to choose small trees to fit into these smaller gardens, with many people even opting out of the opportunity. Even if your garden’s restricted size may dictate to grow a minimal selection of plants, planting a small tree as a focal feature or element of shade should ... Read More »

Growing Mulberries

Mulberries growing in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

It is such one of life’s simple pleasures to walk about in your garden in the warmer months and notice rich juicy berries ready for picking. For most the temptation is too great and they are consumed right there and then. Mulberries will be forming on their trees soon. Unlike raspberries and boysenberries which prefer a cool climate, mulberries are ... Read More »

Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Mandevillas climbing plant in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, ... Read More »

Shade Loving Clivias

Shade loving Clivias in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

This hardy perennial brings a lush, tropical look to the garden all year round with its lush, strappy foliage and bold coloured blooms and needs little care once established. Clivias are excellent for growing in dry shade such as under the canopy of a leafy tree. They look spectacular planted en masse, especially when in flower. They also tolerate root ... Read More »

How to control common Winter weeds

Control Winter weeds in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Most lawn weeds begin their germination and growth in winter, especially bindii, clovers and broad leaf weeds, so this is the perfect time to commence an eradication program for a weed free lawn through the spring and summer seasons. STEP 1. Winter lawn growth is slow in Winter so you can afford to keep the lawn longer to keep out ... Read More »

New Release Rose Winter 2016

New Release 2016 Roses for winter in Australia #aboutthegardenma

These new release roses combine the charm and fragrance of old roses with the wider colour range and repeat flowering of modern roses, all for an Australian climate. ‘Tranquillity’ Rose- David Austin Beautifully shaped blooms with neatly placed petals that make up perfect rosettes. The opening buds are lightly tinged yellow at first, later becoming pure white. The growth is ... Read More »

Growing Cyclamens

Growing Cyclamen

The coolness of winter brings us the perfect living gift for any loved one — cyclamen. How do you spread the love when temperatures fall? When a person is born or when two are married? When your best friend moves house or when they are blue? How do you give them some TLC to let them know you care? Cut ... Read More »

Growing Kalanchoes

How to grow Kalanchoes in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

With the onset of winter, we sometimes need a kick start to get out in the garden. The vibrant shades of the hardy Kalanchoe make them the perfect winter warmer. Kalanchoes are some of the prettiest bushy succulents around. They belong to the stonecrop (Crassulaceae) family which is the same family as the jade plant or money tree.  Kalanchoes are ... Read More »