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

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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 »

Winter rose planting and care

Winter rose planting and care in Australia #aboutthegarden.indd

Gardens just would not be complete without the magnificent scented rose flowers and winter is a perfect time to plant them. POSITION Roses love a full sun position and like room around them so they don’t become overcrowded. When planting roses, make sure to leave about a 60cm space all around them. This will help promote good air circulation throughout ... Read More »

New releases roses from Treloar roses

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  Treloar Roses have announced some exciting new releases in the world of roses for 2015. The range includes pink, oranges and reds from tea roses to floribunda forms. Here is a list of our favourites that will sure to make your garden smile with colour.  Wedding Bells – Hybrid Tea Rose (Korsteflali) A low growing Hybrid Tea Rose to about 1m high and 60cm ... Read More »

Shade Loving Hellebores the Easy Care Winter Flower

winter flower garden hellebores about the garden magazine

Gardeners in cooler climates around Australia are in for a treat this winter with new release hellebores that will knock your socks off. More easy-care and rewarding to grow than ever before, these elegant perennials will give any neglected, shady area a dramatic and graceful facelift. Easy to grow, frost hardy and dry tolerant once established, hellebores are perfect for ... Read More »

Winter Flower Lavender Love

winter flower garden lavender flowers about the garden magazine

Few plants convey the understated romance of fresh lavender in flower. In Queensland, lavender flowers year-round and winter is the start of its flowering season. Exciting new cultivars are now available in nurseries and there’s no better time to take advantage of our wonderful climate by planting some! The pretty flowers, soothing fragrance and easy-care nature of lavender have made ... Read More »

Autumn Flower Bouquets for Mother’s Day

Autumn Flowers ten living flowers for Mum on Mother's Day

 Whilst there is no denying that cut flowers are lovely, a bouquet of living flowers lasts longer and will continue to flourish with blooms over several months or even years! This Mother’s Day, consider dropping into your local garden expert and purchasing a living bouquet for Mum. 1. Mother’s Day Orchids Autumn is a wonderful time for orchids, with four wonderful ... Read More »

Light It Up Blue – Blue Autumn Flowers

Light it up Blue Blue Autumn Flowers for Autism Awareness #LIUB

April 2nd is ‘light it up blue’ for Autism Awareness. If you’re not sure what Autism actually is, PHD student Nicole Grant and our guest Occupational Therapist here at About the Garden, defines Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism as “the term given to the group of neurodevelopmental disorders that are characterised by: Difficulty with social interaction Poor communication skills, and Observed ... Read More »

Vegetable Companion Plants – Autumn

Vegetables companion plants autumn about the garden

   If your planting a vegetable garden this Autumn, it’s a good idea to keep some basic companion planting principles in mind when sowing or planting vegetable seedlings. Situating your vegetable plants next to the ‘right friends’ is a bit like socialising at a family gathering. Think about it, your more likely to engage and have a good time with ... Read More »

Autumn Azalea Care – Four (4) Must Do’s

Autumn Azalea Care Four Care tips

There are four must do’s on the Autumn Azalea Care list to keep your plants healthy, happy and bursting with colour. Mulching Because azaleas are shallow-rooted they should always be kept well mulched. Lay the mulch 12cm thick but don’t let it touch the stem of the plant as this can facilitate collar-rot. For best results, reapply mulch at least ... Read More »

How to grow Heliconias

how to grow heliconia the tropical plant

Want to have a garden that’s the envy of your friends and neighbours? Or simply dazzle your visitors with your amazing indoor flower arrangements? Then you might like to grow a heliconia in your garden and create an exotic ‘tropical’ look. Heliconias, with their bold leaves and brilliant coloured flowers, are extraordinary tropical plants that can provide a fantastic focal ... Read More »