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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 »

Growing Agapanthus this Summer

How to grow agapanthus this summer PMA #aboutthegarden #dwarf

Agapanthus are popular across Australia. The winning combination of their bold flowers and easy care nature mean that just about everyone can find a spot for them in their garden. Agapanthus were introduced into Australia from South Africa and with more and more varieties now available, they have almost become a symbol of summer with their long lasting displays continuing ... Read More »

6 Plants with Grass-like Foliage

6 grass-like foliage plants for summer #aboutthegarden

Whether you’re after the contemporary look or just want some structure and texture in your garden, plants with grass-like foliage tick all the right boxes and most are super tough. 1. Lomandra ‘Silver Grace’ Lomandra ‘Silver Grace’ is a fast-growing native grass with fine, silvery foliage and plumes of yellow, fragrant flowers in summer. Very hardy, it takes hot, dry conditions ... Read More »

8 Summer Flowers for Shady Gardens

8 shade loving summer flowers #aboutthegarden

Does your garden have a shady spot in need of some colour? Most flowering plants need good sunlight to perform well, which can create a problem in that gloomy corner. Fortunately, there are a range of plants that love dappled shade and even a few that will flower in deep shade, so the trick to success is clever plant selection. ... Read More »

Hot Tibouchinas for containers

Tibouchina for containers & cold regions

Tibouchinas are subtropical plants native to Brazil. They are famed for their large and vibrant flowers, usually in shades of eye-catching purple. Their striking appearance has given rise to them being referred to as glory bushes or glory trees. There are many varieties of Tibouchina ranging from 1m shrubs to 6m trees. As the popularity of Tibouchina’s has increased in ... Read More »

Best Climbing Spring Flowers for Pots

best climbing spring flowers for pots in the australian garden

Flowering climbing plants grown in pots offer versatility, variety and are great for colourful living screen or garden archways. Here is the best climbing spring flowers for pots that will do the job with minimal fuss. Allamanda Gorgeous yellow trumpet shaped flowers occurring in clusters give a splash of colour on a wall, fence and support. Prune after flowering to encourage strong growth and repeat flowering. Protect from frost and plant ... Read More »

Growing Spices at Home this Spring

Growing Spices at Home this Spring in the garden

Replicating the intoxicating aromas and flavours we experience in restaurants can be as simple as obtaining high quality spices, and there’s no better way than growing spices at home this spring! Spice History The spice trade has a rich history. In the early days, spices did more than simply improve the flavour of food — they served in the vital function of food preservation. Early sea traders ... Read More »