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How to plant and grow bougainvilleas

How to grow best bougainvilleas in Australia #aboutthegarden.ind

The popularity of bougainvilleas in Australian gardens comes as little surprise. These hardy climbers will bring dazzling colour to your garden throughout the year, even in the face of severe neglect or drought. Bougainvilleas are also versatile. Traditionally a climber, bougainvilleas can be trained to behave like shrubs, trees – even hedges. Bougainvilleas also make spectacular hanging basket and pot ... Read More »

How to plant and grow onions

How to grow, plant harvest onions in Australia #aboutthegardenma

Onions are a kitchen pantry essential and compared to other vegetables are very easy to grow in poor soil.  Plant onions seedlings to guarantee a good supply at the ready. Planting onions Autumn and winter are a great time to plant onions. They tolerate poor soils and dislike fresh fertiliser. Good drainage is essential — raised beds in an open, ... Read More »

Best plants for gift giving

Best plants for gift living #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Living Gifts…gifts that keep on giving Stuck for a long lasting gift for that special friend or loved one? A fresh, prettily presented new plant is a wonderful option. Whether your friend is an inexperienced gardener or a seasoned green thumb, a plant can literally breathe new life into their living environment. Quick tip: When picking flowering plants for a ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »