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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’

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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 »

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 »

Growing Carrots in Australia

how to grow carrot in your garden

Growing carrots in Australia is easy when you have the correct knowledge. Carrots are one of the few root crops that can be eaten raw or cooked! When to plant carrots The best time to plant carrots in Australia is spring, autumn and winter. Try and avoid cold and hot extremes unless your willing to give you carrots that little ... Read More »

Yearly Seasonal Gardening Australia Flower Garden by Temperate (Regional) Zone

Seasonal Gardening Australia Flowers Garden by Temperate (Regional) Zone header aboutthegarden.com.au

Successful gardening Australia flower garden is all about knowing what to plant in your Temperate (Regional) Zone NOW. Below are links to Seasonal Flower Planting Guide by Temperate (Regional) Zones in Australia, if in doubt talk to your local garden centre & nursery expert for further advice. Summer Flower Planting Guide There’s nothing like a little colour in the garden during Summer. Remember to mulch ... Read More »