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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 »

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 »

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 »