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Fragrant Plants for Summer Gardens

Best fragrant plants flower in summer in Australia #aboutthegard

The long days of summer are often seen as an opportunity to escape from the heat with cool walks along the beach, casual barbecues with friends and a time to admire all the hard work you’ve put into the garden earlier in the year.  Creating welcoming and cool places in our gardens to be enjoyed by the whole family is ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »