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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 control common Winter weeds

Control Winter weeds in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Most lawn weeds begin their germination and growth in winter, especially bindii, clovers and broad leaf weeds, so this is the perfect time to commence an eradication program for a weed free lawn through the spring and summer seasons. STEP 1. Winter lawn growth is slow in Winter so you can afford to keep the lawn longer to keep out ... Read More »

New Release Rose Winter 2016

New Release 2016 Roses for winter in Australia #aboutthegardenma

These new release roses combine the charm and fragrance of old roses with the wider colour range and repeat flowering of modern roses, all for an Australian climate. ‘Tranquillity’ Rose- David Austin Beautifully shaped blooms with neatly placed petals that make up perfect rosettes. The opening buds are lightly tinged yellow at first, later becoming pure white. The growth is ... Read More »

Growing Cyclamens

Growing Cyclamen

The coolness of winter brings us the perfect living gift for any loved one — cyclamen. How do you spread the love when temperatures fall? When a person is born or when two are married? When your best friend moves house or when they are blue? How do you give them some TLC to let them know you care? Cut ... Read More »

Growing Kalanchoes

How to grow Kalanchoes in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

With the onset of winter, we sometimes need a kick start to get out in the garden. The vibrant shades of the hardy Kalanchoe make them the perfect winter warmer. Kalanchoes are some of the prettiest bushy succulents around. They belong to the stonecrop (Crassulaceae) family which is the same family as the jade plant or money tree.  Kalanchoes are ... Read More »

Growing Garden Peas

How to grow Garden Peas in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.ind

A cool season favourite, peas are great whether they are eaten raw or cooked up in an Asian stir-fry. Both snow peas and garden peas are delicious, have similar growing requirements and are easy to grow. They are the ultimate winter treat. Being a climber, snow pea and pea plants will need a trellis to grow onto. It’s easiest to ... 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 »

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 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 »

Winter rose planting and care

Winter rose planting and care in Australia #aboutthegarden.indd

Gardens just would not be complete without the magnificent scented rose flowers and winter is a perfect time to plant them. POSITION Roses love a full sun position and like room around them so they don’t become overcrowded. When planting roses, make sure to leave about a 60cm space all around them. This will help promote good air circulation throughout ... Read More »