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Why is my passionfruit vine not fruiting or flowering

Passionfruit not flowering in Australia #passionfruit #abouttheg

Probably the most common problem for passionfruit grown in home gardens is poor fruit set, which is generally due to a lack of flowers being pollinated. We have listed tips to grow more passionfruit flowers.  This can occur for a number of reasons, the main one being a lack of pollinators. This means there are not enough bees around to pollinate the ... Read More »

The types of daisies

Types of daisies in Australia - Daisy varieties - Marguerite daisy #aboutthegardenmagazine-1

The simple daisy has managed to capture the hearts of all who venture into gardening. They are a member of an immense group of plants botanically referred to as the asteracea, (formerly the compositae) and can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Although seemingly simple in appearance, daisies are actually more like two flowers in one. The main ... Read More »

Tips for making beautiful flower arrangements

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    Flower arranging isn’t all about putting flowers in a vase full of water! If you are looking for some blossom-filled, attention getting floral arrangement, you know there’s more to it than that. If you’ve ever tried to make your own flower arrangement, you’d know many of the things you need to do to make a neat and long-lasting arrangement. Here ... Read More »

Botanical Artist – Australian Artist Profile – Roz Borg

Australian Botanical Artist Roz Borg #aboutthegardenmagazine.ind

Roz Borg fell into botanical art through her love of interiors. When helping family design a cafe 3 years ago her Art Degree kicked into gear and she started using plants as not only as a space filler but as art. Terrariums, succulent living frames and decorative planters made bespoke for the space quickly gained interest from the clientele and ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns How to Detect Lawn Grubs

how to indentify if you have a lawn grub infestation

There are two main types of lawn grub, each of which can cause devastation to lawns before you are even aware of their presence. Here are some easy ways to recognise and deal with them before they do too much damage. White curl grub The first type of lawn grub is the white curl grub. These white, ‘C’-shaped grubs are ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Lawn Grub Killer or Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well. Alternatively, attach the Searles Lawn Grub Killer 2 litre Hose-On pack to a garden hose and spray it over your lawn or dilute the Searles Lawn Grub Killer Concentrate from the chamber pack and apply ... Read More »

Planting and growing hedge and screening tips

Modern plants for hedges and screening #aboutthegardenmagazine.i

Choosing the right hedging plant for the right location will set you up for success. Here is a ‘how to guide’ to planting, growing and pruning hedges.    Choosing a hedging plant When choosing a plant variety, consider the height and width you want the hedge at its final size, and choose a plant variety which will match this. Consider the ... Read More »

Modern, fast growing plants for hedges and screening

Modern plants for hedges and screening #aboutthegardenmagazine.i

Are you tired of plain, green murraya or English box hedges? How about a hedge with a difference that creates a talking point at barbecues and inspires the envy of your neighbours? These little beauties are reliable, fast growing hedging plants that are sure to grab the spotlight.   Metrosideros ‘Fiji Fire’ This tough performer is excellent for hedges up to ... Read More »

Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips

Tips for growing Autumn Herbs

Autumn is a great time to plant herbs in most parts of Australia and a great addition to any home garden, being not only decorative but delicious in hearty stews and sumptuous Asian dishes. Below is our ‘Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips’ that will have your herb flourishing! Herbs love well drained soil: – if planting in a garden ... Read More »

Succulent plant care – how to grow and plant succulents

Succulent plant care in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Succulents are known for their hardiness and water wise habits, but succulents still need a little love and attention. Here are the simple rules to keep succulents looking their best. Planting succulents For ideal soil conditions use the planting mix specially designed for their nutrient requirements. Searles Cacti & Succulent Mix feeds succulents and cacti for 9 months and has ... Read More »