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5 ways to transform your outdoor entertaining area

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With the Australian summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to think about revamping your outdoor space and make it a haven for entertaining. Bozzy Shade Blinds have put together a few ideas of how to transform your outdoor area and make it the perfect space to host guests or simply enjoy a relaxing family meal. Invest in durable ... Read More »

Why is my passionfruit vine not 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 »

Iris plants for any garden type

Iris plants for any type of garden in Australia #aboutthegardenm

Iris have managed to equally capture the imaginations of artists, authors, poets and garden lovers on a global scale. The large variety available make Irises adaptable to suit different garden and pond planting situations.   Iris originate primarily from the northern hemisphere from Europe, Asia and into North America. Apart from the many hundreds of hybrid cultivars of bearded and Louisiana iris ... Read More »

9 tips to keep cut flowers flowering longer

9 tips for how to keep cut flowers flowering longer in Australia

Try these 9 ways to keep cut flowers flowering longer.  Cut off the stems an inch every two days. This will keep the end of the stem open to draw water upwards. Fill a clean vase with warm water and replace water every two days. Add a 1/2 teaspoon each of bleach, sugar and white vingear into the water to ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Easy Bird Seed Hanging Feeder to make

Bird Seed Hanging Feeder recipe #garden aboutthegarden.com.au.in

Bird Seed Hanging Feeder Want to attract more birds to your garden? Here is an easy and quick recipe to whip up in the kitchen and hang in your favourite tree. Make a cup of coffee and watch your feathered friends come to visit. Ingredients 2 x 50g gelatine packets 250ml water 2 or 3 cups of bird seed Oil ... Read More »

5 Tips for gardening in a small space

5 tips for gardening in a small space #aboutthegardenmagazine.in

Not long ago, I found myself cooped up in a modest dwelling, a studio size apartment with barely enough space to swing a cat, the type of property a real estate listing would call humble and full of character. Being a competent gardener, I craved a bit of nature, the feeling of soil through my fingers, the aromatic scents of ... Read More »

How to design the Perfect Outdoor Lighting Setting

How to Design outdoor lighting #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

  It was only a hundred years or so ago that electrical lighting was a luxury, not something virtually everyone in the Western world enjoyed. Today, advancements in light bulb technology mean we can illuminate our homes using a fraction of the electricity of the past. But are we really limited to just brightening our homes? Landscape lighting is an ... Read More »

6 Tips for the ultimate urban balcony garden

6 tips for ultimate urban balcony garden #aboutthegardenmagazine

City living has its drawbacks for gardening enthusiasts. With ever-soaring apartment prices, interior living space is often cramped and outdoor space is seriously limited. But life in the concrete jungle need not be completely devoid of greenery. Before you give apartment living the (green) thumbs down, dig into these 6 tips for cultivating the ultimate urban balcony garden.   1. Look ... Read More »