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Lovely Lavender – Planting and growing lavender

Growing and planting lavender in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazi

Lavender has enjoyed universal and enduring popularity in Australian home gardens and the reasons are quite clear. They are hardy and resistant to disease as well as being stylish — suiting most garden or landscape styles, regardless of fashions or trends. Basic requirements Lavender needs full sun to grow and flower well. Without at least 6 hours of direct sun ... Read More »

Basil varieties to grow

Basil varieties to grow in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.ind

pictured above: sweet basil & purple basil We have all used the common sweet basil. Now its time to grow the other basil varieties. Lemon (Ocimum citriodorum) or Lime basil Lemon basil gives a great citrus zing to salads and stir fries. (annual) Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum ssp.) Plant the beautiful and delicious Thai basil year-round in frost-free zones. Its distinct ‘licorice’ flavour ... Read More »

Roasted pumpkin & feta salad recipe

Roasted pumpkin and feta salad recipe.indd

Try this hearty summer salad when guests next pop around for a BBQ. It ticks all the boxes on health, taste & quick prep. Ingredients 400g cubed pumpkin Red onion Packet of baby spinach 1/2 cup walnuts Persian feta 200g baby beets, quartered Dressing 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey 1 tbsp olive oil Method Place pumpkin cubes and ... 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 »

Bamboo ground covers

Bamboo ground cover in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Bamboo Ground Covers are a spreading variety of bamboo, very similar to lawns and can be contained with a simple root barrier if desired. They have shallow, fibrous root systems that are great for soil stability and to prevent erosion; as well as weed prevention and minimising mowing! They are perfect for filling banks, borders, rock walls, raised garden beds, ... Read More »

Passionfruit Melting Moment Recipe

Passionfruit melting moment recipe.indd

For a truly pleasurable experience, find a moment to enjoy these passionfruit delights. Ingredients 250g unsalted softened butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted 2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup cornflour Passionfruit Filling 60g butter, softened 1 large passionfruit 1 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 160˚C. Line two flat baking trays with baking paper. Cream ... Read More »

Epiphytic plants – Air plants – no soil plants

Epiphytic plants in Australia 2 #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

As gardeners, most of us are fully accustomed to growing plants in containers or directly in the ground, but for some who lack the generosity of garden space, growing plants can often be a struggle with space restrictions, difficult corners to tackle or an overabundance of tree cover to block out sunlight. Well what may seem like obstacles should possibly ... Read More »

New Release roses for 2017

New Release 2017 Roses for winter in Australia #aboutthegardenma

2017 new release roses from Treloar Roses are bigger and better then ever. Here are our pick to plant this winter.  ‘Summer Romance’ FLORIBUNDA ROSE A beautiful variety with intensely scented flowers of fresh apple. It has a bushy habit, upright and even growth with very disease tolerant foliage. Approx. 80cm H. ‘Garden Friend’ FLORIBUNDA ROSE Truly a gardener’s friend. ... Read More »

Growing cauliflower

How to grow, plant harvest cauliflower in Australia #aboutthegar

Watching cauliflower heads form is as entertaining as cooking with them in the kitchen. Planting Cauliflower Cauliflowers are best planted in autumn and early winter to enable the flowering heads or curds to ripen in cold weather. Plant them in a full sun position with good drainage and deep, rich soil to accommodate their extensive roots. Growing them in a ... Read More »

Pelargoniums for garden colour (Geraniums)

Pelargoniums for garden colour - Geraniums - Australian Gardens

They have been part of gardens for countless generations and loved by both new and well-seasoned gardeners alike. Although we affectionately refer to them as Geraniums, they are in fact Pelargoniums and although related, are not to be confused for the hardy groundcover “true” geraniums  or “Cranes bills” more commonly seen in temperate climates. Those new to gardening often regard ... Read More »