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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 »

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 plant and grow onions

How to grow, plant harvest onions in Australia #aboutthegardenma

Onions are a kitchen pantry essential and compared to other vegetables are very easy to grow in poor soil.  Plant onions seedlings to guarantee a good supply at the ready. Planting onions Autumn and winter are a great time to plant onions. They tolerate poor soils and dislike fresh fertiliser. Good drainage is essential — raised beds in an open, ... Read More »

Best Indoor ferns guide for indoor greenery

Best and easy indoor plants to grow in Australia.indd

There’s something quite magical about the calming effect ferns have when we enter a room. Foliage plants soften and compliment any room decor and invite us to remember the natural world and pause for a moment. Whether you incorporate ferns in a greenery type environment or add them to a terrarium display, there is a fern for every purpose. Selecting ... Read More »

Flavour infused water recipes using herbs, fruit and spices

Flavoured water ideas.indd

We have all been told to drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated during the summer months, but drinking litres of water every day can get a little boring and fizzy drinks adds to your calorie count quickly…what to do? Here are some ingredients from the garden to add some zing to your water. Herbs, fruit and spices to flavour water ... Read More »

Herbs that love the heat – Summer herbs

Herbs that love the heat in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.in

Basil Plant basil in a sheltered position and keep it well-watered in the heat of summer. Pruning (or regular harvest) can keep the plants compact and also extend their productive life. Unlike most herbs, its flavour increases with cooking. Includes sweet basil, purple basil, etc. Chives Hardy in garden beds or in pots, plant chives in full sun but don’t ... Read More »

How to grow a pineapple

How to grow, plant Pineapples in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazi

This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.  To start the process, buy a ... Read More »

How to grow, plant and fertilise mangoes

How to grow, plant and fertilise mangoes in Australia #abouttheg

One of the first fruits which come to mind when we think of summer is the fleshy, juicy mango with its golden sunny flesh tempting us. If you have a little room in your back garden, you won’t be disappointed planting one of these divine trees and raiding its offerings. Planting Plant young mango trees in a sunny position in the garden, where there is ... Read More »

Best plants to bring birds to your garden

Plant guide to bring birds into the garden for Australian garden

Without a doubt, the addition of animal life to the garden is a welcome sight for all age groups. One group of living creatures that are always welcomed, no matter the time of year, are birds. We are blessed to have a rich assortment of birdlife in this country that have the opportunity to visit our gardens. However with constant ... 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 »