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Shade Loving Hellebores the Easy Care Winter Flower

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Gardeners in cooler climates around Australia are in for a treat this winter with new release hellebores that will knock your socks off. More easy-care and rewarding to grow than ever before, these elegant perennials will give any neglected, shady area a dramatic and graceful facelift. Easy to grow, frost hardy and dry tolerant once established, hellebores are perfect for ... Read More »

Winter Flower Lavender Love

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Few plants convey the understated romance of fresh lavender in flower. In Queensland, lavender flowers year-round and winter is the start of its flowering season. Exciting new cultivars are now available in nurseries and there’s no better time to take advantage of our wonderful climate by planting some! The pretty flowers, soothing fragrance and easy-care nature of lavender have made ... Read More »

Gardening on the South Side in Australia

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A south-facing garden can make it difficult to grow vegetables or fruit trees, yet in the hot Australian climate; the gentle coolness of a southern aspect can be a true blessing. In Australia, the sun is usually in the northern part of the sky and moves even farther north in winter. On the southern side of a house, tree or other ... Read More »

Dividing and Repotting Cattleya Orchids

dividing and repotting cattleya orchids

The beautiful cattleya orchid loves a position with good, filtered sunlight or semi-shade, such as in the bough of a tree. It will grow in all parts of Australia and is easy to propagate by division.  Four (4) steps to dividing and repotting cattleyas STEP 1: Like most orchids, cattleyas prefer to be pot bound rather than overpotted. This is ... Read More »

Autumn Azalea Care – Four (4) Must Do’s

Autumn Azalea Care Four Care tips

There are four must do’s on the Autumn Azalea Care list to keep your plants healthy, happy and bursting with colour. Mulching Because azaleas are shallow-rooted they should always be kept well mulched. Lay the mulch 12cm thick but don’t let it touch the stem of the plant as this can facilitate collar-rot. For best results, reapply mulch at least ... Read More »

Hot Tibouchinas for containers

Tibouchina for containers & cold regions

Tibouchinas are subtropical plants native to Brazil. They are famed for their large and vibrant flowers, usually in shades of eye-catching purple. Their striking appearance has given rise to them being referred to as glory bushes or glory trees. There are many varieties of Tibouchina ranging from 1m shrubs to 6m trees. As the popularity of Tibouchina’s has increased in ... Read More »

Dipladenias – hardy flowering plants good for pots

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The dipladenia’s hardy nature and handsome, brightly coloured flowers have made it a favourite pot plant in Australian home gardens. This little beauty is versatile, too. Usually thought of as a climber, the dipladenia is just as easy to train as a small shrub. Here’s how to grow them in pots. Climate/temperate zones Dipladenias originate from the tropics and subtropics ... Read More »

Five (5) Best Flowers to Plant in Spring

five big flowers that are best to grow in spring

Now that it’s spring, more plants are in flower than at any other time of year and the look this season is bold, flamboyant and, well… BIG. Here’s our Five (5) Best Flowers to Plant in Spring that will have your garden blooming in all things bold, brash and colourful! Sunflowers Native to the Americas, this giant of the flower world ... Read More »

Yearly Seasonal Gardening Australia Flower Garden by Temperate (Regional) Zone

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Successful gardening Australia flower garden is all about knowing what to plant in your Temperate (Regional) Zone NOW. Below are links to Seasonal Flower Planting Guide by Temperate (Regional) Zones in Australia, if in doubt talk to your local garden centre & nursery expert for further advice. Summer Flower Planting Guide There’s nothing like a little colour in the garden during Summer. Remember to mulch ... Read More »

Three (3) Hardy Winter Purple Flowers for the Garden

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Purple flowers bring calm, creativity and relaxation to a winter garden, a balance between fiery reds and calming blues. They recede in the garden, helping to make small garden spaces feel larger, so ideal for small gardens, courtyard and balcony spaces. Don’t fear if your a known ‘black thumb’, you can still bring purple into your winter garden with our Top 3 Hardy Purple Flower Picks below! ... Read More »