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New Season Salvias – ‘Go Go’ Scarlet’ & ‘Go Go’ Purple

Salvias planting care in Australia Go Go Scarlet #aboutthegarden

All salvias are great bloomers and most varieties bloom all year round. Here are two new release varieties to have in your garden this spring.  Salvias ‘Go-Go’ Purple & ‘Go-Go’ Scarlet (PBR) Flowering: These plants are as the name suggests, they are a go-go with flowers continuously. Habit: These sterile plants will live for two to three years and with ... Read More »

Planting guide for Abundant Azaleas

Azalea planting care in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

When it comes to flowering shrubs, it’s difficult not to be stopped in your tracks by the ravaging beauty of an Azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are one of the most striking of flowering shrubs for any garden, yet have attracted a rather unfair reputation of being “fussy” or difficult to grow.  With drought conditions experienced over recent times in ... Read More »

How to grow Gordonia – Gordonia axillaris – ‘Fried egg plant’

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Possibly the perfect shade tree or large shrub for small gardens, the Gordonia (Gordonia axillaris) bears unsurpassed white flowers and glossy, dark green leaves that develop red tips in winter. Gordonias will grow 5 metres tall and wide if left unpruned, with a beautiful, dome-shaped canopy. Its large, crinkly-petalled flowers are borne over a long period from autumn into spring and ... Read More »

Winter rose planting and care

Winter rose planting and care in Australia #aboutthegarden.indd

Gardens just would not be complete without the magnificent scented rose flowers and winter is a perfect time to plant them. POSITION Roses love a full sun position and like room around them so they don’t become overcrowded. When planting roses, make sure to leave about a 60cm space all around them. This will help promote good air circulation throughout ... Read More »

New releases roses from Treloar roses

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  Treloar Roses have announced some exciting new releases in the world of roses for 2015. The range includes pink, oranges and reds from tea roses to floribunda forms. Here is a list of our favourites that will sure to make your garden smile with colour.  Wedding Bells – Hybrid Tea Rose (Korsteflali) A low growing Hybrid Tea Rose to about 1m high and 60cm ... Read More »

Shade Loving Hellebores the Easy Care Winter Flower

winter flower garden hellebores about the garden magazine

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

winter flower garden lavender flowers about the garden magazine

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

Gardening on the south side in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine

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 »