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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 »

Small trees in small gardens

Small trees for small gardens plant ideas in Australia #aboutthe

As suburban gardens become increasingly smaller with each passing year, it can become difficult to choose small trees to fit into these smaller gardens, with many people even opting out of the opportunity. Even if your garden’s restricted size may dictate to grow a minimal selection of plants, planting a small tree as a focal feature or element of shade should ... 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 »

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 »

5 Australian Natives for Winter Colour by Temperate Zone

the australian wattle is a native plant with beautiful yellow flowers that burst with colour during winter

Winter is the time when many Australian Natives SHINE! Bursting in vibrant colours that will bring a smile to the coldest face. So rub your frosty fingers together as we list our top 5 Australian Native picks for Winter colour by temperate zone. See if you can plant now! 1. Lechenaultia formosa The red form of Aussie native Lechenaultia formosa ... Read More »

How to grow winter Japonica Camellias

growing winter camellias

At the coolest and quietest time of year in the garden, the winter-flowering japonica camellia can brighten your home with its gorgeous, yet stately blooms. They’re long-lived, too, so planting one today can bring a lifetime of lovely winters.   The right pH Camellias are famous for being ‘acid-loving’ plants, which means they dislike
soils with a pH higher than
7. In ... Read More »

Eight Tips for planting bare rooted deciduous trees

Top Tips for planting bare rooted dicidious trees during winter #aboutthegarden

The rows of bare rooted trees in cool climate nurseries at this time of year can seem rather unglamorous. Looks, however, can be deceiving. In fact, many gardeners refuse to plant at any other time, greedily anticipating the cool season when we have some of the finest jewels of the plant world at our fingertips. Here are eight (8) tips ... Read More »

How to Grow Frangipani

how to grow frangipani summers super scent

Frangipani is loved for its exquisitely formed, fragrant flowers. Despite its lush, tropical appearance, this tree is drought hardy and suited to many garden styles, bringing beauty to almost any garden. Low maintenance and easily propagated from cuttings, there’s little wonder this is one of Queensland’s most popular shade trees. Frangipani can grow up to 10m tall when unpruned, but ... Read More »