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Growing Lilly Pilly

The lilly pilly is an evergreen rainforest plant that has it all: beautiful flowers, attractive, edible fruit, glossy leaves with colourful new growth and the ability to attract native fauna. They’re also easy to grow and are suited to most Australian soils, so why not plant one this summer? Lilly pilly are easy to establish, will grow in sun or …

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Flower pot Christmas cake recipe

Next time you bake a Christmas cake for a friend, try baking one in a terracotta flower pot. Once the cake is devoured, they can reuse the pot to plant up their favourite plant.   Ingredients 1.5kg mixed fruit 1/2 cup of your favourite sherry/brandy/rum 2 tbsp apricot jam 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 5 eggs 250g butter, melted …

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Bulbs to plant in spring

When it comes to bulbs many think of daffodils, freesia, and ranunculus but there is so much more to bulbs than the winter flowering varieties. To get reoccurring colour in your garden, bulbs are a very underrated plant.  They are easy to plant, require little fuss, and will return each year with brilliant colours. There are many types of bulbs, …

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Vegetables for small spaces

  Tomatoes in hanging baskets For a great space-saving and novel idea, try growing a smaller variety of tomatoes in hanging baskets. Growing tomatoes in pots and even hanging baskets is a great way to control their sunlight and position requirements while adding a degree of functionality to gardens and outdoor spaces restricted in size.  Tomatoes need a sunny site …

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Passionate for passionfruit – Growing Passion fruit vines

A favourite in warm temperate to tropical Australian gardens where they can grow year round, the passionfruit originates from South America. This lovely climber has it all; lush foliage, beautiful flowers and of course, delicious fruit! Planting Passionfruit In warmer zones with mild winters, passionfruit can be planted throughout the year. In cool or cold zones, plant only during the …

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How to Grow Pawpaw

Pawpaws are like a gift from the gods! Easily grown in home gardens, their delicious, sweet flesh can be enjoyed at the breakfast table for most of the year. Native to southern Mexico and central America, pawpaw flourishes in the tropics and subtropics where individual trees can be productive for up to 6 years. Which sex to buy? Pawpaw trees …

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Echeveria succulent

Echeverias are one of the largest group of succulents to choose from. Colour, texture, flower colour and size are so varied you could do an entire garden just with Echeverias. They are tough plants that are forgiving and can handle a bit of absent-mindedness. This is a plant you will only kill with too much love and attention. Favoured varieties …

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How to grow Bottlebrush – Callistemon sp.

Callistemons (or bottlebrush) are some of the most beautiful and versatile native plants in Australian home gardens. This group of floriferous trees and shrubs are unrivalled in their ability to bring colour and attract native birds to the garden. An icon of the Australian garden, all species of Callistemons are true show-stoppers when in bloom and if you happen to …

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Potted flowers for Winter colour

Article by Jillian Coomb, Horticulturist Colour your Winter space with Jill’s choice of flowering pretties. In winter, who could go past potted colour for impact in your garden, baskets, balcony or window boxes? I am a sucker for pansies, viola, marigolds, calendula and nasturtium. Beautiful flowers plus being edible, what more could you want? I remember freezing ice cubes with …

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Eight Tips for planting bare rooted deciduous trees

During Winter, gardening outlets are breaming with new season bare-rooted roses, deciduous ornamentals and fruit trees for Winter planting. Bare-rooted plants are mostly sold in Winter when they are dormant and this gives them the best chance of being replanted successfully. They are also easier to transport and transplant into their final position in the garden.  The rows of bare-rooted …

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