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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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Coastal Plants for Australian Gardens

Coastal gardening can be challenging, but a little research and advice from your local garden centre staff will go a long way in creating a successful garden. There are several factors that need to be considered before selecting your plants.   Coastal Soil Type No matter where you live, knowing your soil type is a key ingredient to successful gardening. …

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Low hedging plants

Easy-care plants for low hedging borders.  Nandina ‘Flirt’ ‘FLIRT’ is a dwarf groundcover Nandina producing red new growth throughout Spring, Autumn and Summer. White flowers appear in Spring.  Use as a ground cover, low hedge or a feature in full sun to moderate shade position. It is very drought, humidity and cold tolerant, growing well all over Australia. Prune every …

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