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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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Indoor plants for summertime

Summertime can see us either embracing the summer heat at the beach or enjoying more time indoors alongside our indoor jungle friends.  Keep your leafy jungle companions happy with these easy tasks.   A breath of fresh air Indoor plants don’t enjoy extremes of temperature. The living areas in your home suit them best as these rooms tend to be …

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Growing cacti & succulent plants

Cacti & succulents are known for their hardiness and water-wise habits, but they still need a little love and attention. Here are the simple rules to keep them looking their best. Planting cacti & succulents Both cacti and succulents like embedding their roots in an open texture, free-draining mix allowing optimal aeration. Most varieties are not fertiliser hungry, although they …

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Spring lawn care and top dressing lawns

Spring is the perfect time for top dressing and fertilising lawns to take advantage of the warm weather growth ahead. For a wonderful green lawn right through to next year, start fertilising in early spring with Searles Robust Lawn Booster. Searles Robust is a slow release fertiliser which will slowly feed lawn roots and leaves for up to 4 months …

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Quick growing vegetables to grow in Winter

Have fast growing veggies for harvesting within several weeks. Here is a list of veggies to start your productive crop.    Herbs – most herbs can be picked straight away after planting seedlings. For Winter growing herbs, plant chives, dill, parsley and chervil in all climatic zones. Rosemary, thyme and mint will also survive the Winter.   Lettuce – harvest within …

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Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers

Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers About the Garden

Accentuate a living space or area of the garden with a display of Orchid flowers this Autumn, their bold flowers and colours also making them the perfect living gift for Mother’s Day. 1. Dendrobium Dendrobiums come from Asia and the Pacific including Australasia. They grow best throughout Qld and northern NSW and have no leaf drop, so they’re pretty easy-care. Water generously …

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