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Growing Coleus

With colour, vigour, and charm, what more could coloured foliage coleus ask for? Plectranthus scutellarioides (formally known as Solenostemon scutellarioides) Coleus create a riot of foliage flair in dull shade-loving areas. This colourful annual and in most parts of Australia perennial, will brighten any lush landscape with their variety of varied foliage patterns and colours throughout the whole year. When growing coleus, keep in mind …

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Create the best potted plant combinations

For many of us the idea of having a large garden seems a distant dream. Many of us live in a house or unit with limited outdoor room, we rent or we just don’t have the time to garden on a large scale.  Potted Gardens are our reality.   I love the look of aged terracotta pots in the garden …

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Growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries

It is such one of life’s simple pleasures to walk about in your garden in the warmer months and notice rich juicy berries ready for picking. For most the temptation is too great and they are consumed right there and then.   Growing Strawberries There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults alike, …

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What leafy greens to plant

There’s something refreshing about spring, isn’t there?  The cool, crisp dewy mornings, easing into warm, comfortable days and ending in mild, lengthening evenings.  It’s this type of day that’s ideal for sowing leafy greens to pick for your first young, tender and crisp salads of the season. ‘Leafy’ greens come in all shapes, colours, sizes and in particular, tastes and …

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Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well.   The granular shaker bottle means there are no messy concoctions or spraying. For the white curl grub, use the hessian bag test (mentioned earlier) after a week to make sure all grubs are gone. Keep …

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Winter Australian Natives

After a little digging we found so many natives putting their ‘shine on’ during winter. So rub your frosty fingers together and drool over these vibrant coloured winter bloomers. Lechenaultia formosa The red form of Aussie native Lechenaultia formosa is a prostrate growing shrub with fine, grey-green foliage and masses of red flowers in late winter and spring. An excellent …

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White flowering plants in Winter

Bring a sea of white to your winter garden.  Ozothamnus ‘Australian Rice Flower’ Ozothamnus ‘Winter White’ comes into full blush with large heads of pure white buds and flowers in winter through to spring. This compact Aussie native is easy to grow in a sheltered, sunny position in most well drained soils. For use in floral arrangements cut the stems …

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Growing Celery

How to buy celery Celery (Apium graveolens) is a versatile vegetable, because it is delicious and health-giving both raw and cooked. Its crunchy texture and nutty flavour compliment salads and dips, and it imparts a crisp freshness to casseroles and soup. Celery is an annual which can be purchased either as seed which takes between two to three weeks to …

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Frost hardy plants and gardening tips

Plants can be safeguarded against frost, even those more suited to warmer climates. Here are some great suggestions for getting your garden through the big freeze. What is frost? Most frost damage occurs when sunlight hits the still-frozen plant tissue the following morning. It is the sudden change in temperature, and not the cold itself, which causes the damage, so …

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Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia)

Gardens look brilliant with dazzling red and yellow flowers, but if you want a magnificent stately flower spike that stands metres high, then you can’t go past the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia).   Red Hot Pokers are a simple looking plant with straplike leaves but their magnificent flower spikes that can stand metres tall are why gardeners choose to plant …

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