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Spring flowering plants

There are so many wonderful flowering shrubs in the spring garden that it’s difficult to narrow down a selection to a handful. Choosing on just floral display alone would be impossible, so the rationale for this feature is based on not just their flowering ability, but other attributes that make these shrubs ‘must have’ plants. Azaleas  There are many types ... Read More »

Australian Natives with a difference

These Australian natives are not normally thought of when choosing a Australian native for our gardens, but these natives are truly worth having one or two in any garden.  With the wide and varied climatic zones that Australia boasts, it can be understandable that so many of our delightful native species go unrecognised as worthy acquisitions for everyone to enjoy.  ... Read More »

Common winter garden pests and diseases in Australia

  Bindii Winter is a time when Bindii start to invade our home turf, causing much pain and frustration. If you have ever walked on a bindii and felt the sharp pain they cause, you may be interested to know that it is actually the seed that forms the prickle. Bindii starts growing in winter and if you kill the ... Read More »

Planting and growing leeks and spring onions

  When to plant leeks and spring onions Autumn and winter, to ensure that the leeks and spring onions grow during cold weather and mature as the temperature heats up. In cooler and  temperate climates spring onions, scallions and shallots can also be planted in early spring.   How to plant leeks and spring onions Leeks and spring onions can ... Read More »

Growing Eggplant (Aubergine) – egg plant from the garden

Growing eggplant in the garden about the garden magazine

Eggplant is a delicious, low cholesterol vegetable that is a member of the Solanaceae (potato) family. When to plant Eggplant can be planted throughout autumn and winter in warmer temperate zones, spring and summer for the colder southern states of Australia visit the Winter Herbs Fruit Vegies Planting Guide by Regional Zone. Soil preparation Eggplants need a rich, well-worked soil ... Read More »

2018 New release roses by Treloar Roses

  New to the Treloar range for 2018 these fragrant and big bloom roses will add excitement to your garden this winter.    Unconventional Lady (Korsamasi) Hybrid Tea Rose A lovely deep pink hybrid tea rose with a delightful fragrance. Glowing cherry red buds develop slowly into large, beautiful pink blooms. The bush is fairly vigorous with great disease resistance ... 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 for camellias Camellias are famous for being ‘acid-loving’ plants, which means they dislike 
soils with a pH ... Read More »

Growing Garden Peas and Snow Peas

A cool season favourite, peas are great whether they are eaten raw or cooked up in an Asian stir-fry. Both snow peas and garden peas are delicious, have similar growing requirements and are easy to grow. They are the ultimate winter treat. Being a climber, snow pea and pea plants will need a trellis to grow onto. It’s easiest to ... Read More »

How to Grow Strawberry

Everyone loves strawberries, and anyone with a reliable patch of sunlight can grow them! Here’s how to have your own supply of sweet, fragrant, vitamin-packed strawberries. There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults a like,  it’s little wonder this easy-to-grow groundcover is among the most popular food crops in Australian home gardens. Producing ... Read More »

How to Grow Broccoli

Growing broccoli in Australia vegetable garden #aboutthegarden

Broccoli is a wonderful edition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know on how to grow broccoli. Broccoli loves the cold/winter season. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat ... Read More »