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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 ... Read More »

New Season Salvias – ‘Go Go’ Scarlet’ & ‘Go Go’ Purple

All salvias are great bloomers and most varieties bloom all year round. Here are two new release varieties to have in your garden this spring.  Salvias ‘Go-Go’ Purple & ‘Go-Go’ Scarlet (PBR) Flowering: These plants are as the name suggests, they are a go-go with flowers continuously. Habit: These sterile plants will live for two to three years and with ... Read More »

Planting guide for Abundant Azaleas

When it comes to flowering shrubs, it’s difficult not to be stopped in your tracks by the ravaging beauty of an Azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are one of the most striking of flowering shrubs for any garden, yet have attracted a rather unfair reputation of being “fussy” or difficult to grow.  With drought conditions experienced over recent times in ... Read More »

How to grow Gordonia – Gordonia axillaris – ‘Fried egg plant’

Possibly the perfect shade tree or large shrub for small gardens, the Gordonia (Gordonia axillaris) bears unsurpassed white flowers and glossy, dark green leaves that develop red tips in winter. Gordonias will grow 5 metres tall and wide if left unpruned, with a beautiful, dome-shaped canopy. Its large, crinkly-petalled flowers are borne over a long period from autumn into spring and ... Read More »

Best Climbing Spring Flowers for Pots

best climbing spring flowers for pots in the australian garden

Flowering climbing plants grown in pots offer versatility, variety and are great for colourful living screen or garden archways. Here is the best climbing spring flowers for pots that will do the job with minimal fuss. Allamanda Gorgeous yellow trumpet shaped flowers occurring in clusters give a splash of colour on a wall, fence and support. Prune after flowering to encourage strong growth and repeat flowering. Protect from frost and plant ... Read More »

Growing Spices at Home this Spring

Growing Spices at Home this Spring in the garden

Replicating the intoxicating aromas and flavours we experience in restaurants can be as simple as obtaining high quality spices, and there’s no better way than growing spices at home this spring! Spice History The spice trade has a rich history. In the early days, spices did more than simply improve the flavour of food — they served in the vital function of food preservation. Early sea traders ... Read More »

Growing Carrots in Australia

how to grow carrot in your garden

Growing carrots in Australia is easy when you have the correct knowledge. Carrots are one of the few root crops that can be eaten raw or cooked! When to plant carrots The best time to plant carrots in Australia is spring, autumn and winter. Try and avoid cold and hot extremes unless your willing to give you carrots that little ... Read More »

Dipladenias – hardy flowering plants good for pots

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The dipladenia’s hardy nature and handsome, brightly coloured flowers have made it a favourite pot plant in Australian home gardens. This little beauty is versatile, too. Usually thought of as a climber, the dipladenia is just as easy to train as a small shrub. Here’s how to grow them in pots. Climate/temperate zones Dipladenias originate from the tropics and subtropics ... Read More »

Five (5) Best Flowers to Plant in Spring

five big flowers that are best to grow in spring

Now that it’s spring, more plants are in flower than at any other time of year and the look this season is bold, flamboyant and, well… BIG. Here’s our Five (5) Best Flowers to Plant in Spring that will have your garden blooming in all things bold, brash and colourful! Sunflowers Native to the Americas, this giant of the flower world ... Read More »

Yearly Seasonal Gardening Australia Flower Garden by Temperate (Regional) Zone

Seasonal Gardening Australia Flowers Garden by Temperate (Regional) Zone header aboutthegarden.com.au

Successful gardening Australia flower garden is all about knowing what to plant in your Temperate (Regional) Zone NOW. Below are links to Seasonal Flower Planting Guide by Temperate (Regional) Zones in Australia, if in doubt talk to your local garden centre & nursery expert for further advice. Summer Flower Planting Guide There’s nothing like a little colour in the garden during Summer. Remember to mulch ... Read More »