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Summer

How to Care for Hibiscus

How to care for hibiscus the delicate beauty aboutthegarden

For a smallish shrub of fairly delicate habit, hibiscus sure can produce the most enormous, flamboyant flowers. They are tough, too. Even a neglected hibiscus bush can continue to flower through the harshest conditions. In the tropics, hibiscus can flower throughout the year — including winter. Hibiscus colour Choice of flower colour is endless, with the exception of a true …

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Basil varieties to grow

pictured above: sweet basil & purple basil We have all used the common sweet basil. Now its time to grow the other basil varieties. Lemon (Ocimum citriodorum) or Lime basil Lemon basil gives a great citrus zing to salads and stir fries. (annual) Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum ssp.) Plant the beautiful and delicious Thai basil year-round in frost-free zones. Its distinct ‘licorice’ flavour …

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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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How to plant and grow bougainvilleas

The popularity of bougainvilleas in Australian gardens comes as little surprise. These hardy climbers will bring dazzling colour to your garden throughout the year, even in the face of severe neglect or drought. Bougainvilleas are also versatile. Traditionally a climber, bougainvilleas can be trained to behave like shrubs, trees – even hedges. Bougainvilleas also make spectacular hanging basket and pot …

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How to grow a pineapple

This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.  To start the process, buy a …

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How to grow, plant and fertilise mangoes

One of the first fruits which come to mind when we think of summer is the fleshy, juicy mango with its golden sunny flesh tempting us. If you have a little room in your back garden, you won’t be disappointed planting one of these divine trees and raiding its offerings. Planting Plant young mango trees in a sunny position in the garden, where there is …

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Growing 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. Mulberries will be forming on their trees soon. Unlike raspberries and boysenberries which prefer a cool climate, mulberries are …

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Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, …

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Fragrant Plants for Summer Gardens

The long days of summer are often seen as an opportunity to escape from the heat with cool walks along the beach, casual barbecues with friends and a time to admire all the hard work you’ve put into the garden earlier in the year.  Creating welcoming and cool places in our gardens to be enjoyed by the whole family is …

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Best plants for gift giving

Living Gifts…gifts that keep on giving Stuck for a long lasting gift for that special friend or loved one? A fresh, prettily presented new plant is a wonderful option. Whether your friend is an inexperienced gardener or a seasoned green thumb, a plant can literally breathe new life into their living environment. Quick tip: When picking flowering plants for a …

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