Pots & Containers

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

  There are many types of azaleas suited to a range of lighting conditions from full sun positions to shaded areas. This gives an excellent range of azaleas to choose from to suit almost any area of your garden. Rhododendrons have similar growing requirements and are more commonly grown successfully in cooler regions. Enquire at your local garden centre for …

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How to Grow Fruit Trees in Pots

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Growing fruit trees in pots allow you to have them in paved areas and unlikely garden spaces. So you can grow your own fruity harvest in the smallest of spaces! Choosing the right pot To grow a decent, fruit-bearing tree, it is recommended that you use a pot at least 40cm in size, depending on the size the tree is …

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Hanging Baskets planting and care

Hanging baskets add beauty and character to any home green space. They are a stunning way to grow plants around the home and add extra dimensions of colour at your choice of height. Choosing your plants for hanging baskets First you will need to decide where you are going to position your hanging baskets, whether it be in full shade, …

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How to Grow African Violets (Saintpaulias)

They may have a touch of ‘granny’, but African Violets make for marvellous flowering indoor plants and are the ideal choice for terrarium displays.  Location African Violets require moderate to bright indirect light all year round to encourage flowering. A well lit kitchen bench or coffee table is perfect. They also prefer humidity in the atmosphere (thus why they are …

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Growing Australian natives in pots and baskets

The key factors to successfully growing Australian plants in containers are exactly the same as for exotic plants – drainage and nutrition.   The main points to remember are that good drainage is even more important for certain natives (mainly those originating in arid areas with very light, sandy soils) and that plants in the Proteaceae* family require low phosphorus …

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Lemon scented herbs

The scent of lemon is refreshing, sharp and clean. When crushing a leaf from a lemon tree, oils are released which create the familiar lemon fragrance that we know so well. Check out our list of the easiest lemon-scented foliage on offer. Lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) A deciduous, woody shrub to 2.5m tall, flowering in spring. The leaves have an …

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Easy as! Grow salad in a potting mix bag

How to grow vegetables in a bag of potting mix

There is nothing better than a crispy, fresh salad and growing your own is so easy! If you’re trying your hand at gardening for the first time or simply don’t have the time or space for a large garden bed, salad can be grown straight in a bag of quality potting mix. It’s as easy as that! Supplies – Searles …

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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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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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What leafy greens to plant

There’s something refreshing about spring, isn’t there?  The cool, crisp dewy mornings ease into warm, comfortable days and end in mild, lengthening evenings.  This type of day is 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 tastes and flavours! Have you ever …

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