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Autumn Azalea Care – Four (4) Must Do’s

Autumn Azalea Care Four Care tips

There are four must do’s on the Autumn Azalea Care list to keep your plants healthy, happy and bursting with colour. Mulching Because azaleas are shallow-rooted they should always be kept well mulched. Lay the mulch 12cm thick but don’t let it touch the stem of the plant as this can facilitate collar-rot. For best results, reapply mulch at least ... Read More »

Hot Tibouchinas for containers

Tibouchina for containers & cold regions

Tibouchinas are subtropical plants native to Brazil. They are famed for their large and vibrant flowers, usually in shades of eye-catching purple. Their striking appearance has given rise to them being referred to as glory bushes or glory trees. There are many varieties of Tibouchina ranging from 1m shrubs to 6m trees. As the popularity of Tibouchina’s has increased in ... 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 »

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

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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 »

Three (3) Hardy Winter Purple Flowers for the Garden

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Purple flowers bring calm, creativity and relaxation to a winter garden, a balance between fiery reds and calming blues. They recede in the garden, helping to make small garden spaces feel larger, so ideal for small gardens, courtyard and balcony spaces. Don’t fear if your a known ‘black thumb’, you can still bring purple into your winter garden with our Top 3 Hardy Purple Flower Picks below! ... Read More »

5 Australian Natives for Winter Colour by Temperate Zone

the australian wattle is a native plant with beautiful yellow flowers that burst with colour during winter

Winter is the time when many Australian Natives SHINE! Bursting in vibrant colours that will bring a smile to the coldest face. So rub your frosty fingers together as we list our top 5 Australian Native picks for Winter colour by temperate zone. See if you can plant now! 1. Lechenaultia formosa The red form of Aussie native Lechenaultia formosa ... Read More »

How to Grow Pretty Winter Pansy

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There are few flowers more versatile or distinctive to the winter garden than the pansy. Available in just about any colour of the rainbow, their cheery faces are the perfect way to fill your garden with winter mirth.   Getting started Pansies can be planted from seed or bought as seedlings, including advanced seedlings that are already in flower. An ... Read More »