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Plant Guide

Winter Flower Lavender Love

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Few plants convey the understated romance of fresh lavender in flower. In Queensland, lavender flowers year-round and winter is the start of its flowering season. Exciting new cultivars are now available in nurseries and there’s no better time to take advantage of our wonderful climate by planting some! The pretty flowers, soothing fragrance and easy-care nature of lavender have made …

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Bring your garden indoors – Terrariums

Why choose a terrarium? A terrarium is the ideal solution for those who have limited or no garden space but still want a bit of greenery to brighten up their home or office. It’s a miniature garden in a glass container, which could be a basic tank shape or something fun like a bottle or a fishbowl. It’s up to …

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Small Side Garden Idea – Creating a Herb Garden

Small Side Garden Idea - Creating a Herb Garden

After two years of cultivating nothing but weeds down the western side of my home, I decided to take action and plant a small side garden, but what to grow! After some deliberation, I decided the spot would be ideal for an herb garden, not only as most herbs are lower growing plants, but most have shallow root systems, so …

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Gardening on the South Side in Australia

Gardening on the south side in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine

A south-facing garden can make it difficult to grow vegetables or fruit trees, yet in the hot Australian climate; the gentle coolness of a southern aspect can be a true blessing. In Australia, the sun is usually in the northern part of the sky and moves even farther north in winter. On the southern side of a house, tree or other …

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Dividing and Repotting Cattleya Orchids

dividing and repotting cattleya orchids

The beautiful cattleya orchid loves a position with good, filtered sunlight or semi-shade, such as in the bough of a tree. It will grow in all parts of Australia and is easy to propagate by division.  Four (4) steps to dividing and repotting cattleyas STEP 1: Like most orchids, cattleyas prefer to be pot bound rather than overpotted. This is …

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Vegetable Companion Plants – Autumn

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   If your planting a vegetable garden this Autumn, it’s a good idea to keep some basic companion planting principles in mind when sowing or planting vegetable seedlings. Situating your vegetable plants next to the ‘right friends’ is a bit like socialising at a family gathering. Think about it, your more likely to engage and have a good time with …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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