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Planting and growing bromeliads – bromeliad types

Delve into the exotic world of bromeliads and see how many of our popular garden plants are classified under the bromeliad family. Originating from the tropical Americas, bromeliads come in array of fascinating florescent colours, leaf characteristics and growing habits bringing an instant touch of the tropics to the coolest and driest climate gardens. Many are epiphytes (i.e. using other …

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Growing Olives in Australia

A gift from the Gods, growing olives is so satisfying if not to enjoy their fruit but to use their silver grey-green foliage to complement many different garden situations. Olive trees can be easily pruned to create topiary, hedge, espalier and potted features.  Planting & fertilising olive trees Olive trees can be grown for their fruit but many gardeners are …

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Autumn bulb planting for spring colour

It’s always exciting when bulb time comes round again and shops and nurseries around the country display a wonderful array of colourful varieties to add special magic to your spring and summer gardens. Autumn bulb planting for the stunning spring display is very popular in Victoria, NSW and cooler areas of Queensland. Most bulbs are suitable to be planted in …

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Spring flowering plants

There are so many wonderful flowering shrubs in the spring garden that it’s difficult to narrow down a selection to a handful. Choosing on just floral display alone would be impossible, so the rationale for this feature is based on not just their flowering ability, but other attributes that make these shrubs ‘must have’ plants. Azaleas  There are many types …

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Summer Petunias

Summer is a time petunias to shine! They are terrific annuals to grow as hot weather plants adding bountiful colour to flower gardens.   Easy to grow Petunias are easy to grow either from seed or you can buy them as seedlings and they need a sunny spot in this garden as this really brings on the flowers. They can …

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How to Grow Strawberry

Everyone loves strawberries, and anyone with a reliable patch of sunlight can grow them! Here’s how to have your own supply of sweet, fragrant, vitamin-packed strawberries. There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults a like,  it’s little wonder this easy-to-grow groundcover is among the most popular food crops in Australian home gardens. Producing …

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Botanical Artist – Australian Artist Profile – Roz Borg

Roz Borg fell into botanical art through her love of interiors. When helping family design a cafe 3 years ago her Art Degree kicked into gear and she started using plants as not only as a space filler but as art. Terrariums, succulent living frames and decorative planters made bespoke for the space quickly gained interest from the clientele and …

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Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips

Tips for growing Autumn Herbs

Autumn is a great time to plant herbs in most parts of Australia and a great addition to any home garden, being not only decorative but delicious in hearty stews and sumptuous Asian dishes. Below is our ‘Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips’ that will have your herb flourishing! Herbs love well drained soil: – if planting in a garden …

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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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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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