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Lovely Lavender – Planting and growing lavender

Lavender has enjoyed universal and enduring popularity in Australian home gardens and the reasons are quite clear. They are hardy and resistant to disease as well as being stylish — suiting most garden or landscape styles, regardless of fashions or trends. Basic requirements Lavender needs full sun to grow and flower well. Without at least 6 hours of direct sun …

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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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Indestructible plants – Hard to kill plants

It can be heartbreaking to discover that those beautiful plants in which we have invested money and time simply refuse to thrive, through no fault of their owners. Rather the plants chosen may not have been the optimum choices for the required position, sunlight (or lack of) or drought tolerance. Thankfully, there are many wonderful plant species on the market that still have the …

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Pelargoniums for garden colour (Geraniums)

They have been part of gardens for countless generations and loved by both new and well-seasoned gardeners alike. Although we affectionately refer to them as Geraniums, they are in fact Pelargoniums and although related, are not to be confused for the hardy groundcover “true” geraniums  or “Cranes bills” more commonly seen in temperate climates. Those new to gardening often regard …

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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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Best Indoor ferns guide for indoor greenery

There’s something quite magical about the calming effect ferns have when we enter a room. Foliage plants soften and compliment any room decor and invite us to remember the natural world and pause for a moment. Whether you incorporate ferns in a greenery type environment or add them to a terrarium display, there is a fern for every purpose. Selecting …

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Indoor Plant Problem Solver and Care Guide

Using plants to furnish your home is a great way to introduce green life into indoor areas. However, as with gardening outdoors, some consideration needs to be given in selecting the appropriate plants to suit the varying climates within the home. Hot spots Many homes have a room which experiences very hot conditions in summer, especially in the afternoons. This …

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Best Indoor plants to create an indoor garden sanctuary

Indoor plants to create an indoor garden sanctuary For the past decade we have been taking the indoors outside, now is the time to bring the outdoors inside by creating an indoor garden sanctuary. Enjoy the benefits of nature’s greenery from the comfort of your home no matter what the weather holds outside. Healthy indoor plants create a special ambience …

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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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6 Tips for the ultimate urban balcony garden

City living has its drawbacks for gardening enthusiasts. With ever-soaring apartment prices, interior living space is often cramped and outdoor space is seriously limited. But life in the concrete jungle need not be completely devoid of greenery. Before you give apartment living the (green) thumbs down, dig into these 6 tips for cultivating the ultimate urban balcony garden.   1. Look …

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