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Pest-repelling plants

Whether its mozzies, flies or ants, did you know you can stop pests in their tracks with a range of pest-repellent plants? The secret to these plants’ pest-repellent magic is in the oils they produce, which must be released in order for the plant to be effective against pests.

The concern for declining bee populations is driving home gardeners to attract pollinating insects including bees, and become backyard beekeepers. But why are bees so critical that they need our special attention? The bottom line is that bees are vital for pollination of flowers on many food plants. Indeed around 35 percent of global food […]

Waratahs

Waratahs are spectacular spring-flowering Australian native shrubs. Indeed, the large flowers are so striking, the New South Wales waratah is the state’s floral emblem. The New South Wales waratah (Telopea speciosissima) is one of five species of waratah found along the east coast of Australia and the one that has been most highly developed for […]

There’s nothing like a vase of freshly-cut flowers and there’s nothing like growing the flowers yourself. Discover 14 flowers that make the cut.   1. Kangaroo paw Anigozanthos manglesii Colourful and distinctive, kangaroo paw is one of the most recognised and rewarding natives you can grow and it makes an excellent cut flower. Varieties like […]

All about topiary

A topiary is a living, decorative sculpture created by training and shaping a plant. It may be a shrub that’s outgrown its space in the garden or a plant bought specifically to be clipped and trained as a topiary specimen. When you clip a plant into a topiary shape, you are following a very old […]

Bee-attracting blooms

The decline of the world’s bee population is sobering, not only as it’s part of an overall decline of pollinating insects, but because it has the potential to affect our food. Bees are needed to pollinate many edible crops and help produce about a third of our food. They are also needed to pollinate many crops […]

Five perfect plants for dad

Whether it’s a cactus, snake plant or the cool-sounding dragon tree, this Father’s Day show dad he’s the greatest with one of these five plant picks.     1. Cactus Cactaceae For a plant that’s as hardy and low-care as dad, choose a cactus. These slow-growing desert dwellers are unique thanks to their prickly suit of […]

Hebes

A little bit about hebes Hebes are like that smart suit you own that can be dressed up and made to look pretty or left plain but neat. Hebes are neat, tidy plants that don’t demand much care or attention. Most grow around 1-1.5m high and wide, with a naturally rounded shape and small, dense […]

Combining plants in a garden is a mixture of art and science. The colours, textures and shapes need to work together (the ‘art’ part of the pairing) but the plant choices must grow together harmoniously (the ‘science’ bit). To get you started we’ve selected five small garden trees and looked at underplanting options for either […]

Lawn care 101

From mowing and pests to weeding and feeding season by season, discover lawn care basics for grass you can be proud of. Mowing Mowing is the best form of weed control. During the warmer months, mow your lawn weekly. In the cooler months, mow every second or third week. The next thing to consider is mowing height. It […]

Ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses have much to offer gardens and are widely used in landscape and show gardens, but home gardeners have been slow to embrace grasses. This may be because many gardeners know little about ornamental grasses and often equate them with weeds. Rest assured, there are lots of good ornamental grasses that are well worth […]

10 green and gorgeous plants

From the stylish rubber plant to the lush rhapis palm, these 10 green and gorgeous plants are the kind of houseguests that will always be welcome in your home.