Gardening


15 small garden space savers

When every inch of your garden is precious, it’s worth having a few space-saving ideas up your sleeve to make the most of your bijou space.   1. Leave some room It can be tempting to fill your garden with wonderful things, but a bit of breathing space created with paving, stepping stones, pebbles or a patch of […]

All about proteas

Despite appearances, proteas are not Australian native plants – but they could have been and there in lies a fascinating story stretching back billions of years, to a time when Australia was part of a super continent we call Gondwana. Also part of Gondwana was Africa and it’s on this continent that proteas – and […]

Whether you want to spruce up your space for a party night or just want to welcome living flowering colour inside, here are 14 outdoor plants that love to holiday indoors.   Tip: Buy two identical plants and you can just keep swapping them over, inside to out regularly, so the indoor display always remains […]

Edible flowers

From snapdragon to stock, a sprinkling of edible flowers will transform your next meal from every day to gourmet. Here are 11 of our favourite flowers to feast on.   Daisy Bellis perennis Create a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds with daisies. The subtle-tasting petals make a lovely garnish for savoury dishes, like […]

The 10 rose care commandments

Roses often get a bad rap for being hard to grow, but that’s just not the case. Rose plants are rewarding and beautiful and by following the 10 rose care commandments, you can bet on your plants coming up roses every time.   1. Thou shalt not cut the stem willy-nilly. Cut above an outward-pointing […]

Creating a fairy garden is a fun and creative gardening activity for kids (that’s sure to bring out your inner child too). Here are nine of our favourite fairy garden plants for a magical miniature world no fairy will be able to resist.   Where to locate your fairy garden Fairy gardens can be created in […]

As the days begin to cool, a new wave of colour invades the garden. Colours glow as Japanese maples turn fiery red, crimson and gold. In cooler spots, pin oak will turn a brilliant scarlet and the orange leaves of the crepe myrtle make a last splash of colour in defiance of the chill to […]

The one-step test for soil type

Not all soils are made equal. Your soil type depends on the parent rock from which it’s formed, on the influence of climate over hundreds of years and on what your house builder or previous owners have done to it. Knowing your soil type means you’re better placed to pick plants that will feel right […]

Loam soil

Loam soil is the holy grail of gardening. It’s easy to dig, stays moist without being poorly drained and has good amounts of nutrients. Added fertilisers are held in the soil and are easily accessed by plants. Loams have a mix of sand, clay, silt and organic matter. Most plants grow in loam and it’s […]

Sandy soil

Sandy soil is literally soil that’s made up of mainly sand particles. On the positive side, sandy soils are free draining and easy to dig. On the negative side, they can be hard to wet, hard to keep moist (as sand dries out quickly) and a challenge to enrich with organic matter such as compost […]

Clay soil

Clay soil is made up mainly of clay particles. On the positive side, they are rich in nutrients. On the negative side, they can be hard to dig and poorly drained. They become waterlogged when it’s wet but crack as they dry out during extended dry periods. If you are unsure about whether your soil […]

14 pet-safe indoor plants

Keep your four-legged friends happy, healthy and out of harm’s way with these cat and dog-safe indoor plants.   1. Golden cane palm Dypsis lutescens This Madagascan native is a popular clumping palm with attractive golden trunks and stems and a hardy, drought-tolerant nature. To keep it healthy and happy, give it the occasional week-long […]