Spring and summer in Sydney is about enjoying every waking moment outdoors and squeezing maximum enjoyment out of our entertaining space, big or small.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]