Gardening


In the night garden

Night scent Scented plants add an extra dimension to the night garden. Perfume is one of the lures plants use to attract pollinators to their flowers. Those plants that rely on night-flying insects for pollination (such as moths and beetles) may be extra fragrant at night or may only open at night, furling their flowers […]

  Soft-tip yucca Yucca elephantipes Also known as a spineless yucca, there’s nothing timid about this bold South American native. Bring out its natural beauty and enhance its sculptural shape by removing old leaves from the bottom of the trunk. You can also keep its width and height in check by cutting back the top and stems. To […]

There are many reasons to love this glossy evergreen shrub but we’ve narrowed it down to three really great ones. 1. Coprosma provide year-round colour While seasonal stars bring interest and joy to a garden it’s the well selected, year-round plants that make a design consistently great. Coprosma offers year-round colour and a range of new hybrids offer a selection […]

Foliage plants for shade

Colourful leaves are not only a feature of deciduous trees in autumn. There are plants that sport dramatically coloured and patterned leaves all year round. Canny garden designers use these coloured foliage plants for year round colour especially in shady areas where flowering plants don’t grow so well or to provide colour when flowering plants […]

How to plant bulbs step-by-step

Autumn in the garden means bulb planting! Bulbs are surprisingly easy to grow and with a bit of TLC will reward you with a spectacular show of spring colour. Follow our step-by-step guide to planting bulbs.   Keep your bulbs cool Bulbs like to be planted in cool soil. If the weather isn’t cool enough […]

8 plants for your coffee table

A coffee table plant is an instant and inexpensive way to add style and inject colour and personality to your space. When choosing a pot to go with your plant, look for features that complement (not compete with) the foliage. If you want the plant to be the star, pick a pot with a simple […]

Spring-flowering bulb planting

One of the tricks to becoming a successful gardener is thinking ahead. As well as keeping up with seasonal tasks, gardeners need to think about what must be done now, to have plants in bloom and in good health in the seasons ahead. Autumn is an important time to think ahead to spring, particularly when […]

The secret to thriving plants in spring is healthy soil, and autumn is the perfect time to give it some TLC.  Like a chef blends ingredients to create a delicious balance of flavours, soil prep is all about getting the right mix of nutrients to create great growing conditions for plants. Based on a one square metre area, […]

Native groundcover plants

Bare soil is asking for trouble in a garden. Weeds will sprout, soil will dry out in summer and erosion can occur in windy conditions. Mulch is an option but for a longer term solution why not try one of these tried and tested native groundcover plants. To view our expansive range of groundcover plants or […]

Short & sweet native shrubs

Australian native plants are making their way into a broad range of garden designs today. New cultivars have introduced a broader colour palette and the always interesting foliage and flowers of natives are back in vogue, especially when paired with contrasting plant groups in rambling, cottage garden styles. There are a huge range of compact native […]

Happy medium hedging plants

Looking for a hedge that’s not too small and not too high but just right? Here’s a list of popular plants suited to create hedges about one metre high. Plants perfect for a one metre hedge Buxus micropyllia japonica If you’re wanting your new hedge to fill in fast Buxus micropyllia japonica is a great […]

Happy medium natives

Whether you’re looking for a flowering feature shrub to impress, a tough plant for an exposed spot or a dense hedging plant this list of medium growing natives will give you plenty of choice. Need more help choosing the perfect plant? Visit our horticulture experts instore to view our full range and to get personal advice for […]