Gardening


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 […]

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.

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 […]