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Now that you’re the proud owner of a beautiful new fern or succulent terrarium, here’s all you need to know to keep your terrarium looking great.

Best lawn alternatives

There’s no rule that says you have to have a lawn. If you don’t want to mow a lawn or struggle to grow one, consider these plant options to fill the space.

With balcony and courtyard gardens becoming more popular, espalier is the perfect solution to growing your favourite fruiting and flowering trees.

Pick of the proteas

Proteas have existed for over 300 million years. Despite their ancient roots, they look beautifully modern. Discover the most popular varieties.

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

About ferns

Ferns are popular because of their suitability as indoor plants. But most also thrive outdoors in shaded spots where other plants struggle.

How to create a hanging basket

A hanging basket adds a whole new dimension to gardening Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating your own hanging basket, plus 14 plants to choose from.

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 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 […]