Gardening


How to grow indoor plants in low light

With outdoor garden space at a premium, more and more homeowners are embracing indoor plants and filling their houses with greenery. The key to successfully growing plants indoors is to match the plant to the indoor location, especially in areas with low light.   Low light tactics Low light indoor areas are those parts of […]

Sansevieria

I once had a potted sansevieria, which sat in the kitchen under the brightly lit window. It must have been the right spot, because after growing well for several years, it decided to flower, producing a stem of large white bells with an overwhelming perfume. That plant has long gone but sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata), also […]

Cottage gardens have charmed for centuries. If you’d like a timeless garden of your own, that’s easy to maintain, consider going native. Taking inspiration from the classic English cottage garden model, you can create a beautiful informal tapestry of colour using purely Australian natives – mixing flowering shrubs, groundcover, grasses, bulbs, annuals and climbing plants. […]

Indoor plants are brilliant, beautiful things...until of course they start to flop or lose their leaves, and you end up feeling like a terrible plant parent. The truth is, most indoor plants are killed with kindness, rather than neglect. So here are three very simple ways to turn things around and get your indoor plants back to beautiful.

A sunny windowsill that enjoys at least four hours of sunlight daily is all you need to have freshly-cut herbs at your fingertips.

What’s that pest or disease?

When pests or diseases attack garden plants, the first step to fixing the sick plant is to identify the cause. Start by working out whether the problem is caused by an insect pest or a plant disease. Next, narrow it down further by either identifying the specific pest or disease, or working out how the pest is damaging your plant.

Gardens in elevated and inland regions, such as west and north-west Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands, enjoy cold winters with lots of frosty mornings. These chilly gardens don’t suit the lush, subtropical plants that are favoured in coastal gardens. However, they are perfect for a wide range of cold climate plants, many of which are bare and dormant over winter.

Shade plants for small gardens

From foliage to flowering, groundcover to climbing, discover the best plants for creating a shade garden in your small space.

What is well-draining soil?

If you’re a gardener, chances are you’ve come across the term ‘well-draining’ soil once or twice. But what does well-draining soil exactly mean?

Tibouchina

Tibouchinas are seen at their purple best in autumn. These evergreen shrubs or small trees thrive in warm, sheltered gardens in full sun or part shade.

How to repot plants

To keep potted plants thriving, they need to be repotted regularly. This means putting them into a new container or replanting with fresh potting mix.

Pond-er this!

Sick of looking after your unused swimming pool? Turn it into a thriving backyard billabong, with beautiful water plants and all manner of wildlife.