Gardening


Foliage Plants for Shady Gardens

A shady garden is a cool place to while away hot summer days. Gardens that are filled with lush foliage look cool and feel cool too. Use trees, clumps of palms or a plant-covered pergola to create summer shade in sunny areas or plant shade-loving foliage plants in courtyards or gardens with a shaded southerly […]

I have two dogs and they have very different preferences when it comes to sunshine. One of them loves lying in the sun, while the other gets hot quickly and prefers the shade. Our plants, too, have preferences for sunlight or shade – but unlike the dogs, they can’t move into the spot they think […]

There’s nothing better in summer than fresh, juicy tropical fruit – especially if you’ve grown it yourself! No, you don’t have to be a commercial grower on a beautiful Queensland plantation to reap a great harvest. It is definitely possible for you to grow your own tropical fruit, even in less-than-tropical Sydney. Here are our […]

A comprehensive guide to orchids

Orchids come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are grown for their bold and usually long-lasting flowers. Use these plants to brighten both indoor and outdoor spaces and add an exotic touch. There are orchids that flower throughout the year and others that only flower at certain times of the year. Some are for […]

A Guide to Edible Australian Natives

While traditional vegetables are grown in the vegie patch and fruit trees often planted in an orchard, native Australian edible plants can be grown throughout the garden as shrubs, trees and even ground cover plants. With edible plants in every part of Australia from the coldest to the tropics, there are lots of tasty treats […]

Privacy Plants for Balconies

Do you have a balcony you don’t use because it’s overlooked? Perhaps you feel too exposed or uncomfortable to relax on your balcony, and this lack of privacy is why you never venture out! The right plants can transform an under-used and over-exposed balcony, sheltering it from the elements as well as from prying eyes. […]

Dracaena

Dracaena is a lush, tall, leafy plant that creates a tropical look indoors, on a balcony or in the garden. There are many species and cultivars that give a range of leaf colours and patterns. Some also have fragrant flowers.   Dracaena varieties The most impressive dracaena variety is the dragon tree (Dracaena draco) (pictured […]

With the rise and rise of television cooking shows, plus the societal movement toward a greener, more sustainable world, there’s never been a trendier time to ditch the takeaway and become a home chef. But how can you ensure you’re cooking with the freshest produce? The best way is to grow your own, and the […]

Getting it home

Whether you’re buying a few pots and plants, or a heavy load of soil and mulch, we’ve got a Flower Power truck to help you get it home. Large shrubs, compost, sand, top dressing, blocks and pavers…not everything fits in the boot of your car, and we know that when you come into Flower Power […]

With space at a premium, sometimes it simply isn’t practical to plant out a garden bed in your garden – or perhaps you want to grow some greenery where there’s no soil to plant them to thrive in. Enter container gardening. It’s perfect for those with small courtyards or balconies, and fabulous for those who rent. […]

A palm for every home

Ahh, the palm. Is there any other plant that inspires such a feeling of relaxation? One glimpse and your mind is half a world away, lazing in a hammock and sipping on a cocktail. And bringing that relaxed holiday feel to your suburban Sydney home needn’t be difficult. No matter the size of your yard […]

Port Wine Magnolia

When in bloom, the port wine magnolia adds a sweet scent to the air. It has small, insignificant creamy-purple flowers throughout the year, so catching a waft of scent is often the first sign that the shrub is back in bloom. The perfume of this flower is often described as having the scent of Juicy […]