Gardening


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 […]

Everyone has the ability to create a beautiful garden and take great care of their plants – but sometimes, crucial knowledge gaps lead to tragic gardening outcomes. Here are a few common mistakes you might be making in the garden. Remedy them, and watch it blossom like never before!

Top 10 edibles to grow on your balcony

Living in an apartment or small home without space for a garden doesn’t mean growing your own food isn’t possible. Most plants, including edibles, can grow happily in a pot on a balcony or in a courtyard. Pots can be placed on hard surfaces or suspended from railings or walls. If there’s a little more space, grow a few vegetables in a raised vegetable bed.

No-patience-needed plants

Gardeners need to be patient as they wait for trees and shrubs to bloom and hedges to grow. But do we really have to wait ages for a beautiful garden? The good news is there are fast-growing plants out there that can quickly fill up empty spaces.

Native groundcover

Like native shrubs and trees, native groundcover plants improve the environment, attract native species of birds, beneficial insects and reptiles and are low maintenance.

Rhaphiolepis

Rhaphiolepis (Indian hawthorn) is one of the most versatile shrubs around. Need a plant for a pot? A low compact hedge? Evergreen? You need Indian hawthorn.

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.