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Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. 5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer

    5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer
    A lush green lawn is a great asset, especially in summer when we want to be outdoors sharing our garden with family and friends. Green lawns help to reduce outdoor temperatures as they don’t absorb and hold heat as do hard surfaces such as paving. A lush lawn also provides a comfortable, safe space for children and pets to play...
  2. Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks

    Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks
    Many indoor plants grow naturally in humid forests, such as rainforests, where they enjoy warm, even temperatures, high humidity and dappled light. The indoor environment can fluctuate and is often much drier and less humid than an indoor plant would enjoy back in its rainforest home. In particular, heaters and air-conditioners dry out the air indoors, reducing the natural humidity...
  3. How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers

    How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers
    The sunflower (Helianthus annuus), with its golden-yellow petals and large golden centre, is one of the cheeriest flowers to grow in the garden. As a plus, it’s photogenic so great for those social media posts, too. Sunflowers are entertaining for children to grow and harvest, and you can pick the flowers to enjoy indoors. The plants have a practical role...
  4. DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces

    DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces
    Makeover shows on television present landscaping as a huge project involving heavy equipment, a blank canvas, a team of workers and some big bucks. But it doesn't have to be like this - giving your landscape a lift can happen on a much smaller scale, if you turn your landscaping idea into a series of fun projects. Here are some...
  5. How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants

    How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants
    Before you squash that insect – are you sure it’s a pest? Many insects are beneficial to have in the garden and repay their accommodation by eating the real pests, or otherwise being food for birds and other animals. If you are unfamiliar with an insect, watch it for a few minutes and it may reveal whether it is a...
  6. Growing blueberries in Sydney

    Growing blueberries in Sydney
    Delicious and versatile - they're just two of the reasons why blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Hybrids) are among the most popular fruits to grow in home gardens. You can grow them in an orchard, veggie bed or garden bed - dwarf varieties will even grow happily in a large container. Blueberries grow across cool, temperate and subtropical climates, which means...
  7. The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens

    The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens
    At Flower Power, we believe any garden can be as colourful as you want it to be - even in the dead of winter. Include some of our favourite winter-flowering shrubs and you can have a cold-weather garden that's blooming with colour and fragrance. Grow a mix of evergreen, winter-flowering shrubs, climbers and perennials to bring colour to your garden...
  8. Pet-safe outdoor plants: Creating a pet-friendly garden

    Pet-safe outdoor plants: Creating a pet-friendly garden
    It’s not only human members of the family that enjoy our gardens. For four-legged family members, the garden is their outdoor territory and their window on the world. For everyone’s ease of mind, the garden needs to meet the needs of our pets and be their safe haven. The good news is, it's not at all difficult to make it...
  9. Planting Kale 101: How to grow kale

    Planting Kale 101: How to grow kale
    If you want a handsome vegetable to grow and share on social media, kale is it. Once found lurking in the culinary shadows, it has become trendy with a reputation as a ‘superfood’. The reputation is well-deserved, as this leafy veggie is packed with vitamins (including vitamin C, carotene and folate) and is rich in calcium and iron. It is...
  10. Possum-proof your garden: How to keep possums away from eating your plants

    Possum-proof your garden: How to keep possums away from eating your plants
    According to our records, “how to possum-proof a garden” is a really popular internet search. You’ve probably landed here because you’re having possum issues and have turned to Google for help. Possum populations have exploded in the past decade or so, as these furry marsupials find themselves well-suited to suburban life. With their agility and adaptability, they are able to...

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