Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. Fast-growing Australian native trees

    Fast-growing Australian native trees
    As conditions get hotter and drier, not just over summer but year round, gardeners are seeking shade for both the house and the garden. Trees not only give shade, they also make areas cooler, create habitat and provide food for creatures of all sorts, give much-needed privacy and filter out unwanted views. Every garden needs at least one tree, and...
  2. How to recognise, treat and prevent heat damage in plants

    How to recognise, treat and prevent heat damage in plants
    After months of extreme temperatures and scorching winds, many gardens have suffered so much heat damage that they look as if someone held a blowtorch over them. New growth is dry and brown, fruit may be cooked on the plant, and lawns have disappeared. The natural reaction to seeing burnt leaves and stems is to get out the secateurs or...
  3. 10 tips to starting your own indoor apartment herb garden

    10 tips to starting your own indoor apartment herb garden
    Lots of indoor plants are only for looking at - but if you want something more productive, in a sunny indoor spot, it is also possible to grow edible plants such as herbs. Here are my top 10 tips to get your indoor herb garden started.   Tip 1: Lots of bright light. Herbs need to grow with lots of...
  4. Frangipani care: How to grow a frangipani

    Frangipani care: How to grow a frangipani
    Frangipanis grow well in warm coastal gardens and even inland with frost protection. Although the frangipani is widely associated with tropical islands such as Hawaii, they actually originated in Central America, Mexico and Venezuela, but have since spread around the tropics and subtropics. Cherry Cluster, a dwarf pink frangipani.   The most common frangipani is Plumeria rubra var. acutifolia. It...
  5. How to plant tomatoes: 7 common mistakes when growing tomatoes in pots

    How to plant tomatoes: 7 common mistakes when growing tomatoes in pots
    The lure of growing your own organic, sun-ripened tomatoes is what gets many of us into veggie gardening - even when our only growing space is a pot. Here are some simple tips to ensure that you avoid the common mistakes and enjoy a good crop of tasty tomatoes, even if you are restricted to growing a plant in a...
  6. Top 10 hanging and trailing indoor plants

    Top 10 hanging and trailing indoor plants
    There’s always more space for beautiful indoor plants in your home when you select trailing plants that can be suspended from the ceiling in baskets, or allowed to spill from pots placed on shelves. Here are 10 favourite trailing plants for a brightly-lit indoor space, balcony or porch.   Boston fern. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) Boston ferns form large and...
  7. How to treat citrus bugs and nutrient deficiencies

    How to treat citrus bugs and nutrient deficiencies
    There are lots of pests that are after your citrus trees, especially in the warmer months of the year. Here’s what to look for and what to do if you find one or more of these common pests. In addition to pest problems, citrus can also suffer from nutrient deficiencies that appear as yellowing leaves, so there are some tips...
  8. Top drought-resistant plants

    Top drought-resistant plants
    Long dry conditions, water restrictions and the high cost of water are all here to stay. It's not all bad news, though. Low-level water restrictions shouldn’t restrict gardening, as they actually reflect best practice when it comes to watering. The cool of the early morning, or overnight when evaporation is low as mandated by water restrictions, are the best times...
  9. Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!

    Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!
    If you’ve found yourself standing in front of your veggie garden in the warm spring sunlight desperate to plant something edible, but not sure what, this post is for you. Here are my favourite vegetables to plant in spring – these are the ones I grow every year and enjoy eating. If you start with seedlings, you could be harvesting...
  10. Gardening 101: Top indoor plants for the new #plantparent

    Gardening 101: Top indoor plants for the new #plantparent
    Indoor plants are trendy. They are the must-have house ornament of 2019, with hashtags, groups and communities around plant parenthood setting social media ablaze. But, unlike industrial lights, leaf-motif wallpaper and anything copper, plants are a decorative item that you can’t buy, set and forget. They are living organisms that demand your care and attention – much like a pet...

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