Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. How to plant and grow camellias in Sydney

    How to plant and grow camellias in Sydney
    Camellias are among the best of all evergreen flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens. There are many species and named cultivars to grow for flowers from late summer to spring. As well, they tolerate shade to full sun and grow in the ground or in containers. No matter which camellia you are growing, they need similar care.   How to plant...
  2. Top low-maintenance native plants for Sydney gardens

    Native plants are gaining in popularity, not only because most are easy-care and fast-growing, but also because they encourage beneficial insects into the garden and provide habitat for small animals. Combining the best of these features are low-maintenance native plants including bottlebrush (callistemon), coastal rosemary, grevillea, kangaroo paw, and lillypilly. All these native plants have similar care requirements: full sun...
  3. How to grow gardenias in Sydney

    How to grow gardenias in Sydney
    The gardenia (Gardenia augusta syn. G. jasminoides), also known as the florist’s gardenia, is one of Australia’s most popular plants - and if you want to know how to grow gardenias in Sydney, you've come to the right place. Gardenias are much loved whether as a cut flower or a garden shrub due to their fragrant creamy white flowers that...
  4. The best potting mix additives and how to use them

    The best potting mix additives and how to use them
    While garden centres carry a broad range of quality potting mixes to suit the needs of all plants, some gardeners like to blend their own using a range of additives. To blend your own potting mix to use in containers, for special plants such as orchids or succulents, or for propagation such as striking cuttings or sowing seeds, you need...
  5. Environmentally friendly pest control

    Environmentally friendly pest control
    Many gardeners want to control garden pests, but in a way that’s not going to harm the environment or beneficial insects. Here are some environmentally friendly pest control tips to minimise impact on beneficials in the garden and product recommendations that are safe to use in the garden. There are now many organic options for pest control, which include biological...
  6. How to recognise, treat and prevent lace bug in your garden

    How to recognise, treat and prevent lace bug in your garden
    Lace bug is a serious pest in gardens, attacking the leaves of azaleas and rhododendrons. The damage it causes is seen as bronzing or silvering on the top of the leaves (see image above), but the pest itself is active underneath the leaf. If you look on the underside of a damaged leaf, the tiny pest along with frass (insect...
  7. Top 5 reasons to install irrigation in your garden

    Top 5 reasons to install irrigation in your garden
    When we moved into our new garden, the first thing we did was repair the irrigation system. It had missing sprayers, some bits were slashed and it didn’t cover all the garden. Despite it being the middle of winter, we knew we’d need the irrigation system in tip-top condition when the hot weather returned and the rain dried up. Whether...
  8. How to help your garden survive a heatwave

    How to help your garden survive a heatwave
    Don’t let a bout of hot weather ruin your garden. There are easy ways to keep your garden thriving even through a heatwave. The key messages are to make sure the garden (especially new and potted plants) is well watered ahead of and during a heatwave, shade vulnerable plants, and use mulch to keep the soil cool and moist. Here...
  9. Colourful hedging plants for Sydney gardens

    Colourful hedging plants for Sydney gardens
    Hedges don’t have to be just green. There are many dense, evergreen shrubs you can rely on on to add year-round colour to gardens from their foliage. Here are our favourite colourful hedging plants that thrive in temperate gardens such as the Sydney area. Most do best in sunny situations with extra water in dry times. To maintain colourful hedges...
  10. How to create a pollinator-friendly garden

    How to create a pollinator-friendly garden
    While honeybees are the most obvious pollinators in most gardens, there are many insects - along with larger animals such as birds and even bats - which also act as pollinators. To check out a bat-pollinated plant, see the sausage tree (Kigelia africana). There’s a specimen in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, but you’re not likely to find one in your...

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