Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. 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...
  2. 10 reasons to love tomatoes!

    10 reasons to love tomatoes!
    Tomatoes are often the first vegetable a new vegie grower plants in their garden. Here are 10 reasons why! The lure of the flavour of a home-grown, sun-ripened tomato. The tomatoes we buy in the shops are often picked partially ripe and then ripened while going through the supply chain. As a result, they lack that wonderful, fresh taste of...
  3. Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care

    Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care
    Even though indoor plants are inside and protected from the worst of the winter weather, they still need winter care. How you minister to your indoor plants in winter is different from the care they need during spring and summer. If your plants are dying, losing leaves or suffering from pest problems such as scale, it may be because you...
  4. The best potted plants for your coastal garden

    The best potted plants for your coastal garden
    Coastal gardens in picturesque places such as around the Mediterranean are frequently bold and flamboyant as they are filled with colourful plants that flower almost year round. Think bougainvillea, geranium and hibiscus. Luckily, all these plants grow as happily in containers as they do in the ground, and still manage to provide that dazzling display - even in your coastal...
  5. Small space gardening: transforming your side garden

    Small space gardening: transforming your side garden
    As our population grows and house blocks shrink in size, gardens are getting smaller and smaller. If we want greenery, we need to make the most of every outdoor space, even those that seem garden unfriendly. One forlorn space that many of us have is the narrow side space between the house and the neighbour’s fence. It's often completely paved...
  6. Creating a Japanese garden in a small space

    Creating a Japanese garden in a small space
    Japan is high on the must-see list for holidaymakers. Many travellers return with new visions for their gardens, inspired by Japanese temples or the natural landscape. Take-home elements for a Japanese garden include simplicity, a balance of open and planted space, the idea of taking a journey and the use of hard and soft landscaping elements (or more simply, rocks...
  7. Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests

    Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests
    Many new gardeners are amazed to discover that pests can seek out and attack plants growing indoors, or even out on a balcony of a high-rise building. One way or another, pests find plants - even when they are inside and away from the natural environment. They may already have been present when you purchased the plant, or hitched a...
  8. Best flowering plants for balconies

    Best flowering plants for balconies
    Balcony gardens may be bijou, but make no mistake - they can also be a challenge. Getting plant choices correct on a balcony is much like furnishing a small space to make it seem larger than it is. Everything needs to be selected carefully. In the case of a balcony garden, the chosen plants not only need to look good...
  9. Gardening 101: Tips for the neglectful gardener

    Gardening 101: Tips for the neglectful gardener
    Do you want a beautiful garden, but find yourself short on time to give it the attention it deserves? Perhaps you've tried gardening in the past and, through being busy or distracted, you've lost your plants. Or maybe you have a holiday house that is only inhabited periodically. With clever plant selection, even the most forgetful, absent, neglectful gardener can...
  10. Caring for salvia

    Caring for salvia
    With its heat and drought tolerance and ease of growing, salvia is a plant family riding a wave of popularity in gardens. Salvias are small, shrubby perennials that range in height from around 30cm high up to more than 2-3m, but most grow to a manageable 1m high and wide. They suffer few pests or diseases and are easy to...

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