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Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. How to grow citrus in pots

    How to grow citrus in pots
    Citrus trees are made for the Aussie backyard, but if you don’t have a garden, can you still enjoy the delights of home-grown citrus? The answer is yes if you consider dwarf varieties and grow citrus in pots or large containers. More important than garden space is access to lots of sun and warmth, which are two very important ingredients...
  2. Fungus gnats! How to get rid of fungus gnats in indoor plants

    Fungus gnats! How to get rid of fungus gnats in indoor plants
    Fungus gnats (a type of sciarid fly) are one of the most commonly encountered pests of indoor plants. In fact, they're one of the bugs Flower Power's plant experts get asked about most often. Seen tiny, black, fly-like insects hovering around your indoor plants? You may have fungus gnats - and if you're wondering how to get rid of fungus...
  3. Statement plants for small garden spaces

    Statement plants for small garden spaces
    With land sizes and gardens getting smaller and smaller, plants are downsizing as well. While there’s no longer room for large shade trees in many small gardens, there are many plants that you can use to provide impact. These are known as statement plants. They grow well in small spaces or containers and range from striking succulents to small weeping...
  4. How To Prune Plants: 5 Best Tools For Cutting Plants

    How To Prune Plants: 5 Best Tools For Cutting Plants
    Good tools make for good work, especially when it comes to pruning or cutting plants. Having a selection of sharp tools at your disposal means you can tackle a range of branch sizes and heights, and takes a lot of the stress out of this regular and essential maintenance task. When you select cutting tools such as secateurs and pruning...
  5. The 9 most popular native plants for Sydney gardens

    The 9 most popular native plants for Sydney gardens
    In the past, there was a firm belief that if you wanted to grow Australian native plants, you had to have a completely native garden. This was partly due environmental beliefs, partly aesthetic and partly because native plants were considered to have special growing requirements which didn’t mix well with other garden plants. Well, times have changed. Australian native plants...
  6. 10 Garden Design Ideas For Small Gardens

    10 Garden Design Ideas For Small Gardens
    No space is too small to have a garden or create an outdoor picture. Here are ways you can add plants or interest to your balcony, courtyard or porch.   A grouping of plants in statement pots makes an eye-catching feature; while a hanging plant such as this Monstera lechleriana is ideal for maximising foliage with zero floor space footprint...
  7. The top 12 veggies to plant in autumn

    The top 12 veggies to plant in autumn
    As the days shorten and become cooler, summer plantings such as tomato, cucumber and zucchini begin to wind down. As you remove these spent plants, there is space in the vegetable garden for new plantings. There are many veggies to plant in autumn, which you can then grow and harvest through winter and even into early spring.   Autumn veggie...
  8. A guide to autumn hedge planting and maintenance for Sydney gardens

    A guide to autumn hedge planting and maintenance for Sydney gardens
    Hedges are often taken for granted  - but with a little bit of care and attention, they add a lush and lovely element to the garden. Hedges create shelter and privacy while also acting as a backdrop for other plantings - but proper hedge maintenance is essential for their ongoing survival. The best plant choices are dense, evergreen shrubs with...
  9. The complete autumn lawn care guide for Sydney gardens

    The complete autumn lawn care guide for Sydney gardens
    Autumn, while soils are still warm but conditions are becoming milder after the heat and humidity of summer, is an important time to look after the lawn. After a hot, dry summer, lawns may be brown with areas of bare soil. If the summer has been wet and humid, lawns may remain lush and green but can have problematic weed...
  10. Gardening 101: Preventing plant stress in times of change

    Gardening 101: Preventing plant stress in times of change
    Often when we buy plants, we have a specific position in mind for them within our home or garden. But what happens when that changes? Perhaps the plant would look better in a different position or room and needs to be moved. Conditions around the plant, such as temperature, light and humidity, may also alter - particularly at the start...

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