Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Gardening 101: how much is too much? Overfertilising your plants

    Gardening 101: how much is too much? Overfertilising your plants
    Gardeners often kill plants with kindness. 'A little bit’s good, so a lot will be even better' is a sentiment that can lead to overfertilising disaster. We are often heavy-handed with fertilisers, dosing plants up too often or when they don’t need it. When to feed As a rule of thumb, most plants only need feeding once a year, and...
  4. Gardening 101: A buyer's guide to plant selection

    Gardening 101: A buyer's guide to plant selection
    A visit to a garden centre to buy plants for your garden can be an overwhelming experience. For me, it’s like being a kid in the candy store with so many pretty things begging to go in my trolley. While it can be great fun, plant selection is key - otherwise, when you get home you may find that there’s...
  5. Wind-tolerant plants and plantings

    Wind-tolerant plants and plantings
    Have you ever noticed how plants growing near the coast or on windy hillsides are often small and gnarled? They look as if they’re hanging on with all their roots, trying to keep their branches low and out of the wind. The very same plant growing in a sheltered spot usually stands tall and upright. If your garden, or even...
  6. Gardening 101: caring for your balcony garden

    Gardening 101: caring for your balcony garden
    If you are new to gardening in containers on a balcony or other confined space, you may not know quite where to begin. Here are the answers to many frequently asked questions about small-space and balcony gardening.   Q. What kind of pots should I be using on my balcony? A. There are many different pots that are suited to...
  7. Top 5 February tasks your garden will love you for

    Top 5 February tasks your garden will love you for
    According to the calendar, February is the last month of summer, but it can be very hot and humid and these conditions take their toll on the garden. Over the next few months the weather will cool, days will get shorter and the milder months of autumn will arrive. For now, though, there are some simple tasks you can undertake...
  8. Foliage Plants for Shady Gardens

    Foliage Plants for Shady Gardens
    A shady garden is a cool place to while away hot summer days. Gardens that are filled with lush foliage look cool and feel cool too. Use trees, clumps of palms or a plant-covered pergola to create summer shade in sunny areas or plant shade-loving foliage plants in courtyards or gardens with a shaded southerly aspect. There are many plants...
  9. Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs

    Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs
    I have two dogs and they have very different preferences when it comes to sunshine. One of them loves lying in the sun, while the other gets hot quickly and prefers the shade. Our plants, too, have preferences for sunlight or shade - but unlike the dogs, they can’t move into the spot they think looks most comfortable, so they...
  10. A comprehensive guide to orchids

    A comprehensive guide to orchids
    Orchids come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are grown for their bold and usually long-lasting flowers. Use these plants to brighten both indoor and outdoor spaces and add an exotic touch. There are orchids that flower throughout the year and others that only flower at certain times of the year. Some are for experienced gardeners while others are...

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