Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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