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Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants

    How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants
    Before you squash that insect – are you sure it’s a pest? Many insects are beneficial to have in the garden and repay their accommodation by eating the real pests, or otherwise being food for birds and other animals. If you are unfamiliar with an insect, watch it for a few minutes and it may reveal whether it is a...
  2. Growing blueberries in Sydney

    Growing blueberries in Sydney
    Delicious and versatile - they're just two of the reasons why blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Hybrids) are among the most popular fruits to grow in home gardens. You can grow them in an orchard, veggie bed or garden bed - dwarf varieties will even grow happily in a large container. Blueberries grow across cool, temperate and subtropical climates, which means...
  3. The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens

    The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens
    At Flower Power, we believe any garden can be as colourful as you want it to be - even in the dead of winter. Include some of our favourite winter-flowering shrubs and you can have a cold-weather garden that's blooming with colour and fragrance. Grow a mix of evergreen, winter-flowering shrubs, climbers and perennials to bring colour to your garden...
  4. Pet-safe outdoor plants: Creating a pet-friendly garden

    Pet-safe outdoor plants: Creating a pet-friendly garden
    It’s not only human members of the family that enjoy our gardens. For four-legged family members, the garden is their outdoor territory and their window on the world. For everyone’s ease of mind, the garden needs to meet the needs of our pets and be their safe haven. The good news is, it's not at all difficult to make it...
  5. Planting Kale 101: How to grow kale

    Planting Kale 101: How to grow kale
    If you want a handsome vegetable to grow and share on social media, kale is it. Once found lurking in the culinary shadows, it has become trendy with a reputation as a ‘superfood’. The reputation is well-deserved, as this leafy veggie is packed with vitamins (including vitamin C, carotene and folate) and is rich in calcium and iron. It is...
  6. Possum-proof your garden: How to keep possums away from eating your plants

    Possum-proof your garden: How to keep possums away from eating your plants
    According to our records, “how to possum-proof a garden” is a really popular internet search. You’ve probably landed here because you’re having possum issues and have turned to Google for help. Possum populations have exploded in the past decade or so, as these furry marsupials find themselves well-suited to suburban life. With their agility and adaptability, they are able to...
  7. Top 6 veggies to plant in May

    Top 6 veggies to plant in May
    Don’t lose your planting momentum. There are plenty of veggies to sow and plant in late autumn to harvest in winter and spring. Here are our top six veggies to plant in May and why we love them! Remember to liquid feed regularly every 7-10 days (we recommend Harvest) to keep veggies growing through the cold weather.   Broccoli and...
  8. Caring for pilea

    Caring for pilea
    Pilea peperomioides is one of the most popular of all indoor plants - not just in Australia, but around the world. With its round, saucer-like leaves on long stalks, this cute little plant looks as if it landed in the living room from outer space. Those round, lilypad-like leaves also give it a common name of Chinese money plant. Here...
  9. Top indoor plants for bookshelves

    Top indoor plants for bookshelves
    Images of interiors tastefully decorated with lush greenery are driving the craze for indoor plants. One area that’s caught my eye is the use of trailing potted plants for bookshelves. Shelving lends itself to the display of plants that cascade out of their pots and makes the most of interesting containers. If you’ve tried and failed or don’t know which...
  10. Top 10 low-maintenance plants that are easy to look after all year long

    Top 10 low-maintenance plants that are easy to look after all year long
    Many people love the look of a plant-filled garden, but not all of us enjoy the upkeep. The good news? For those of us who like to plant and almost forget, there are a host of plants for you to choose from! This top 10 selection is made up of low-maintenance, non-fussy options that look good in a garden or...

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