Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. Make your backyard a flower garden: 5 steps for beginners

    Make your backyard a flower garden: 5 steps for beginners
    Flowers are more than just the pretties of the garden. There are many positive benefits to be reaped from growing flowers in your garden. They add colour, fragrance and encourage beneficial insects and visiting birds. They are also fun to pick, whether to bring indoors or arrange in a posy to give to a friend. Some flowers are edible and...
  2. Top 20 reasons why your plants keep dying

    Top 20 reasons why your plants keep dying
    For many new gardeners, both indoors and out, keeping plants alive can be a challenge. While there are lots of reasons a plant may die, there are some basic things to do that can keep plants not just alive, but thriving. Don’t throw in the trowel and blame your ‘brown’ thumbs if a plant dies. Try to work out what...
  3. 5 best low-maintenance hedge plants and how to plant them

    5 best low-maintenance hedge plants and how to plant them
    Hedges can be used to mark a boundary, edge a path or garden bed or screen out unwanted views. Hedging plants need to be evergreen (so they are green and leafy year round), suitable for clipping and robust. We've got all the know-how you need when it comes to selecting and planting low-maintenance hedge plants.   How to plant a...
  4. Bonsai for beginners: How to care for your bonsai

    Bonsai for beginners: How to care for your bonsai
    Got questions about how to care for your bonsai? We've got all the answers you need.   What is bonsai? A bonsai is any plant trained and maintained in a container to be artificially small and compact in growth. Bonsais are long-term plants. Bonsai is a Japanese tradition that has gained popularity around the world. Bonsai enthusiasts, collectors and practitioners...
  5. Why autumn is the best time for planting

    Why autumn is the best time for planting
    You may hear other gardeners talking about autumn being the best time for planting, but why is that the case? Autumn – particularly mid-autumn - is a good time to plant for lots of reasons, but all are to do with creating a stress-free environment for the new plant to flourish and experience less transplant shock.   Reason 1: The...
  6. Succulent garden ideas: 5 succulent ideas for small spaces

    Succulent garden ideas: 5 succulent ideas for small spaces
    Succulents are very popular garden plants and it is easy to see why. They relish hot, dry situations and can take a starring role in dry, heat-tolerant and low-care gardens. Many also grow well in containers, so are great for small spaces, too. This tough plant group is also finding its way into flower and table arrangements indoors and into...
  7. Strelitzia Nicolai 101: How To Grow Birds of Paradise Indoors

    Strelitzia Nicolai 101: How To Grow Birds of Paradise Indoors
    The giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai), also called wild banana, is a large and striking plant of warm gardens - but in recent years it has become a popular indoor decorative flourish, too. As it isn’t really at home inside, growing it successfully indoors is a big challenge. Flower Power's expert garden people always recommend that these plants be...
  8. How to keep your garden thriving through persistent wet weather

    How to keep your garden thriving through persistent wet weather
    La Niña has been declared for the beginning of 2022 and may extend into autumn. La Niña events typically bring heavy and widespread rains to many parts of Australia. While most plants love a good watering, persistent wet weather is not always a good thing for plants. Wet soils can lead to root rot and fungal diseases, while wet plants...
  9. The west side: plants that cope with harsh western sun

    The west side: plants that cope with harsh western sun
    As summer heats up, it focuses gardeners on the challenges of exposed garden situations. One of the hottest parts of the garden is the area that gets full afternoon sun. It may be a garden, a balcony or part of your road frontage. The area may also be exposed to reflected heat from hard surfaces and to hot, dry westerly...
  10. How to make sure your garden survives when you go on holiday

    How to make sure your garden survives when you go on holiday
    Are you planning a holiday, but worried your gardening efforts might be wasted if the garden isn’t cared for? While it is possible to go away for a day or two without the garden coming under too much stress, longer stretches away, especially during a hot summer, can be catastrophic. The best option is to hire a house-sitter (especially if...

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