Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. Bud balling: What is it and how can I stop it from happening?

    Bud balling: What is it and how can I stop it from happening?
    It is disappointing when a plant promises lots of blooms, but then its buds turn brown and fail to open. This problem is commonly called 'bud ball', 'bud balling' or 'flower balling'. If the buds disappear rather than turn brown, then chances are it’s a possum that’s the cause of the vanishing flowers! If the flowers open but then turn...
  2. Purple patch: purple plants for your home and garden

    Purple patch: purple plants for your home and garden
    Including a favourite colour in the garden can be a great way of not only personalising a garden, but creating a theme to unify your plantings. One of the top themes to include in gardens (both indoors and out) is purple plants! Purple adds boldness and flair, while contrasting well with other colours such as lush green. Purple includes a...
  3. How to deal with weeds in your lawn and garden

    How to deal with weeds in your lawn and garden
    Weeds! They are everywhere, and only get worse if we ignore them. So, what are the smart techniques we can use to get rid of weeds – or at least reduce their impact on our gardens and lawns? If you're looking for tips on exactly how to deal with weeds in your lawn and garden, read on! There are many...
  4. All about overwatering: how to save an overwatered plant

    All about overwatering: how to save an overwatered plant
    Many gardeners think that more is better when it comes to water – but it is possible to give plants too much! An overwatered plant can be just as problematic as an underwatered one. As a guide, water when the soil or potting mix is beginning to feel dry. Check soil before watering, as it may look dry on the...
  5. Pretty in pink: Perfectly pink indoor and outdoor plants

    Pretty in pink: Perfectly pink indoor and outdoor plants
    Lots of us want to include our favourite colour in our garden. One of the top colours to include in gardens both indoors and out right now is pink! Pink is also popular for plants where a garden wedding will be held. There are plenty of pink indoor and outdoor plants to choose from. A quick way to add your...
  6. How to control thrips in the garden

    How to control thrips in the garden
    Thrips are a common plant insect pest. They often occur in large numbers, causing damage to buds, flowers, fruit and foliage. There are many different types of thrips, some of which are specific to certain types of plants, while others attack a wide range of ornamental and edible plants. There are also some thrips that are beneficial insects, but these...
  7. How to identify and control lilly pilly pests

    How to identify and control lilly pilly pests
    Lilly pillies are Australian native evergreen shrubs and trees, mainly from moist and rainforest areas of eastern Australia, that have become popular modern garden plants. They are extremely useful screen, hedge and topiary plants, but are also valued for their white flowers and colourful and edible berries, which are usually bright pink to purple. Thanks to plant breeding and development...
  8. How to create healthy soil all year long

    How to create healthy soil all year long
    Creating perfect garden soil isn’t something you do once and it's perfect forever! Maintaining healthy soil is an ongoing job, but one that's well worth it. Here’s some advice on how to create healthy soil and keep it that way over time. It is all about keeping the soil topped up with organic matter and avoiding compaction.   Rich, healthy...
  9. 10 best large-leaf indoor plants to style your home

    10 best large-leaf indoor plants to style your home
    For some, when it comes to indoor plants, bigger is better! From fiddle leaf figs to philodendrons there are many lush and leafy indoor plants to grow to decorate your home. In general, large-leaved indoor plants need a brightly lit spot indoors out of direct sun, which can burn the lush foliage. It is important to keep these large and...
  10. Plants for small spaces: Australian native small garden design ideas

    Plants for small spaces: Australian native small garden design ideas
    Australian native plants and small gardens are a perfect match. In recent years, work on breeding small and compact varieties of native plants mean there are Australian natives to grow in all types of small gardens including courtyards and balconies. They will grow in the ground or in containers. Flower Power have all the Australian native small garden design ideas...

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