Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. Flower Power's favourite reliable landscaping plants

    Flower Power's favourite reliable landscaping plants
    There are some plants that are just so reliable in gardens that they are on every garden designer’s plant list. These reliable plants are often referred to as ‘landscaping plants’. They can be used to form a basic planting scheme that can be embellished to create an individual garden. Most also lend themselves to mass-planting for low-maintenance areas, or to...
  2. Propagation 101: How to propagate plants

    Propagation 101: How to propagate plants
    One of the joys of gardening is growing your own plants from cuttings so that you can have more in the garden or house, or share them with friends and family. Many plants are very easy to grow from a cutting (sometimes called a slip) including daisies, succulents, many indoor plants, salvias, geraniums, hydrangeas, many native plants and woody herbs...
  3. Top tips for growing lush, leafy veggies

    Top tips for growing lush, leafy veggies
    With the soaring cost of food, more people are turning to growing their own. The easiest vegetables to grow are leafy greens and salad vegetables, with seedling punnets ready to plant at all 10 of Flower Power's Sydney garden centres. To ensure successful growth of these leafy veggies – such as lettuce, spinach, silverbeet and chard – follow our handy...
  4. Top indoor ferns and how to care for them

    Top indoor ferns and how to care for them
    There are many varieties of ferns on the market, but the top-performing outdoor ferns are often not the same as the top indoor ferns, due to their size and growing needs. Indoors, ferns thrive in bright light but in positions out of direct sun. Many also enjoy high humidity, which is why they are often to be found in well-lit...
  5. The best native hedging plants for Sydney gardens

    The best native hedging plants for Sydney gardens
    Hedges are important elements of many gardens as they provide screening and shelter and can be grown to divide up internal garden spaces. As well, they provide a vertical element in gardens and can offer a safe habitat for wildlife. They can also provide seasonal colour - for example, from flowers or fruit. Hedges are also a great way to...
  6. Autumn/winter annuals: Our favourite flowers to plant in autumn

    Autumn/winter annuals: Our favourite flowers to plant in autumn
    Annuals are plants that grow, flower and die within a year. They are popular in gardens for adding colour and seasonal interest. Annuals are planted each year as seed or seedling. Seeds are sown one to two seasons before flowering time. Growing from seedling shortens the length of time between planting and flowering, so seedlings for winter and early spring...
  7. Favourite Australian native flowering plants

    Favourite Australian native flowering plants
    Everyone’s talking about Australian native plants, and with good reason. Not only do these plants represent Australia’s often unique flora, they also have special attributes and benefits for gardens. Many are highly attractive to insects, birds and small mammals for both food and shelter, which means growing them in your garden helps improve the local environment. Some are even edible...
  8. Plant profile: umbrella tree

    Plant profile: umbrella tree
    If you want a lush green indoor tree, the dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) might be just what you need for your plant collection. Umbrella trees also grow outdoors in warm, frost-free climates and are native to tropical rainforests in northern Australia and New Guinea. In the ground they can become large plants, but size is restricted when grown indoors...
  9. How to promote hedge growth

    How to promote hedge growth
    You’ve planted the hedge and now you are waiting for it grow to block out those close neighbours and give you privacy. Most hedges take three to five years to form a dense screen several metres high, but there are some ways to speed up growth and also increase the density of the hedge. Want to know how to make...
  10. Plant Profile: Alocasia

    Plant Profile: Alocasia
    Alocasia is a family of foliage plants with huge appeal for both indoor and outdoor gardeners. These leafy plants wow gardeners with their large, often velvety leaves. Some are easy to find and grow while others are collector’s plants. They are plants to use for impact and drama as they form a dramatic, leafy clump. The plants have the common...

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