Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. New Zealand Christmas Bush: Metrosideros

    New Zealand Christmas Bush: Metrosideros
    Plants that flower with bold red blooms in early summer are often bestowed with the title of Christmas bush. As far as being red, bold and definitely summer flowering goes, Metrosideros excelsa ticks all the boxes and definitely earns the name of New Zealand Christmas bush. It is also known as pohutukawa. While this plant is native to New Zealand, species...
  2. Why you should use potting mix in your pots and containers

    Why you should use potting mix in your pots and containers
    Australia is a leader in the development and manufacture of good-quality potting mixes. Potting mixes have been developed to ensure that potted plants have the best environment to grow and develop. They are used in the production of nursery plants and by home gardeners. Potting mix is manufactured from composted bark ensuring that a by-product of the timber industry is...
  3. Why you shouldn’t keep an olive tree indoors

    Why you shouldn’t keep an olive tree indoors
    Ever wondered why it's recommended that you don't keep an olive tree indoors? Read on for the answer. Olive trees (Olea europea) have become popular garden trees, with many planting small olive groves or including an olive or two in a courtyard or in a large container. Olives are trees that love heat and sunshine – think the sun-baked hills...
  4. The best native climbing plants for Sydney gardens

    The best native climbing plants for Sydney gardens
    Natives are highly popular in gardens, but there is one group that’s often overlooked – native climbing plants. Most cover vertical surfaces such as walls, fences and pergolas, but many also grow as trailing and groundcover plants. Benefits of native climbing plants for gardens include that they are evergreen, fast-growing, attractive to pollinators especially when they are in flower, and...
  5. Spring & summer annuals: Our 5 favourite flowers to plant in spring

    Spring & summer annuals: Our 5 favourite flowers to plant in spring
    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 seeds or seedlings. 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 summer flowering can be...
  6. The ultimate outdoor spring cleaning checklist for Sydney gardens

    The ultimate outdoor spring cleaning checklist for Sydney gardens
    Spring is a great time to give the house a thorough clean, but don’t stop there. It’s also an ideal time to spring clean the garden. There’s lots that can be done to refresh your garden and outdoor surfaces as well as getting your garden tools in tip-top condition. Here's an easy-to-follow outdoor spring cleaning checklist with our top tips...
  7. Sensational garden staples: Set-and-forget plants that every gardener can grow

    Sensational garden staples: Set-and-forget plants that every gardener can grow
    Every Sydney garden needs a few staple plants. These are plants that you can plant once and never really worry about again, as they can grow with very little extra water, pruning or fertilising required. They may sound too good to be true, but these plants really are set-and-forget, and include plants for every purpose from flowers to groundcovers. Use...
  8. Top plants for a coastal vibe indoors

    Top plants for a coastal vibe indoors
    Coastal inspired decorations and tones are right on trend. If you’ve been inspired to bring the coastal look inside, what plants do you select to match your interior theme? Seaside plants tend to have tough green leaves and include palms, ferns and the tall, lush umbrella tree. The robust green foliage of many indoor plants also complements the blues and...
  9. A guide to caring for Australian native plants

    A guide to caring for Australian native plants
    Australian native plants are gaining a following in gardens, especially flowering native shrubs such as grevilleas, correas, bottlebrush, lilly pillies and banksias. Gardeners are planting Australian natives to attract native insects, birds and animals to gardens and to make their gardens more environmentally friendly. Native plants are also seen as more adaptable to local conditions. With the increase in the...
  10. A guide to planting and growing new-season and bare-rooted trees

    A guide to planting and growing new-season and bare-rooted trees
    July is the time of year that new-season trees and other plants begin to arrive in garden centres. For gardeners who’ve never planted a bare-rooted plant, they can be a little worrying especially with issues around planting, care and maintenance - but there's no need to fret! With the right care and expert advice, these plants will flourish in your...

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