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Kim Richardson

Confession time: I’m a writer, not a gardener. Don't get me wrong, I like to look at plants... just don’t ask me to take care of them. My aim here is simple – to take complicated horticultural information from my garden-loving mates at Flower Power, and turn it into simple, educational gardening advice that even the blackest of thumbs can follow. Hey, if I can keep two rubber plants and a hibiscus (barely) alive, so can you!

  1. Potted perfection: 9 tips for the perfect outdoor pot cluster

    Potted perfection: 9 tips for the perfect outdoor pot cluster
    Potted plants are a popular and suitable choice in nearly every garden. They're much more portable than in-ground plants, so you can take them with you if ever you move house, plus choosing to grow plants in containers can open you up to a wider variety of plants that may not otherwise work with the soil type in your garden...
  2. Love your plants: Three ways to show your garden how much you care

    Love your plants: Three ways to show your garden how much you care
    February is the month of love – and in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it’s time to show your garden how much you care. After all, it showers you with affection all year long in the form of flowers, foliage and fruit! Here are three simple ways to show how much you love your plants - but remember...
  3. Monstera mania: this year's top indoor plant

    Monstera mania: this year's top indoor plant
    If there's one plant that will feature in most of our recent memories, it's definitely the Monstera. How could it not, with its iconic foliage popping up everywhere we turn? There are Facebook groups and Instagram hashtags dedicated to the love of indoor plants, filled with beautiful shots of monsteras in their new homes. You'll even notice monstera leaves when...
  4. Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?

    Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?
    The NSW Government and Sydney Water have just made the exciting announcement that Level 1 Water Restrictions have been relaxed as of 1 December 2020. That doesn't mean it's open season for hoses, though - the restrictions have been replaced with some simple yet sensible Water Wise Guidelines, aimed at encouraging sustainable water use around homes and gardens to ensure...
  5. Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants

    Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants
    At Flower Power, we believe there's no such thing as a black thumb. At the end of the day, it's knowledge, and not some innate ability, that separates the successful plant parents from the hapless plant killers. So if you're not sure how to care for your new indoor plant baby, or you just can't seem to keep them alive...
  6. Small space styling: Create an oasis with balcony furniture

    Small space styling: Create an oasis with balcony furniture
    As the weather starts to warm up, we turn our minds to outdoor living. A morning coffee, an afternoon curled up with a good book, a sunset cocktail, a long lunch with friends or a family dinner - all of these simple pleasures are often much better enjoyed in the great outdoors. But not all of us are living the...
  7. Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil

    Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil
    Just like humans, all plants are a little different, and where some fail to thrive, others will blossom. The clearest example of this is watering. Some plants will wilt and make it very obvious that they need regular deep watering to thrive. Others however, are perfectly pleased with just an occasional rain shower. Something that might be less obvious to...
  8. Winter colour: our 5 favourite plants for adding winter cheer

    Winter colour: our 5 favourite plants for adding winter cheer
    2020 has been a most unusual year so far. First, the drought and bushfire crises kicked into another gear, and then the Coronavirus pandemic changed the way we live our everyday lives. With most of us having spent time isolating at home over the last few months, we think everyone could do with a little extra cheer as winter hits...
  9. The insider's guide to styling indoor plants

    The insider's guide to styling indoor plants
    We're all spending a lot more time at home these days - so while you're there, why not make your space look the best it possibly can? At Flower Power, you know we have a fantastic range of indoor plants - but you might not know that we also have Sydney's widest range of indoor and decorator pots, pot bags...
  10. Our top water-wise gardening tips

    Our top water-wise gardening tips
    Struggling to work out how best to water your garden through hot summer weather, drought and water restrictions? Worried you might have to let your garden go? Fear not! With a little effort, you can make your garden a survivor. We've put together our favourite water-wise tips to help you save water (and therefore money!) and keep your garden happy...

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