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  1. People power

    People power
    After 50 years, Flower Power credits its success to its loyal staff, some who’ve been with the family owned and run business for almost five decades. Lena Ferraro, personal assistant to Flower Power’s founding father, Nick Sammut was 17 when she came to work as a temporary receptionist in 1976, at Flower Power’s first Moorebank garden centre. Back then, the...
  2. How to create a native cottage garden

    How to create a native cottage garden
    Cottage gardens have charmed for centuries. If you'd like a timeless garden of your own, that's easy to maintain, consider going native. Taking inspiration from the classic English cottage garden model, you can create a beautiful informal tapestry of colour using purely Australian natives - mixing flowering shrubs, groundcover, grasses, bulbs, annuals and climbing plants. Australian native plants are drought-hardy...
  3. How to grow a herb garden on your windowsill

    How to grow a herb garden on your windowsill
    A sunny windowsill that enjoys at least four hours of sunlight daily is all you need to have freshly-cut herbs at your fingertips.   Seeds vs seedlings Seeds will give you more bang for your buck, as long as you don’t mind waiting a few months for your herbs to be ready for harvesting. On the other hand, planting seedlings...
  4. Shade plants for small gardens

    Shade plants for small gardens
    From foliage to flowering, groundcover to climbing, discover the best plants for creating a shade garden in your small space.   Foliage plants for small shade gardens By their very nature, foliage plants with big leaves are happiest in the shade because they’ve developed bigger leaves to help them catch more light for photosynthesis - and shade-loving foliage doesn’t get...
  5. What is well-draining soil?

    What is well-draining soil?
    If you’re a gardener, chances are you’ve come across the term ‘well-draining’ soil once or twice. Most plants, including perennials, annuals, herbs, vegies and fruit trees, love well-drained soil. But what does well-draining soil mean? Well-draining soil is soil that drains water at a steady rate. Like the character Goldilocks in the fairytale The Story of the Three Bears, most...
  6. We are family

    We are family
    While most kids in the '70s spent their free time zipping around on bikes or glued to Young Talent Time, Flower Power’s CEO John Sammut and brothers Mark, Group Operations Director and Collin, headed off to work with their dad, Flower Power founder Nick Sammut. Without fail after school and every weekend, the brothers rolled up their sleeves to help...
  7. Pond-er this!

    Pond-er this!
    Sick of looking after your unused swimming pool? Become a pool to pond convert and turn your pool into a thriving backyard billabong, full of beautiful water plants and all manner of wildlife.   What are the benefits of turning a pool into a pond? It’ll save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Aside from the initial setup costs...
  8. Gardening glossary

    Gardening glossary
    The world of gardening is riddled with jargon. If you’re not sure what deadheading means, are wondering if your plant is “established” or thought humus was a delicious chickpea dip, read on. Our simple gardening glossary lists all the common gardening terms you need to know.   A ACID SOIL: soil that has a pH below 7. ALKALINE SOIL: soil that...
  9. Loropetalum Plum Gorgeous

    Loropetalum Plum Gorgeous
    Loropetalum Plum Gorgeous certainly lives up to its name with its stunning year-round plum foliage. But spring and autumn is when it really comes into its own, with its showy swathes of magenta, tassel-like flowers. Naturally dense and compact, this versatile shrub can be almost anything you want it to be. Grow it in a pot, plant in your garden...
  10. The ultimate guide to bathroom plants: 11 best plants for your bathroom

    The ultimate guide to bathroom plants: 11 best plants for your bathroom
    The warm, steamy conditions of your bathroom create the ultimate climate for these 11 indoor plants. Permission to turn up the heat and enjoy a hot shower.   1. Bird’s nest fern Asplenium nidus For a bold, lush and vibrant addition to your bathroom, the glossy, sword-shaped fronds of the bird’s-nest fern are just the ticket. The crinkle factor of...

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