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  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. The complete citrus care guide for Sydney gardens

    The complete citrus care guide for Sydney gardens
    Citrus trees are among the most popular of all backyard fruit trees in temperate areas such as Sydney. Citrus include lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, cumquats and grapefruit, and all can be grown either in the garden or in large containers. To get the best crops from your trees, however, they need attention throughout the year. Follow our tips and seasonal...
  3. Indoor plant care: How to feed your indoor plants

    Indoor plant care: How to feed your indoor plants
    Achieving that much-desired look of a lush, green oasis indoors means knowing how and when to feed your indoor plants. Surprisingly, more indoor plants die from too much care than from neglect. Indoor plant care is really about learning to the right balance of plant food without supplying more than needed. Indoor plants only need fertiliser when they are actively...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Crepe myrtle: the perfect summer flowering tree

    Crepe myrtle: the perfect summer flowering tree
    Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a tree or a tall shrub with a lot to offer gardeners. First up are its beautiful flowers in pink, heliotrope (a bright pink), red, mauve or vibrant white to enjoy from late spring well into autumn. And there’s no need to wait years for your beautiful blossoms, as these trees flower while young. One...
  7. 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...
  8. How to get seeds to grow faster

    How to get seeds to grow faster
    There’s so much potential inside a tiny seed. It can produce roots, leaves, flowers and fruit, and even grow into a towering tree. But seeds need time and a bit of care to get going. Most seeds germinate (start to grow) in response to soil temperature and moisture, and after a week to 14 days, you could start to see...
  9. How to create a tropical resort-style garden at home

    How to create a tropical resort-style garden at home
    For those missing the annual de-stress of a holiday at a tropical resort, there’s a simple solution... and it’s closer to home than you may think. With a few props, clever plant choices and a spade, you can give you own backyard a resort feel – all for less than the airfare. Here's how.   Our FP Collection Malawi Outdoor...
  10. 7 steps to veggie garden soil prep

    7 steps to veggie garden soil prep
    Any experienced gardener will tell you that it’s all about the soil. But what does that mean? Soil provides air, moisture, nutrients and anchorage for our plants, all of which are needed to make them flourish. The better the soil is adapted to plant roots, the better the growth. Not many soils are ideal for growing productive plants without a...

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