Gardening

  1. Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care

    Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care
    Even though indoor plants are inside and protected from the worst of the winter weather, they still need winter care. How you minister to your indoor plants in winter is different from the care they need during spring and summer. If your plants are dying, losing leaves or suffering from pest problems such as scale, it may be because you...
  2. A guide to selecting your perfect rose

    A guide to selecting your perfect rose
    Roses are some of the most romantic and classically beautiful flowers we grow in the garden, but the number of choices can be mind boggling. Choosing a colour is a great place to start, but it's important to select a rose with a habit that suits your situation too. Use the following as a guide when choosing your perfect rose...
  3. Creating a Japanese garden in a small space

    Creating a Japanese garden in a small space
    Japan is high on the must-see list for holidaymakers. Many travellers return with new visions for their gardens, inspired by Japanese temples or the natural landscape. Take-home elements for a Japanese garden include simplicity, a balance of open and planted space, the idea of taking a journey and the use of hard and soft landscaping elements (or more simply, rocks...
  4. Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests

    Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests
    Many new gardeners are amazed to discover that pests can seek out and attack plants growing indoors, or even out on a balcony of a high-rise building. One way or another, pests find plants - even when they are inside and away from the natural environment. They may already have been present when you purchased the plant, or hitched a...
  5. Watering your garden during Level 1 Sydney Water Restrictions (and always!)

    Watering your garden during Level 1 Sydney Water Restrictions (and always!)
    With much of New South Wales battling through drought or drought-affected conditions, Level 1 water restrictions for Sydney begin on Saturday June 1, 2019. As members of the community, it's important for us all to play our part. We thought we'd take the opportunity to share what's allowed, what's not and some tips to ensure your garden continues to thrive while...
  6. Creating winter colour

    Creating winter colour
    Everyone expects gardens to be at their spendiferous, colourful best in spring and summer, with autumn bringing warmth and texture. When we think of winter in the garden, we often think drab, dormant and boring... But it doesn't have to be that way. By choosing your plants cleverly, you can have a garden that is filled with colour all year...
  7. Best flowering plants for balconies

    Best flowering plants for balconies
    Balcony gardens may be bijou, but make no mistake - they can also be a challenge. Getting plant choices correct on a balcony is much like furnishing a small space to make it seem larger than it is. Everything needs to be selected carefully. In the case of a balcony garden, the chosen plants not only need to look good...
  8. Gardening 101: Tips for the neglectful gardener

    Gardening 101: Tips for the neglectful gardener
    Do you want a beautiful garden, but find yourself short on time to give it the attention it deserves? Perhaps you've tried gardening in the past and, through being busy or distracted, you've lost your plants. Or maybe you have a holiday house that is only inhabited periodically. With clever plant selection, even the most forgetful, absent, neglectful gardener can...
  9. Caring for salvia

    Caring for salvia
    With its heat and drought tolerance and ease of growing, salvia is a plant family riding a wave of popularity in gardens. Salvias are small, shrubby perennials that range in height from around 30cm high up to more than 2-3m, but most grow to a manageable 1m high and wide. They suffer few pests or diseases and are easy to...
  10. Gardening 101: how much is too much? Overfertilising your plants

    Gardening 101: how much is too much? Overfertilising your plants
    Gardeners often kill plants with kindness. 'A little bit’s good, so a lot will be even better' is a sentiment that can lead to overfertilising disaster. We are often heavy-handed with fertilisers, dosing plants up too often or when they don’t need it. When to feed As a rule of thumb, most plants only need feeding once a year, and...

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