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  1. Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs

    Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs
    I have two dogs and they have very different preferences when it comes to sunshine. One of them loves lying in the sun, while the other gets hot quickly and prefers the shade. Our plants, too, have preferences for sunlight or shade - but unlike the dogs, they can’t move into the spot they think looks most comfortable, so they...
  2. Tibouchina

    Tibouchina
    Tibouchinas are seen at their purple best in autumn when most are in full flower. These evergreen shrubs or small trees thrive in warm, sheltered gardens that are protected from frost. These are adaptable plants that can grow in full sun or part shade. Tibouchinas (also known as lasiandra or glory bush) originated in parts of tropical South America including...
  3. 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...
  4. Viola Friolina

    Viola Friolina
    A little bit about Viola Friolina There’s no excuse for a dull and dormant autumn and winter garden when you have pretty perennial Viola Friolina in bloom. At a time when many flowering plants are enjoying a winter snooze, this autumn- and winter-flowering beauty is branching out and trailing, revealing an abundance of blooms as it goes. Evergreen Friolina is...
  5. New South Wales Christmas Bush

    New South Wales Christmas Bush
    A little bit about New South Wales Christmas bush One plant that’s always perfectly dressed to celebrate an Aussie Christmas is the New South Wales Christmas bush. In early summer, this shapely native shrub’s small creamy-white flowers give way to showy red or pink bracts. Together with pretty, shiny, soft foliage, it’s no wonder this plant is a florist favourite...
  6. Dianthus

    Dianthus
    A little bit about dianthus If you’re a frill seeker, you’ll love dianthus. Set against silvery-green foliage, dianthus are a wonderful addition to any sunny spot with their frilly, tufted white, pink, red and mauve flowers. Many dianthus boast two-coloured petals that are laced, flecked or picotee (an outer margin of another colour, usually red). One of its common names, ‘pinks’...
  7. Daphne Perfume Princess

    Daphne Perfume Princess
    A little bit about Daphne Perfume Princess Exquisitely scented, bursting with big blooms and a breeze to care for. It’s easy to see why Daphne Perfume Princess was crowned 2016’s Plant of the Year. You too can enjoy this award-winning plant, especially mid-winter to spring, when blush-pink flowers (later fading to white) fill the air with a heady, slightly citrus...
  8. Hardenbergia

    Hardenbergia
    A little bit about hardenbergia It’s hard not to love this tough, evergreen native. Named after Franziska Countess von Hardenberg, a 19th century Austrian botany patron, a hardenbergia will adapt to almost any spot you put it in. Its deep green, leathery leaves and pea-shaped clusters of flowers are loved by birds and butterflies too.   Botanical name: Australian sarsaparilla...
  9. Protea Little Prince

    Protea Little Prince
    Little Prince is a compact King Protea, reaching 1m in height and selected specially for containers and small gardens. It flowers year round with eye-catching impact and the birds love it. Loves full sun and well drained clay or sandy loams. Withstands light frosts, excellent in containers. A fantastic addition to any garden or patio. Protea Care Plant in well-drained soil. Water well to...
  10. Pig Face (Mesembryanthemum)

    Pig Face (Mesembryanthemum)
    Pig Face is a fun, versatile plant with an unfortunate nick name.

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