plant care

  1. Rhaphiolepis

    Rhaphiolepis
    Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) is one of the most bulletproof shrubs around. Need a plant in a pot? Indian hawthorn. Need a low, compact hedge? Indian hawthorn. Want pretty spring flowers? Indian hawthorn. Need a shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves? You guessed it, Indian hawthorn. Evergreen? Indian hawthorn. Suits an exposed balcony or garden with heat, wind, coastal...
  2. 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...
  3. Native groundcover plants

    Native groundcover plants
    Bare soil is asking for trouble in a garden. Weeds will sprout, soil will dry out in summer and erosion can occur in windy conditions. Mulch is an option but for a longer term solution why not try one of these tried and tested native groundcover plants. To view our expansive range of groundcover plants or to get some personal advice...
  4. Short & sweet native shrubs

    Short & sweet native shrubs
    Australian native plants are making their way into a broad range of garden designs today. New cultivars have introduced a broader colour palette and the always interesting foliage and flowers of natives are back in vogue, especially when paired with contrasting plant groups in rambling, cottage garden styles. There are a huge range of compact native shrubs that make for excellent...
  5. Happy medium hedging plants

    Happy medium hedging plants
    Looking for a hedge that's not too small and not too high but just right? Here's a list of popular plants suited to create hedges about one metre high. Perfect plants for a one metre high hedge Buxus micropyllia japonica If you're wanting your new hedge to fill in fast Buxus micropyllia japonica is a great option for you. This...
  6. Native grasses

    Native grasses
    Native grasses are a fantastic option for those tricky spots in the garden. They are tough, thrive in a wide range of conditions and need very little maintenance. Native grasses can be used as specimen plants and are very effective when mass planted along a pathway, driveway or fence or as a backdrop providing consistent colour and interesting textures year-round. Top native grasses...
  7. Hedging plants over two metres

    Hedging plants over two metres
    Savvy plant selection will give you a hedge that provides privacy from neighbours, protection from wind and added beauty to your garden. At Flower Power we have a huge range of hedging and screening plants available plus expert staff to help you select plants that will thrive in for your garden. Hedging plants over two metres Here are some of the most popular hedging...
  8. A guide to mulching

    A guide to mulching
    In recent years, the mulching of garden beds, soil areas and even pot plants has become an important part of garden care and maintenance. Mulch is applied to reduce weed growth, retain soil moisture, keep soil cooler on hot days and, when organic materials are used, to add nutrients to soil for better plant growth. Mulch also helps tie a garden...
  9. Why grevilleas might surprise you

    Why grevilleas might surprise you
    Grevilleas are among the most versatile plants you can grow. Use them as a hedge plant, feature shrub or tree, as a ground cover or a weeping standard. Put them in a garden bed or in a container. There are varieties for all soils and climates and they bring in the birds. Grevilleas are also charming as cut flowers. If...
  10. Azaleas

    Azaleas
    I had always thought of azaleas as small plants until one day I visited an old Sydney garden and found myself walking through a tunnel of shrubs. Wondering what they were, I looked up and discovered azalea flowers above my head. These plants, which were decades old and had never been pruned except to create space to walk, had grown...

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