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Winter Fragrance

Winter Fragrance

Linda Ross steps into the winter garden for aromatherapy of the botanical kind.

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Star of the season: the Magnolia

Star of the season: the Magnolia

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​Camellia ‘Desire’

​Camellia ‘Desire’

Is this the prettiest camellia of all?

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​Canna ‘Australia’

​Canna ‘Australia’

The popularity of cannas is due to their long display of bold foliage and vibrant flowers. This hybrid is one of a new series called ‘Show Off’, which has been bred for resistance to disease and for clean, sculptural foliage.

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3 must-have perfumes for winter

3 must-have perfumes for winter

Confined to home base this winter, I am enjoying wandering aroma-therapeutically! When it comes to perfume I am spoilt for choice in winter, and I can’t resist picking a few fragrant stems to take back inside with me. They add a lovely note to the smells of baking puddings, and slow-cooking stews!

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Algerian iris

Algerian iris

Also called the winter iris, this plant originates from the Mediterranean and North Africa and consequently enjoys impoverished soils. It produces flowers on and off throughout the winter.

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Angel's Trumpet, Brugmansia

Angel's Trumpet, Brugmansia

It’s easy to see why the common name for the dramatic Brugmansia is angel’s trumpet. These sub-tropical beauties offer months of flowers and fragrance, all in an easy-care package.

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Banksia

Banksia

Visitors to Empress Josephine’s garden at Malmaison outside Paris were wowed by her banksia collection. Two hundred years later gardeners still thrill to these bold and beautiful flowers, but have cold feet about growing them. Graham Ross explains why, and reports on the new cultivars now available.

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Beautiful Bamboo

Beautiful Bamboo

Bamboozled over whether bamboo is a garden pest or a garden saviour? Graham explains why this lovely group of plants can be both – and how to choose the right one for your needs.

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Camellia japonica

Camellia japonica

The Camellia japonica is the queen of winter, unrivalled for glamour, yet she is down to earth, easy to manage and long-lived. Graham Ross has the details.

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Climbing ‘Pierre de Ronsard’

Climbing ‘Pierre de Ronsard’

The Meilland family in the south of France created this beloved climbing rose in 1987. They named it after the 16th century French poet, whose sensuous, romantic and musical poems were highly regarded during his life.

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Clivia

Clivia

The trumpet flowers of this indestructible plant put them top of the list for dry areas, dry pots and under trees. Let’s take a closer look.

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Flowering Gum 'Baby Orange'

Flowering Gum 'Baby Orange'

Smaller than most grafted flowering gums, this gorgeous tree flowers all summer long with huge heads of bright orange blossom, followed by showy gum nuts, and a repeat flowering in autumn. 

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Flowering Gums

Flowering Gums

Iridescent orange, pink and red gum flowers are the must-have plants for summer, bringing in flocks of nectar feeding parrots into your garden. They are followed by ginormous gum nuts that the seed eating birds just adore. Let’s take a closer look.

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Hellebores, the Winter Rose

Hellebores, the Winter Rose

The winter rose is in a class of its own with shy pendulous bell shaped flowers that peek through dark foliage brightening the coldest days. Flowers can be spotted, speckled, green, plum, white, cream, pink, double, single and every variation between. Let's take a closer look.

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

In their heyday, gorgeous, gaudy Hawaiian hibiscus were on every fashionable Australian garden’s must-have list. Their fashion star may since have dimmed but these exuberant flowers are still a slice of summer. Graham Ross asks you to take another look.

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How to: grow kirengoshoma

How to: grow kirengoshoma

Michael McCoy spills the beans on one of the cool climate, autumn-flowering gems that turn temperate gardeners green with envy.

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Know Your: Frangipani

Know Your: Frangipani

Frangipani are familiar as the scent of summer but the range of species, colours, perfumes and leaf shapes might surprise you. Here Linda Ross tiptoes through a forest of frangi's and introduces us to some of her favourite varieties

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Lilac

Lilac

A small tree/large shrub with perfumed flowers in spring.

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Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Peonies seduced Elizabeth Rundle when she was just 16. She’s been a fan ever since, growing and selling tree peonies through a mail-order nursery, first in Canberra and now in Ballarat. Here she shares her story.

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Ornamental Pear

Ornamental Pear

This is one of the most beautiful ornamental pears available. It has a conical upright shape, and shiny dark green leaves that colour dramatically to gold, plum and burgundy in autumn. Masses of beautiful white flowers appear in spring.

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Paper Daisies: Perennials

Paper Daisies: Perennials

Forgo short lasting annual daisies in favour of these long lasting perennial types and your happiness and bright wildflower will endure for years not weeks.  

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Perennials

Perennials

We have fallen in love all over again with romantic flowery gardens packed with perennials. This group of plants offers the gardener an amazing range of colours, textures and shapes to play with. Here Sandra Ross shares the love, answering the most frequently asked questions about this exciting group of plants, and choosing her must-have favourites.

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Perfumed Roses

Perfumed Roses

Spring brings a new bunch of roses to nurseries. These new introductions are the latest in a long history of rose evolution. 

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Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells'

Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells'

This lovely shrub has a few common names including Andromeda, Temple Bells and Lily of the Valley shrub, though it’s not related to the true Lily of the Valley (Convalaria majalis) at all. You might also hear it called Pearl Flower – a reference to those lovely flowers.

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Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily

This elegant bulb grows with a rosette of fleshy foliage that is green or spotted with purple, and a flowering stem densely covered in greenish-cream flowers, often tinged with purple.

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Pink Lilies

Pink Lilies

These tiger lily bulbs turned up on my desk last year (from Tesselaars) so I planted them across the front of our Garden Clinic HQ in spring, alongside that gorgeous rose ‘Pierre de Ronsard’. 

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Polyanthus and Primula

Polyanthus and Primula

We like them on a windowsill to brighten up the dullest day or cheery winter welcome at the front door. Primula, or fairy primrose, is a delicate-looking thing with candelabra-like bunches of small blooms balancing on fragile stems. The dainty flowers, in shades of pink, white, mauve and carmine, have a faint perfume.


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Queen of the Night, a very special kind of Orchid Cactus

Queen of the Night, a very special kind of Orchid Cactus

If you are an early riser and usually early to bed - this plant is not for you! The queen of the night cactus flowers between dusk and dawn - for us she is the highlight of the party season.

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Roses

Roses

Winter is rose-planting time, and to help you make the most of these much-loved flowers, we’ve put together all the information you need. Armed with some growing advice you'll be picking armfuls in no time at all.

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South Africa's best plants

South Africa's best plants

Australian gardeners have long relied on hardy and beautiful plants from our Gondwana partner, South Africa. Graham Ross explains his passion for some of the best plants South Africa has to offer.

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Star of the season Dwarf Banksia

Star of the season Dwarf Banksia

Dwarf Banksias prove that no space doesn’t mean no impact. These low-growing banksias have full-sized flowers that are shining beacons all through winter, drawing nectar-loving big birds as well as tiny little insect-eaters.

 


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Star of the Season: Begonia

Star of the Season: Begonia

If you still think floral clocks when you think begonias, check out these timely stars.


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Star of the Season: Bottlebrush

Star of the Season: Bottlebrush

Brilliant scarlet is not the only shade that cloaks the bottlebrush. They also dress up in pink, mauve, yellow and white so offer the ultimate in easy-going dazzle - in whatever colour you need.

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Star of the season: Clerodendrum

Star of the season: Clerodendrum

Glory bowers, bleeding hearts and butterfly bushes – the common names tell us why we love Clerodendrums. In summer the delicate, scented panicles dangle sweetly in shades of scarlet, pink and blue making the garden a delight.


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Star of the Season: Correa

Star of the Season: Correa

Maria Hitchcock holds the National Living Collection of this wonderful little native, which is easy-care, versatile, generously flowering and bird-attracting. Here she shares her favourites and her growing tips.

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Star of the Season: Jasmine

Star of the Season: Jasmine

The jasmine moment is a brief celebration. Grab hold, cut armfuls of it and drape it all over the house, because in a flash it’s all over til next year.

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Summer Trumpets

Summer Trumpets

Trumpet flowers create impact with their size, profusion and hot colour tones. Not for gardeners who prefer soft romantic pastels, these subtropical stunners are for those who love bold brassy colour and want to create a ‘holiday-at-home’ feel.

 

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Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odorata) are annual climbing plants with fragrant and romantically ruffled, pea-shaped blooms. They were discovered in 1695 and have intoxicated cottage gardeners ever since.

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The Blues

The Blues

Sandra Ross sings the praises of the blues, and finds inspiration from fine gardens around the world for using azure, cornflower, powder, navy, violet, lavender and mauve in our planting palettes.

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Tibouchina

Tibouchina

These glorious purple flowers dazzle just as the summer-flowering show-offs are tiring. Let’s take a closer look.

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Tiger Grass, Thysanolaenia maxima

Tiger Grass, Thysanolaenia maxima

Tiger grass is an ornamental grass with arrow-shaped foliage. It grows in tight clumps, and is ideal as a dense hedge, or a feature pot plant.

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Waratah

A swag of new and improved waratahs mean this much-loved beacon of spring can now find a home in any garden.

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Wisteria

Wisteria

To sit or stand underneath a flowering wisteria vine in full bloom, gazing through the mauve veil of flowers, inhaling the scent, and listening to the bees is bliss. A wisteria in full beautiful bloom escaping up a random tree will stop traffic, but as we mention here you don't need a garden to grow one.

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Worsleya, the blue hippeastrum

Worsleya, the blue hippeastrum

When we revealed that the current favourite plant of Myles Baldwin, curator of the Australian Garden Show Sydney, is the blue hippeastrum (Worsleya procera) we were amazed at the response! This flower seems to have flower captured everyone’s imagination and lots of you were keen for more growing tips.

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