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Leucadendron salignum

Leucadendron salignum

This South African native brings year-round burgundy foliage to the garden. In autumn and winter it produces a cone-like flower, which becomes woody at maturity.

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Lilac

Lilac

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

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Limes

Limes

Few fruits conjure up fantasies of tropical lazing about like the lime. The very names - Tahitian, West Indian - make market gardener, Justin Russell want to kick off my work boots, slip on some boardies and sip on an ice cold mojito.


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Lotus

Lotus

To get the best out of the lotus, plant in an earth-bottomed pond, as the more the lotus can run, the more it will flower.

 

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Lush Foliage

I'm loving lush, luxuriant foliage!

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Macadamia integrifolia

Macadamia integrifolia

The macadamia hails from Queensland and northern NSW but for a long time it was better known in Hawaii than in its homeland.

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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Hobart’s Botanic Gardens is home to an unusual glasshouse with a collection of plants from Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Robin Powell wrapped up warm to collect stories from one of the wildest places on earth.

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Meet Chris Cuddy

Meet Chris Cuddy

Perenialle Plants is a mail-order nursery for tough plants, but you can also drop in. Don’t miss the chance if you are in the Canowindra area. As well as the plants, there’s an inspiring garden and lovely little shop full of artisan-made house and garden desirables.

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Meet Elizabeth Back, Flower grower

Meet Elizabeth Back, Flower grower

Elizabeth Back runs Wild Aesthetic Flowers. Robin Powell interviews Elizabeth here and gets to know what's growing in her garden

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Meet Florist, Nga Bui

Meet Florist, Nga Bui

Like a loose, just-picked look for the flowers in your house? So does Nga Bui. Here Robin Powell interviews one of Sydney's favourite florists

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Meet Kevin Collins, banksia collector

Meet Kevin Collins, banksia collector

Kevin Collins and his wife Kathy grow the world’s only complete collection of banksias in their garden at Mount Barker, Western Australia.


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Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin, Tulip Tops gardeners. They work hard all year to make this garden's spring display something memorable

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Meet Robert Price

Meet Robert Price

Meet: Bob Price, founder and curator, Mexico’s Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Bob Price plan was to conserve Mexico’s unique flora and birdlife and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens he founded to help achieve that were recently included on the list of Top Ten Public Gardens in America you should visit.

 


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Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet Angus Stewart. Plant breeder, gardener and new resident of the Apple Isle. He is also our favourite native wildflower enthusiast.

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Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet Dr Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast and curator of 'Latitude 23' at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

 

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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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Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Geoffrey Head has spent the last 12 years tending to the Eastern Suburbs jewel-in-the-crown Nielsen Park. Today we catch up with him.

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Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Oh hello big dose of flower envy. We'd do any thing for wisteria! Graeme has been growing wisteria for the nursery trade for 20 years. Here he shares his top tips for growing great flowering wisteria.

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Meet: Jodie McGregor, florist

Libby talks to Jodie about her favourite flowers and her plans for her new garden.

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Meet: Mark Engall

Meet: Mark Engall

The nursery and garden industry has some great family stories. Here’s another one with a lemon twist.

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Melons

Melons

A sweet slice of cold melon on a hot summer’s day – irresistible! Watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons are easy to grow in the backyard as long as you have a bit of space.

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Mickey's garden

Mickey's garden

Mickey Robertson gardens at Glenmore House near Camden. Sounds like a scene out of Pride and Prejudice? Well yes, you do feel as though you've traveled back in time where women wear linen and the air smells clean. Winter, she says, is crisp mornings thawing to glorious blue-sky days. Early morning reveal traces of frost on cabbage and kale leaves; and sometimes, just sometimes, the paddocks blanketed in white. Evenings also have a rhythm all their own as woodsmoke trails through the valley. Here she shares glimpses of days in her winter garden.

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Native Violets

Native Violets

Native violets make a dainty carpet under big trees. 

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Necklace orchid, Coelogyne

Necklace orchid, Coelogyne

Coelogyne orchids (pronounced see-lodg-i-nee) are sometimes called necklace orchids because of their long pendant sprays of white flower. 

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NSW Christmas Bush

This good-looking evergreen native shrub has three-pointed leaves and creamy flowers in spring. After flowering the calyxes turn a rusty red for a stunning Christmas show.

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Oak-leaved Hydrangea

This hydrangea is a particularly good shrub for either dry shade or sun. Like all hydrangeas it is deciduous, with large leaves shaped like those of the oak.

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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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Outback Bloom

Outback Bloom

The Australian outback is experiencing a one-in-a-lifetime explosion of exuberant growth and flowering. Birds are flocking to the newly drenched watercourses and brimming lakes, and so are plant lovers. Angus Stewart shares the thrill.

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Pandorea Funky Bellz

Pandorea Funky Bellz

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Papaya

Papaya

I grew up around papaws. My grandpa grew them. My uncles grew them. My parents grew them. They live in memory, but the old papaw has of late taken a back seat to the more luscious, tropical papaya.


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Paper Daisies: Annuals

Paper Daisies: Annuals

Sow paper daisies in May. They will grow slowly though winter, develop a strong root system and flower prolifically 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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Payne's thryptomene

Payne's thryptomene

This dainty native shrub flowers for a long season through late autumn and winter.

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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 Bulbs

Somehow I just can’t escape from pink so I am about to plant 200 pink tulips that I found in Broersen’s catalogue.

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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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Pink Waxflower, Philotheca myoporoides (syn Eriostemon myoporoides)

Pink Waxflower, Philotheca myoporoides (syn Eriostemon myoporoides)

Its botanical name recently changed, but this plant’s common name, of pink waxflower, remains. So too, does the scented foliage on this medium size shrub, that makes it ever popular in pots and garden beds.

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Plant More Trees Please

Plant More Trees Please

Winter is a great time to plant a tree. Come National Tree Day - which tree are you planting? Let us help you by sharing our firm favourites with some handy tips on choosing a flowering birthday tree that, yep, you got it, flowers on your birthday!. 

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Plants: Indesuctribles

Our best tough-performers.

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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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Potted: ​Sturt’s desert pea

Potted: ​Sturt’s desert pea

Dazzling scarlet and black blooms are set against furry silver foliage in this stunner from the desert.

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Potted: Bumble Bee Petunias

Potted: Bumble Bee Petunias

Black and yellow is a dramatic colour scheme for a flower, and this new petunia from Ball Australia is creating quite the buzz!

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Potted: Camellia sasanqua

Potted: Camellia sasanqua

Cooler weather launches camellia season, lets start at the very beginning with Camellia sasanqua. Starved for space? Well here are the top camellia sasanqua for pots.

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Potted: Capsicum 'Sweet Stuff'

Potted: Capsicum 'Sweet Stuff'

This new release is a high-yielding variety that produces sweet fruit that mature from green to a glossy red.

 

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Potted: Chrysanthemum 'Accolade'

Potted: Chrysanthemum 'Accolade'

These reliable plants provide a bright display on a sunny balcony or patio from summer through autumn.

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Potted: Cyclamen

Potted: Cyclamen

Cyclamen are perfect Mother’s Day gifts, and here’s how to get them to flower again the second year.

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Potted: Cyclamen

Potted: Cyclamen

A cyclamen is one of loveliest cool climate pot plants, yet many people find them hard to grow. Position is the key– out of direct sun in a light situation, well away from artificial heating.

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