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Rose Types

Rose Types

A quick run down on the types of roses available, a look at some old and some modern roses to include in our gardens of today.

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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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Roses at Red Cow Farm

Roses at Red Cow Farm

Seduced by the colour, forms and perfumes of roses, Ali Mentesh has already collected some 200 to adorn the garden rooms at Red Cow Farm. Can he choose a favourite?

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Roses for Winter

Some climbers flower best during late winter and early spring. They dislike the heat almost as much as I do, so they go dormant in summer. That’s when I prune them - heavily as they are vigorous.

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Salvia 'Ember's Wish'

Salvia 'Ember's Wish'

Ember’s Wish’ is a salvia with large, bright, coral-coloured tubular flowers. Like so many salvias it is hardy and free-flowering through the warm months of the year.

 

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Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet

Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet

There are many desirables in the ginger family: galangal, ginger, turmeric, spiral ginger and beehive ginger, but most prefer warmer climes. This one - halleluiah!- is tough and hardy as far south as Melbourne.

 

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Shining in the Sun: Osteospemum

Shining in the Sun: Osteospemum

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Silver Weeping Tea Tree

Silver Weeping Tea Tree

The Silver Weeping Tea Tree, Leptospermum brachyandrum, has much to offer: that lovely soft foliage; and the distinctive pink, grey and copper shades on the inner bark surface, which are revealed after the seasonal molting of its outer bark.

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Snowflakes, Leucojum

Snowflakes, Leucojum

Ephemeral snowflakes are the first bulb to bloom in my garden, usually early in June. They were well established when we moved into our house more than 30 years ago and they have flowered every year since.

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South African Daisy, Osteospermum

South African Daisy, Osteospermum

Brilliant South African daisies so tough they thrive even on neglected nature strips. It’s available in a range of bright or pastel colours, some with smooth petals, others dipped or spoon-shaped.


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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: Agastache

Star of the season: Agastache

These easy-care, minty-fresh flowery fillers offer reliable and long-lasting summer colour.

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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: 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: Daphne

Star of the season: Daphne

The fragrance and dainty beauty of daphne is enough to make you fling open the doors on a chilly morning so you can breathe it in. Here Mez Woodward showcases daphne - star of the winter season.

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Star of the season: Daylilies

Star of the season: Daylilies

Flowers for a day; for lots of days

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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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Stephanotis floribunda

Stephanotis floribunda

An evergreen twining climber that won’t take over your garden. Hurrah! We love its luscious shiny leaves and clusters of ivory rocket-shaped flowers that are so fragrant they'll wrap their scent around you every time you get home. In our garden it flowers from October to April and was triumphant in our wedding bouquet!

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Summer Annuals

Summer Annuals

For decorating fun in the garden nothing beats a few punnets of annuals. These plants only last a season, but they generously colour gardens, courtyards and balconies during their brief life. Whether it’s a patchwork of blossom you want, or a ribbon of colour along a border, something to fill a gap, a dramatic hanging basket, a fringe of trim in front of shrubs, or simply a pot brimming with flowers, annuals offer the answer.

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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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Taiwan Cherry Tree

Taiwan Cherry Tree

This cheery flowering tree is the first blossom to bloom each year, reputed to always begin flowering on July 24.

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Test Flower Article

Test Flower Article

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The best fuschias

A quick look at some of our favourite fuschias.

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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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The Heritage, South Australia

The Heritage, South Australia

Want roses like this? We picked up some tips from rosarian Walter Duncan on a recent visit to his lovely Heritage Garden in South Australia's Clare Valley. We are in love with his garden (and yes more than just a little in love with Walter too!)

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The List: 6 Cold Winter Wonders

The List: 6 Cold Winter Wonders

A round up of the some favourite winter plants.

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The List: Our 5 best Australian Plants

The List: Our 5 best Australian Plants

Angus Stewart picks his top 5 new releases from the world of Australian plants. Here they are...

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The List: Our 5 best native shrubs

The List: Our 5 best native shrubs

Native shrubs fill the beds with dazzling colour and often have the added bonus of brilling in the birds and the bees. Here are 5 of our favourites.

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The List: Our 5 favourite perennials

The List: Our 5 favourite perennials

A pick of Myles Baldwins' 5 best perennials 

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The List: Our top 6 bush blues

The List: Our top 6 bush blues

Nola Parry's best blues

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The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

Nola Parry's best pinks

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The List: Our top 6 bush yellows

The List: Our top 6 bush yellows

Nola Parry's best yellows

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The new upside of gardening

The new upside of gardening

The show gardens at Singapore's first-ever Horticulture Show earlier this year blurred the boundary between the natural and built environment and introduced us to a whole new place to garden - the ceiling!

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The Oudolf Effect

The Oudolf Effect

Hold the secateurs! Dutch designer Piet Oudolf is changing the way we garden with perennials. Michael McCoy explains how we learned to love those seedheads.

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Thinking gardens

Thinking gardens

Betty Maloney was a pioneer of bush gardening whose advice on finding serenity in the garden is as relevant now as it was half a century ago.

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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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Tree Waratah, Alloxylon flammeum

Tree Waratah, Alloxylon flammeum

This evergreen rainforest tree looks sensational in spring, when it is covered with a mass of red blooms that look like waratahs.

 

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Triple Ginger Loaf

Triple Ginger Loaf

Jo Wright is a keen baker (she’s notched up several wins the Royal Easter Show for her cakes!) an avid gardener, a treasured member of Garden Clinic, and for the last three years, has been the trusted baker of goodies for our garden classes. She wowed attendees at our recent Bees and Butterflies workshop with this delicious ginger cake. As we said our goodbyes everyone begged for the recipe. So here it is. Thanks for sharing it Jo!

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Tropical ​rhododendron, Vireya

Tropical ​rhododendron, Vireya

These rhododendrons are from Asia and the tropics, making them suitable for a range of climate zones in Australia. The tubular, fragrant flowers appear from autumn to spring.

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Tulip Mania

Tulip Mania

When can a pocketful of change lift your spirits? When it buys a dozen tulip bulbs ready for planting, promising a glowing patch of colour in spring.

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Turnips

Turnips

Turnips carry their share of clodhopper baggage, but like other humble veg the turnip is  experiencing a renaissance. And not before time. They are dead simple to grow, highly productive and, given careful varietal selection, utterly delicious.

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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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Warrigal Greens

Warrigal Greens

James Cook’s crew dined on it to ward off scurvy. Now top chefs are going wild for this antioxidant-rich native spinach that grows like a weed.

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Weeping wattles, Acacia baileyana

Weeping wattles, Acacia baileyana

This grafted, weeping Cootamundra wattle is a prostrate form of the iconic Aussie plant. It produces a mass of primrose-yellow flowers in winter and spring and makes a spectacular feature plant for native or formal gardens.

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What’s new this spring

What’s new this spring

Here's what's new in the garden this spring

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What’s new this spring?

What’s new this spring?

Fleur noir? It’s Linda’s new love!

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What’s new: New plants to love

What’s new: New plants to love

Elizabeth Swane talks about all the new plants we're planting this spring.

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