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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 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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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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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?

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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What's New This Spring

What's New This Spring

There is a swag of new plants for us to love this Spring and Elizabeth Swane has all the info on the best of them. Read more here about the stunning new plants you'll find at your local nursery now.

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What's New This Summer: Plants to love and books to read

What's New This Summer: Plants to love and books to read

Waves of colour is the promise of the new spreading petunias from Floriana. ‘Wave Pink Passion’, ‘Wave Yellow’ and ‘Wave Silver’ make flower-filled, heat-tolerant mounding ground covers. Spreading up to 1m wide they’re also terrific in pots and hanging baskets. A sunny spot and well-drained soil are essential. Liquid feed fortnightly to enhance new growth.


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Whats new this winter

Whats new this winter

What’s new: and not-so-new, plants we love. Narelle Smith gives us the winter lowdown for 2018

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What's New: A Dollop of Clotted Cream

What's New: A Dollop of Clotted Cream

Opening pale pink then fading to soft coffee cream ‘Cafe au Lait’ is a celebrity-status dahlia. The multi-petalled blooms are up to 25 cm across and there may be 40 on a plant at once, so strong support is essential.

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Wildflowers in your Garden

Wildflowers in your Garden

Australia is blessed with an amazing range of small flowering plants. Yet some gardeners never get beyond a familiarity with gum trees, bottlebrush, paper barks, grevilleas and a few other large plants. They are missing out!

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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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Zinnia

Zinnia

Zinnias are the happiest of summer’s flowering annuals and come in vibrant colours of cerise, terracotta, gold, and lipstick-pink. 


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