If Camellia japonicas are the stately queens of winter then Camellia reticulata are the cheer girls that dance us into spring. They
are hard to find, but by no means shy, with gorgeous flowers like big ruffled skirts. Linda Ross takes a peep.
Our favourite Camellia reticulata
An evergreen shrub from Japan with subtly fragrant autumn flowers.
This small, deciduous shrub or tree has bright pink, pea-shaped flowers that open on bare stems. The flowers are followed by interesting, flattened, purple
pods like long beans. And the leaves? Well they speak for themselves!
It’s no wonder the Japanese dedicate a whole month of ‘Hanami’ celebrations to the beautiful blossoms of the cherry. You know spring’s arrived when their
pink-hued blooms blanket these perfectly shaped trees.
These versatile shrubs with their charming bell-like flowers are commonly called Chinese lanterns, even though all 1000 species are native to South America!
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.
The yellow-centred, white pinwheel flowers of the climbing frangipani vine really do look exactly like the frangipani tree!
Climbing roses give height, floral interest and elegance to a garden. They can tumble over fences, cascade from pergolas or screen water tanks and dunnies. Here
are some of my favourite ways with climbing roses.
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.
Companion planting is about wisely using plants to reduce the work of the gardener. These are our favourite garden workers.
Two-tone red and cream flowers brighten the garden through autumn and winter, and make the local birds happy too.
We think the Indian Summer crepe myrtles are simply the world’s best summer-flowering trees. Intense flower colour. Tick. Long flowering season. Tick.
Good autumn colour. Tick. Handsome bark and attractive spring foliage. Tick.
Cool as a cucumber is the taste of summer.
Welcome to spring. Here's Graham's cuttings from the garden world.
Here's what's happening in the garden world this winter.
Cymbidium orchids, with their gorgeous flower spikes over a metre tall, look impressive, and are easy to grow in temperate regions, especially in large
pots, which can be sheltered during cold winters.
In full spring bloom, a large Echium will stop passers-by in their tracks. It’s a perennial which produces tall flowering spikes tightly packed
with tiny blue-mauve flowers.
Jane Garling explains why E.G. Waterhouse had such a massive influence on Australian gardens.
This euphorbia has brilliant burgundy foliage and is extremely tolerant of hot, dry conditions. It’s versatile and looks great in a mixed border, potted
garden, or mass planting.
Renowned for its juicy, sharp-tasting fruit, Eureka lemon has been popular with home gardeners for many years. A new variety has all the attributes of
the old – except for seeds! The bright yellow fruit mainly appears in winter and spring.
This is one of the prettiest of the flowering gums, with big bunches of pale pink flowers with prominent stamens.
Discover five of the best gardens to admire the beauty of roses.
Here’s our pick of the best places in the world to be thrilled by the fragrance, form and sheer delight of wisteria.
Poppies are instantly recognisable for their beautiful, papery blooms held above often-hairy stems. The Flanders Poppy is best known as the poppy worn
on Remembrance Day and sown on Anzac Day.
Here Linda gives advice and plans for Autumn; planting liliums, gladioli, admiring the buddleia and ordering spring flowering bulbs.
Here Linda gives us her advice and plans for the flower garden this Spring.
Spring is a great time for choosing shubs, admiring ceanothus and Cherokee Rose, feeding orchids, and of course picking armfulls of Spring flowers.
We've dedicated a part of the patch to growing flowers just for picking. And the bonus?
Armfuls of flowers for vases and arrangements.
Inspired by the cool good looks of Lambley’s hot, dry gardens, here are our pick of the best drought-tolerant perennials for uncompromisingly tough climates.
Camellias are the shining stars of the sleepy winter garden. We love them for their evergreen foliage, stunning flowers and lack of pest and disease problems.
Why not love them for their fragrance too? Here are a few fragrant favourites.
Plant a collection of white-flowering fragrant climbers that will follow each other on show, ensuring that you are never without the delicate scent of
something to look forwad to.
Once you’ve been seduced by the sweet scent of frangipani you’ll fall in love with their grace, grandeur and simplicity. Linda Ross shares her passion
for the world’s most beloved fragrant tree.
More about the tree that gets its common name from the spectacular autumn show of white petalled, yellow-centred flowers.
Did you know that this delicate epacris is the floral emblem for Gosford, NSW? Epacris longiflora thrives on the sandstone topography
of the Sydney basin and loves growing in coastal areas where you can guarantee wind protection.
I have been amazed at the flowering quality of one brave pink fuchsia called ‘Waveny Queen’ in my garden. It has not been without flowers all year; right
through winter it held on and then gave an enormous flush in spring.
Once the cherry blossoms fall, Japan bursts into colour with azaleas, peonies and wisteria creating a
crescendo of colour unknown to most international travellers - and not to be missed!
Graham Ross explains why learning a little Latin can help you make better choices at the nursery, and open up a world of fascinating horticultural stories.
Head to Cairns and the Daintree rainforest to enjoy the lush verdancy of the tropics and find gardens filled with brilliant bold flowers and delicious
new fruit flavours
When we pick up a few plants at the local garden centre, we rarely give a thought to the brave adventurers who risked their lives to collect the plants
from the wild hundreds of years ago.
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