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Camellia reticulata

Camellia reticulata

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.

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Camellia reticulata favourites

Camellia reticulata favourites

Our favourite Camellia reticulata 

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Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua

An evergreen shrub from Japan with subtly fragrant autumn flowers.

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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

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!

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Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

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.

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Chinese Lanterns, Abutilon

Chinese Lanterns, Abutilon

These versatile shrubs with their charming bell-like flowers are commonly called Chinese lanterns, even though all 1000 species are native to South America!

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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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Climbing Frangipani

Climbing Frangipani

The yellow-centred, white pinwheel flowers of the climbing frangipani vine really do look exactly like the frangipani tree!

 

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Climbing Roses

Climbing Roses

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.

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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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Companion Planting 1

Companion Planting 1

Companion planting is about wisely using plants to reduce the work of the gardener. These are our favourite garden workers.

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Correa 'Canberra Bells'

Correa 'Canberra Bells'

Two-tone red and cream flowers brighten the garden through autumn and winter, and make the local birds happy too.

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Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

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.

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Cool as a cucumber is the taste of summer.

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Cool as a cucumber is the taste of summer.

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Cuttings from the Garden World

Cuttings from the Garden World

Welcome to spring. Here's Graham's cuttings from the garden world.

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Cuttings from the Garden World

Cuttings from the Garden World

Here's what's happening  in the garden world this winter.

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Cymbidium orchids

Cymbidium orchids

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.

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Echium, Pride of Madeira

Echium, Pride of Madeira

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. 

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Eryldene: The Professor and the Camellia

Eryldene: The Professor and the Camellia

Jane Garling explains why E.G. Waterhouse had such a massive influence on Australian gardens.


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Euphorbia 'Black Bird'

Euphorbia 'Black Bird'

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.

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'Eureka' Seedless Lemon

'Eureka' Seedless Lemon

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.

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'Fairy Floss' Flowering Gum

'Fairy Floss' Flowering Gum

This is one of the prettiest of the flowering gums, with big bunches of pale pink flowers with prominent stamens.

 

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Five of the best: rose gardens

Five of the best: rose gardens

Discover five of the best gardens to admire the beauty of roses.

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Five of the best: wisteria gardens

Five of the best: wisteria gardens

Here’s our pick of the best places in the world to be thrilled by the fragrance, form and sheer delight of wisteria.

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Flanders Poppy

Flanders Poppy

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.

 

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Flower farm: Autumn jobs

Flower farm: Autumn jobs

Here Linda gives advice and plans for Autumn; planting liliums, gladioli, admiring the buddleia and ordering spring flowering bulbs.

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Flower Farm: Spring

Flower Farm: Spring

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.

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Flower Farm: Summer jobs

Flower Farm: Summer jobs

We've dedicated a part of the patch to growing flowers just for picking. And the bonus? Armfuls of flowers for vases and arrangements.

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Flowers for hot, dry gardens

Flowers for hot, dry gardens

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.

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Fragrant Camellias

Fragrant Camellias

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.


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Fragrant White Climbers

Fragrant White Climbers

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.

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Frangipani

Frangipani

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.

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Fried Egg Tree, Gordonia

Fried Egg Tree, Gordonia

More about the tree that gets its common name from the spectacular autumn show of white petalled, yellow-centred flowers.

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Fuchsia heath (Epacris longiflora)

Fuchsia heath (Epacris longiflora)

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. 

 

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Fuchsias

Fuchsias

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.

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Garden festival planner: Japan’s floral festivals

Garden festival planner: Japan’s floral festivals

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!

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Garden Glossary

Garden Glossary

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.

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Garden Road Trip: Tropical North

Garden Road Trip: Tropical North

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

 


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George Forrest: the plant world's Indiana Jones

George Forrest: the plant world's Indiana Jones

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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