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Plants I love: dwarf banksias

Plants I love: dwarf banksias

‘Banksia or grevillea’ I’m sometimes asked, in the native-plant lover’s version of ‘Batman or Superman’. For me, it’s banksia, every time.

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Plants I love: Honeybush

Plants I love: Honeybush

Linda has long been smitten by the serrated blue leaves of Honeybush, Melianthus major. Then she discovered a new, small-growing, purple-tinted form.


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Plants I love: Jerilderie Red

Plants I love: Jerilderie Red

The chance cross between an Illawarra flame tree and a kurrajong is a tree that should be better known and more widely grown.

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Plants I Love: peony

Plants I Love: peony

Years ago, on one of our early Jacaranda Cruises, a woman presented me with a cardboard toilet roll. I was a bit surprised until I saw the round pink bud inside. It was a single long stem of the‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony. Over the next two weeks I was captivated as the bud gradually opened to a multitude of pink petals and a boss of golden stamens. I’ve been mad for peonies ever since and have admired them in peak perfection in gardens in England, Canada, USA and France, as well as in cool climate gardens in Australia.

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Plants I love: Star magnolia

Plants I love: Star magnolia

Magnolias can languish in their formative years, but perseverance will be rewarded. Here Graham discusses his favourite magnolia's story.

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Plants: Indestructibles

Plants: Indestructibles

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

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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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: Daffodils

Potted: Daffodils

‘King Alfred’ and ‘Sydney’ sport the traditional golden trumpets that herald the new season but there are other daffodil shapes and colours to enjoy.

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Potted: Dahlia

Potted: Dahlia

Dahlia-lovers will be planting tubers in September-October for big bold flowers in summer. Meanwhile, there is fun to be with dwarf varieties, which can be planted in pots or, lets face it, crammed into any bare spot in the garden!

 

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Potted: Dianthus

Potted: Dianthus

These new ‘garden pinks’ are an effervescent cerise with a port wine eye. The fragrant, double blooms are long-lasting and the plants are compact and well suited to pots. 

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Potted: Federation Daisy

Potted: Federation Daisy

For all the slander suffered by daisies, they have maintained their popularity with gardeners and the new release ‘Sunday Best’ is a good illustration of why. Vibrant, double pink flowers literally smother the bush from mid-autumn to spring.

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Potted: Freshen up houseplants

Potted: Freshen up houseplants

It's time to check potted houseplants for some much needed revival. They are beautiful additions to any indoor space, contributing to the health of our inside environments. It's called biophilia - the happiness of surrounding yourself with green living things!

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Potted: Fuchsia

Potted: Fuchsia

A front door with an easterly aspect is the perfect position for fuchsias, which love morning sun, but can’t cope with an afternoon blast from the west.

 

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Potted: Gardenia 'Florida'

Potted: Gardenia 'Florida'

Glossy green leaves provide the perfect backdrop to fragrant white flowers.

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Potted: Hibiscus 'Breeze'

Potted: Hibiscus 'Breeze'

These new hibiscus are excellent for containers, with compact growth and plenty of flowers over a long period.

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Potted: Hippeastrum

Potted: Hippeastrum

Don’t you love the flamboyant look of hippeastrums in late spring! Their bright trumpet-like flowers on top of strong stems shout a happy message to passersby.

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Potted: Kangaroo Paw

Potted: Kangaroo Paw

These furry, iconic Australian flowers are a great addition to a potted garden, especially the smaller varieties. As long as you have a space that sees full sun and they’re planted into a native potting mix, you can’t go wrong. From now until early summer keep up the water to maintain colour and extend longevity in the blooms. To stimulate new growth, cut back old flower stems and foliage to the base.

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Potted: Ornamental Kale

Potted: Ornamental Kale

The pink and purple heads of ornamental cabbage provide highly desirable splashes of colour throughout the long months of winter.

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Potted: Pansy Plentifall

Potted: Pansy Plentifall

Trailing pansies cascade over urns, hanging baskets and window boxes. Their profuse flowering habit allows them to recover quickly after rain so the display lasts for months at a time.

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Potted: Petunia 'Harlequin'

Potted: Petunia 'Harlequin'

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Potted: Pohutukawa

Potted: Pohutukawa

This iconic Kiwi native is an excellent choice for pots on high, windy balconies

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Potted: Rock Thrytomene

Potted: Rock Thrytomene

Thryptomene takes its name from the Greek meaning ‘coy, prudish or made small’ which is a perfect reference to both its foliage and flowers. Saxicola refers to the rocky soil in which is grew prolifically before being bred for domestic gardens.

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Potted: Star magnolia

Potted: Star magnolia

Courtyard gardeners who covet the pretty petals of magnolias find that most struggle in potted situations. But not the star magnolia which grows into a long-lived, rounded, short shrub with either white, ivory or rose pink blooms.

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Potted: String of Pearls

Potted: String of Pearls

This is an easy-to-grow, dry-loving succulent that looks like dripping stems of bright green peas on a string. It comes from southern Africa and prefers a light position, inside or out. 

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Potted: Succulents

Potted: Succulents

Summer pots dry out in a flash and in some situations the only dependable potted colour will be succulents. Two of our favourites are copper pinwheel (Aeonium 'Sunburst') and blue chalksticks (Senecio mandraliscae).

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Potted: Summer Petunias

Potted: Summer Petunias

Summer petunias are particular favourites of ours so we thought we’d share this cheery combination of red and lemon petunias with orange osteospermum.

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Potted: Sunflowers

Potted: Sunflowers

Sunflowers are ideal for junior gardeners as they are quick to grow and flower and don’t require much in the way of space, fertiliser, or water. 

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Potted: Sweetpeas

Potted: Sweetpeas

Sweetpeas are traditionally planted by St Patrick’s Day, March 17th. They can be sown into containers as well as garden beds.

 

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Potted: Zonal Geraniums

Potted: Zonal Geraniums

Perennial upright geraniums (which are correctly called pelargoniums) are easy to grow and offer bright, colourful blooms over a long period.

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Potted: Zygocactus

Potted: Zygocactus

These epiphytic cacti hail from Brazil, where they thrive in tree branches or in rock ledges. Try them in a basket hanging at eye level for the greatest impact from the vibrant blooms, which may be hot pink, purple, coral, white or madly variegated.

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Queen of the Night, a very special kind of Orchid Cactus

Queen of the Night, a very special kind of Orchid Cactus

If you are an early riser and usually early to bed - this plant is not for you! The queen of the night cactus flowers between dusk and dawn - for us she is the highlight of the party season.

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Red Hot Pokers, Torch Lily, Pokers

Red Hot Pokers, Torch Lily, Pokers

The scarlet and yellow flower heads of this cheery beauty are held high on strong stems above strappy foliage. Kniphofias are tough and come in a range of citrus colours, as well as white and green.

 

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Rose Companions

Rose Companions

A swooningly beautiful rose garden isn’t just about the roses; it’s the plants that accompany the roses that complete the scene. Here are some awesome companions to plant with your roses.

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