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.
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!)
A round up of the some favourite winter plants.
Angus Stewart picks his top 5 new releases from the world of Australian plants. Here they are...
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.
A pick of Myles Baldwins' 5 best perennials
Nola Parry's best blues
Nola Parry's best pinks
Nola Parry's best yellows
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.
These glorious purple flowers dazzle just as the summer-flowering show-offs are tiring. Let’s take a closer look.
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.
This evergreen rainforest tree looks sensational in spring, when it is covered with a mass of red blooms that look like waratahs.
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
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.
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.
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.
A swag of new and improved waratahs mean this much-loved beacon of spring can now find a home in any garden.
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.
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.
Here's what's new in the garden this spring
Fleur noir? It’s Linda’s new love!
Elizabeth Swane talks about all the new plants we're planting this spring.
We're all white for summer
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.
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.
What’s new: and not-so-new, plants we love. Narelle Smith gives us the winter lowdown for
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.
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!
Linda Ross steps into the winter garden for aromatherapy of the botanical kind.
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
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.
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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