Confined to home base this winter, I am enjoying wandering aroma-therapeutically! When it comes to perfume I am spoilt for choice in winter, and I
can’t resist picking a few fragrant stems to take back inside with me. They add a lovely note to the smells of baking puddings, and slow-cooking stews!
‘There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again’ wrote the American poet Margaret Elizabeth Sangster more than a century ago. Here are some great
ideas for that perfect welcome home.
For jaw-dropping garden style and sheer floral beauty you can’t beat a walk around one of the world’s best garden shows. This is our pick of the top five,
in no particular order.
Isolation at home is much easier when you have a
nice project. Ever wanted to grow your own veggies but never
knew where to start? Here are five steps to consider when
starting a patch from scratch.
Once a decade the horticultural industry of Holland celebrates with a grand expo called Floriade. Each massive event is held in a different place and in
2012 it was carved out of a forest near Venlo, close to the Dutch border with Germany. Ideas? Well it had a few!
Need to know where to find the best rose gardens in Australia? We've done the hard yards for you, and here they are.
Follow our guide on what to plant.
Our favourite Camellia reticulata
The annoying habit of weeds to grow fast (and often better than the vegetables they smother!) is good news for foragers. Follow these rules for weed eating:
check and double check the identification; pick new leaves; pick leaves before flowering; pick only from areas that haven't been sprayed; and wash
everything before using. These are our top 5 weeds.
Discover five of the best gardens to admire the beauty of roses.
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.
I love to snuggle up with a book, but I’m also enjoying some great garden reading online. Have a look at these:
Visiting Appletern is like having your favourite garden magazine come to life. Around every corner of this vast garden showcase in Holland is a new page
offering great ideas for your own garden: design, plants, planting combinations, paving options, sculpture, furniture and more.
Summer is upon us now and our gardens need special attension to survive the heat and prolonged dry weather.
Here are some jobs to help get the garden through this challenging time.
Our best tough-performers.
Some climbers flower best during late winter and early spring. They
dislike the heat almost as much as I do, so they go dormant in summer. That’s when
I prune them - heavily as they are vigorous.
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.
A quick look at some of our favourite fuschias.
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.
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
Here are the 5 must-have purple veg this winter. Why purple? The colour is caused by a pigment called anthocyanin which is responsible
for the colour of blueberries, purple and red grapes and red cabbage. It’s an antioxidant that appears to have a number of health benefits but also
Autumn is the time to head down to the local nursery and chose your autumn foliage tree before it loses its leaves. You could also go down to the park
and check out some of the autumn foliage there, then note the ones you like. Here are our favourite autumn foliage trees.
Nola Parry's best blues
Nola Parry's best pinks
Nola Parry's best yellows
A great holiday isn’t just about where you go and what you see, it’s also defined by where you stay. So when we plan a tour we don’t just look for the
most exciting gardens, we also search out great hotels.
You might not have space for a vegetable plot, but foraging in the garden can still yield treats for dinner. Linda Ross picks a few delicious surprises.
Gardeners are often advised to add nutrients and trace elements to the soil before planting, especially before planting edible plants. Why? Linda has the
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