Plant's 101

Think Big When It Comes to Pots
We have a range of fantastically large planters.  There is nothing meek about these, but rather, they make a statement and demand attention. So why and where would you use these?  When you choose a planter that’s over 400mm across...
Native Screens and Hedges
Hedges define boundaries, create a living wall, block unsightly views and, most importantly, provide privacy.  They come in all shapes and sizes, but what makes a good hedge is a plant that responds well to pruning, retains its foliage right...
Australian Native Cottage Garden
Australian natives can be used in a wide range of garden styles and uses.  The advantage of them over exotics is that they’re better suited to our climate and soils, meaning that they can cope with our unique conditions without...
Lavender Therapy
How fabulous are lavenders looking at the moment with their purple, scented flowers and fabulous oil rich leaves.They’re great in pots and tubs or in the ground as a hedge or mass planted.  They work especially well planted where you...
Asian Leafy Greens - Ready to plant and quickly eaten
This summer has been a wet and mild one, so it might be worthwhile jumping the queue for autumn planting by just a few weeks and popping in some Asian leafy greens.  Think Mizuna, Mibuna, Mustard Greens (and the purple...
Red flowers and Lunar New Year
It’s not just red envelopes that are symbols of prosperity for the Lunar New Year, it’s anything red, including flowers.  Red symbolizes vitality (blood), beauty and happiness which is why it’s used at many important events, such as weddings and...
Mulch Uncovered
Mulch is a layer of material placed over the top of your soil.  It’s usually organic matter and can range from pine bark to leaf mould, straw and sugar can, but can also be inorganic and include materials like pebbles. ...
How to Grow Murraya paniculata
One of the most popular plants of the last few decades would have to be Murraya, also known as Orange or Sweet Jessamine, or mock orange.  This is because not only does it look and smell great (like orange blossoms),...
How to grow Gardenias
Gardenias are stunning evergreen shrubs with glossy green leaves and fragrant white or cream flowers. They flower from late spring to early summer and then spot flower throughout the warmer months of the year.   They can be grown as specimen...
Grow your own - Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis)
Want an edible evergreen screen? Try growing a passionfruit over the shed, along the fence or even over a balcony rail.  And they are super-fast.  Grafted vines put in during spring will flower in a few months, and be bearing...
Summer Fruit
Don’t you just love summer fruit? Succulent figs, juicy passionfruit, fragrant peaches and the sweetness of a sun ripened strawberry… it’s hard to pick a favourite. Growing your own fruit doesn’t mean you need to own an orchard either. Many are...
Repel Pests this Summer
The sounds of summer in the garden include the gentle song of birds, the throbbing hum of cicadas and the buzzing of bees.  Sounds that drive ever body crazy though are the shrill high pitched noise of mosquitoes and the...
New Year’s Garden Projects
January is the perfect planning time for the gardener.  You can lie back in a hammock and start imagining all the ways to improve your place, start doodling and drawing, sketching some brilliant additions like a pond in a pot,...
Investing in Plants Now to Enjoy All Year
Everyone loves bringing home some flowering plants to add colour to their garden or interior but investing in more than just flowers can prove a wise decision post their display.  Think about form, longevity, texture and foliage colour to ensure...
January Gardening Tips
It’s hot and often humid in January, which is great growing weather, so you’ll need to be vigilant keeping weeds in check and vines under control.  Also, watch out for fungal problems and pests as now is the time when...
January Gardening Intro - Live More Summer Holiday
Gardening in the middle of summer can seem like a crazy thing to be doing, with high temps often making days outside impractical.  It’s hot and often humid in January, which is great growing weather, so you’ll need to be...
Summer Garden Hacks
December is the time you need to know how to cut some corners.  So here are the best cheats possible to have you garden looking great – fast. Feeding – use half strength liquid feed twice as often to fast...
Possum Magic
Possums are protected animals in Australia so we all have an obligation to live with them in harmony, no matter what, so Possum Soup is off the menu!  It’s also illegal to relocate them, but its ok to block off...
Countdown to Christmas
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!   This year will be nostalgic Christmas, with old fashioned family gatherings at home the way to go.   November is the best time to start prepping your garden for the summer “bubble”.  Our...
Plant care tips
There are three things plants need to survive: water, air, and light. Most also need some sort of plant growing medium in which to put down their roots, and for indoor plants, that’s normally potting mix. Add feeding to the...
Feed Your Garden
The warm weather of a changing season kick starts all sorts of changes in your plants.  They awake from their reverie with renewed vigour and literally “spring” into action.  Powering that growth takes sustenance, which is why feeding is so...