Plant's 101

The Hot Spot
Gardening indoors in summer has its advantages.  When it’s wet, you’re dry, for starters!  If its too hot outside, indoors is shaded and often you can even have a fan or aircon on.  So what are the best things to...
Potted Plant Parents
Summer is not your typical time to plant a garden.  The heat can be stressful enough without having to acclimatise into new soil and a new place, and any large planting jobs are best delayed till autumn when the sting...
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...
The Indestructibles
This time last year our gardens were being hammered with droughts then flooding rains.  Some of us even had fires to head off.  Looking back on the year and seeing what has survived in gardens is a useful way of...
Holiday Proof Your Garden
Heading away?  You've organised the pets, diverted the mail, organised remote home security even...but what about your garden?  Plan your departure in a garden friendly manner and you might even find your place looking better when you get home than...
Awash with Blue
Roses may be red and violets blue, but that’s not the only thing that’s flowering in the garden.  In fact November and December is awash with blue flowers.  From the sky down to the jacaranda treetops, there are plenty of...
Give a Living Gift
This is a line we feel passionate about here. We say it all the time, and not just at Christmas!  In these times of socially conscious decisions, less is more and save the world, doing our part is the least...
Frangipani
Summer and frangipanis are synonymous in Australia.  The simple 5 petalled flower is a motif popular for promoting all things beachy and poolside, with languid lazy days lounging in the sun.  Their heady fragrance makes them irresistible and they flower...
Top 5 Christmas Decorating Tips
1. Christmas Trees Christmas Trees can be anything you want - and we have everything you want! 2. Poinsettias These statements of the season are now instore and bring instant Christmas cheer to any space. 3. Potted Colour Get instant impact to impress...
Grevilleas
Grevilleas make a huge part of the Australian flora,spread right across the continent; they make upthe third largest genus in Australia.  There are ground cover types, shrubs and trees,which means there is a grevillea for every position at your place! ...
Ferns
Ferns must be one of the most fascinating groups of plants to collect.  While they lack flowers there is such a huge diversity of form and growth habit that you can continue to find new and unusual varieties for a...
Quick Fixes for Christmas including Potted Eden
Relatives coming for Chrissie?  Jump start you garden makeover with our quick fixes for your garden.  We might not be able to tidy the house or cook lunch, but we can advise you on making your garden look great in...
Spring and Summer Rose Care
Roses in summer should bloom for many months, flowering right through to after Easter.  To keep them looking their best, you need to give them some extra love and care, but its well worth the extra flowers they give you...
Wisteria
The arbours of wisteria here at Macquarie Park are just about in peak flower.  Heavy with scent, the racemes hang down through the cherry red beams creating an enchanting tunnel for selfies and a wondrous walk to meander down. Everyone...
Container Gardening
Gardening in pots offers the unique opportunity to really highlight plants habit, structure, texture and colour in a way that the garden bed does not allow.  The marriage between container and contents should brings more worth than their individual value.Function...
Encouraging Bees – Why we all need to Create a Bee ‘n’ B in Our Gardens
Australian native bees and honey bees are both part of a backyard’s rich biodiversity. Something we should be mindful of (especially during September as its Biodiversity Month) is that are over 1700 species native to Australia alone.  In NSW and...
Worm Farming Facts
Compost worms convert kitchen scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich plant food perfect for the garden or potted plants.  So reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, make garden fertiliser. Worm farming is ideal for anyone...
The Power Flower Four
BOUGAINVILLEA / LAVENDER / HYDRANGEA / ROSES Spring slips away so quickly into summer, so get more wow for longer with flowers that continue to bloom into summer.  Roses Known for their long lasting flowering season, roses bloom right through...
Tomato Time
Tomatoes are warm-season plants that grow best from mid-spring to mid-autumn. Some compact (determinate) varieties like ‘Sweet-bite’, ‘Patio Prize’ and ‘Tommy Toe’ will also grow well in pots, others are taller (non determinate) and need staking,  For large robust fruit...