Plant's 101

Jump start on spring – what to do now for great results later
Has the wet autumn we’ve had meant you have a backlog of jobs to do in the garden?  Are you running behind the weeding?  Has your garden started to look more like Borneo and beautiful?  If you’re feeling overwhelmed by...
Moss and Mould
One of the most famous gardens in the world – The grounds of the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto known as Ginkakuji, is prized for its AMAZING moss gardens.  They are breathtakingly beautiful in their simplicity and visited by pilgrims of...
Winter Lawn Care
The rain and cold negatively impacts lawns, but you can give them the once over now to make sure they ‘spring back’ as quickly as possible.  TIDY AND TRIM: The first thing to do is get rid of any old...
Winter Citrus Care
Winter is the time citrus trees come into their own.  Not only are their fruits ripening into golden and orange orbs, but being vitamin C rich, they are also the perfect treatment for colds and flues and staving off infections. ...
Salad Greens to Beat the Budget Blues!
Do you dream of being self sufficient in lettuce?  You may never have fantasised about such a notion until this season, when a trip to the shops to bags your salad greens had you gasping with horror at the prices. ...
Native Screens and Hedges
You might LOVE your neighbours but still not want to be looking at them from the back deck.  If you’re trying to create some privacy, you can’t go past a range of Australian native plants that do the job perfectly...
Palms to Lush-up Your Space
Travelling to a tropical island may be off the holiday list now, but why not create your own touch of paradise at home with some gorgeous palms and their alies.  All palms are not created equal though, so come with...
Bulbs–Nature’s Buried Treasures
It’s bulb time.  Gardeners are gearing up to plant them for the annual spring display, and the centres have them looking like lollies in a shop, ready to go into your garden.  What could be more exciting than to plant...
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...
Easter Daisies
Easter daisies are a type of Aster that is a popular cottage garden plant.  Known in the northern hemisphere as MichaelmasDaisy, where the flower in Christmas, they have recently had their botanical name changed and are now Symphyotrichum. Whatever their...
Olives
Who doesn’t love the magic of an olive tree?  Whether you’re growing it for its dense, silvery foliage, its distinctive fruit, or to espalier against a fence, we have the plant for you.  Olives are drought tolerant and salt tolerant...
How to Transplant Trees and Shrubs
Did you change your mind?  Have your plants grown too big or you simply want to change things around? Winter is a great time to transplant many trees and shrubs, especially deciduous plants, which drop their leaves now.  In fact,...
Bougainvillea
The warm months of spring and summer are perfect for showing off bougainvilleas; they just love the heat and bask in the sun, producing more and more blooms.  There are many different varieties, some that will grow 10m or more,...
Looking After Your Indoor Plants
Bringing plants indoors is right on trend, and with good reason.  It helps make your house a home and the plants themselves are not only good design, but they are also good for you.  So how can we look after...
Ribbon plant
Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ Common name: Ribbon plant Ribbon Plant is also known as spider plant, due to the clusters of babies it produces at the ends of thread like growth. The variety commonly grown inside is the variegated one, which has a...
Giant Bird of Paradise
Botanical name: Strelitzia nicolai Common name: Giant Bird of Paradise A great choice for instant height in a room. Its banana-like fronds fan out and upwards, creating an instant oasis in your home. Sometimes used for outdoors, and a great screening plant...
Boston Fern
Botanical name: Nephrolepsis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’ Common name: Boston Fern     Famous for its fabulous fronds and graceful elegance in a hanging basket, Boston ferns can spill down up to a metro, which also makes them perfect for pedestals.      Care...
Birds Nest Fern
Botanical name: Asplenium nidusCommon name: Bird Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern has broad leaf like fronds to 2 metres long in a vase like a cluster. This Australian rainforest plant makes a dramatic indoor specimen particularly in a large tub or can grow...
Succulent Bowls
Succulent bowls are as individual as you are.  No two bowls are ever the same.  Succulents are surging in popularity, and it’s no wonder - they are virtually maintenance free, with very low-water needs and they look good all year...
ZZ Plant
Botanical name: Zamioculcas zamifolia Common name: Zanzibar Gem Care instructions. Light: will cope with darker positions than most  indoor plants, though will also grow outside in the shade. Watering: keep it on the dryer side over winter and never sit in a saucer of water as...
Winter Vegetables
Winter vegetables are a real treat.  There are so many wonderful leaves to grow now, root vegetables to plant and it’s the perfect time for peas and broad beans.  If you’re wanting to add colour to a salad, plant some...