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Water Lillies are great for pots!

Water Lillies are great for pots!

Many people who like growing plants have at least some growing in pots. Very few of these, though, grow water lilies. Perhaps we just don’t think of water lilies as being good pot plants, and think that we have to have a dam or a lake or […]

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Gardening in the Dry

Gardening in the Dry

In dry times, it’s really important to be conscious of how we use water. This should be something we think about all the time, but of course it becomes an even more serious when rain is scarce and water supplies are running low. Frankly, I think a […]

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It’s Hydrangea time!

It’s Hydrangea time!

Late spring is hydrangea time. With their lovely neat mounds of lush green leaves, topped by clusters of little buds that grow plumper by the day, they are a highlight in semi-shaded situations from now through to the end of summer. In full bloom, the large, striking […]

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This clever shrub has 3 colours on a single plant!

This clever shrub has 3 colours on a single plant!

Blue flowers always add a sense of calm and coolness to a garden. While red, yellow and orange accentuate the heat, blues and purples seem to moderate it, especially when complemented with some white. One way to get purple, lavender and white tones in the garden is […]

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Summer Flowering Annuals

Summer Flowering Annuals

It’s time to pull out pansies and violas and other winter flowering annuals and replace them with something that will put on a show through summer. One of my favourite warm season annuals is Vinca. This tough little thing looks very much like a New Guinea Impatiens, […]

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Cheery Gerberas

Cheery Gerberas

Daisy-like flowers always look so cheery; it’s almost impossible not to feel just a little bit happier every time you look at one. The daisy family (Asteraceae) is huge – there are almost 24,000 different species. It includes many garden favourites such as ageratums, asters, chrysanthemums, cosmos, […]

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Salvias; tough, hardy & a great show most of the year!

Salvias; tough, hardy & a great show most of the year!

Salvias are wonderful garden plants. They belong to the mint family, and there are nearly 1000 species, including annuals and perennials and evergreen shrubs. They are drought tolerant, thrive in the heat, grow quickly, and flower profusely for months on end. They often have interesting foliage, which […]

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Unfortunate name, beautiful flower. The Pin Cushion!

Unfortunate name, beautiful flower. The Pin Cushion!

Some beautiful plants have botanical names that don’t sound very appealing at all. Scabiosa columbaria is a case in point. This lovely low-growing perennial derives its name from its use in folk medicine – the leaves were traditionally used to treat scabies and other skin complaints. Scabiosa […]

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Long flowering colour – Calibrachoa’s

Long flowering colour – Calibrachoa’s

Petunias have long been a favourite of the flower grower. With a profusion of bright flowers in a startling range of colours, an ability to tolerate heat and poor soil, and a willingness to flower throughout the year in warm climates, these plants have well and truly […]

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Geraldton Wax – Beautiful Wildflower

Geraldton Wax – Beautiful Wildflower

Australian wildflowers are grown commercially as cut flowers both here at home and in other countries including Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Israel and the USA. They are hugely important internationally, and the best-selling of them all is the Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium spp.). Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium spp.) – Photo Arnelia […]

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