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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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Winter flowering Natives!

Winter flowering Natives!

Lots of our native plants flower in winter. Grevilleas and Callistemons are probably the mostly well-known and widely grown native flowering shrubs, but there are plenty of others that are well worth growing. One of my favourites is the Australian rice flower, Ozothamnus dismofolius, which is native […]

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Cosmos ‘Choca Mocha’ – Chocolate in the garden!

Cosmos ‘Choca Mocha’ – Chocolate in the garden!

Chocolate is the most popular sweet in the world the average Australian eats somewhere between 5 and 6 kilograms of the stuff every year. Most of us love chocolate, and so imagine how exciting it would be to have a chocolate scented flower in your garden.   […]

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It’s Tomato Time!

It’s Tomato Time!

It’s hard to beat home-grown tomatoes, and now’s the time to plant them. There are hundreds of different varieties, so you can try a few different types and see which ones work best for you. Cherry tomatoes are really easy to grow, and are a great favorite […]

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A Delicious Bunch

A Delicious Bunch

A few weeks ago, I came across a reference in a magazine to what looked like an intriguing book about edible flowers. I explored it further on the website, but then got distracted and didn’t take it any further. Then last week, Linda Brennan, the author, just […]

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Everyone loves Geraniums

Everyone loves Geraniums

Spring is here, and garden centers everywhere are a riot of color. You’d have to have a heart of stone to be able to resist the brilliance of the plant kingdom! Geranium ‘Big Red’, released a few years ago now, has proven itself to be a great […]

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Spice it up!

Spice it up!

Chillies are a fun crop to grow. They are very decorative and don’t take up a lot of space, so it’s easy to grow a selection of different varieties in a season. Chillies originated in South America, and have spread throughout the world in the last 500 […]

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School Holiday Fun in the Garden

School Holiday Fun in the Garden

Gardening is one of life’s simple pleasures, and gardening with children is particularly special. Their natural enthusiasm and curiosity are infectious. And every little garden excursion will yield new wonders, as you closely observe the incredible complexity and beauty of the natural world. Give the kids their […]

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Tips for helping your garden survive the dry spell

Tips for helping your garden survive the dry spell

We’re now entering our driest time of the year, coming out of a warmer-than-average winter. So it’s time to take some measures to improve water retention in our gardens. There are a few simple things we can do to ensure that our plants get the maximum benefit […]

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