Summer's end

Summer's end

As the summer begins its decent towards the end of the season, the garden seems to amplify its demands.
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Battling against bugs

Battling against bugs

Summer's warm humid conditions are great for plants but also for their foes, both diseases and pests in all their forms.
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Tomato recipes

Tomato recipes

Here's some tasty ways to enjoy this season's tomato crop - bruchetta, insalata caprese & and healthly homemade ketchup.
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Simple steps you can take to make gardening safer - image credit shutterstock.com/JariHindstroem

Legionnaires' Disease

Gardening is an enjoyable and healthy pastime. However each year a few gardeners contract legionnaires' disease. There are simple steps you can take to lessen the risk ...
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Be a sun smart gardener

Be a sun smart gardener

Gardening is a healthy pursuit in so many ways, but it is also an outdoor pursuit. Sue Linn relates how she deals with her love of gardening and being safe in the sun
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High flyers in the dry

High flyers in the dry

With water conservation on our minds in the post-Christmas months, it's nice to know there are some stunning plants that will stand up to drier, hotter weather conditions and still look sensational.
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Shade Stars

Shade Stars

The shadier parts of a garden can be challenging. But they also present an opportunity to create something of subtle beauty and sophistication - a cool revitalising space to retreat to on hot summer days.
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Greenlife Matters

We know plants and green spaces are good for us. But did you know plants can provide health & wellbeing, economic, social and sustainable environmental solutions?
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Summer inspiration


Coastal colour

Coastal colour

Coastal gardening is not without its challenges. The soil can be less than ideal. And worse, there's that punishing salt laden wind
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Adding value

Adding value

Sarah Thornton investigates the the hidden fortune in our backyards
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Summer's hottest climbers

Summer's hottest climbers

Any empty fence, wall or pergola is the gardener's equivalent of a blank canvas. Even when the available vertical space is taken, there's always a way to make more
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The modern romantics

The modern romantics

Grandma's garden is back in vogue. Or is it? At first glance, today's top performing perennials may look like the romantic 'cottage garden' flowers of yesteryear, but looks can be deceiving
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Acacia Limelight

Acacia Limelight

A tactile feature plant that people want to “pat”. Many gardeners name their Acacia Limelight as you would a pet. It’s delicious delicate weeping lime green foliage is second to none. Acacia Limelight requires little maintenance, and is particularly showy when grown in containers as a specimen.

 

Cordyline Electric Pink

Cordyline Electric Pink

The vivid pink vertical leaves of Electric Pink makes an extraordinary statement when planted against green or yellow dominant backgrounds. The strong coloured foliage combined with statuesque appearance provide serious visual drama.

 

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Summer garden design solutions

Summer’s a great time of year to work on some garden design solutions… like how to make your garden beds look a whole lot better. Here’s a little of what works and why.
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Geranium Rozanne

Geranium Rozanne

An absolute cracker of a perennial. Elected by the Royal Institute of Horticulture as the Plant of the Century. Why? It is simply better than and other geranium, leaving an unforgettable splash of blue. Outperforming any other geranium - as a colourful ground cover that’s strongly disease resistant, flowering considerably longer than others, requiring little maintenance, loving full sun … and with the added bonus that rabbits don’t like eating it!

 

Alternanthera Little Ruby

Alternanthera Little Ruby

Attention please! These dark burgundy leaves with glowing ruby undersides really grab attention - both as a garden border or in patio planters. This heat lover grabs the limelight. Protect from frosts.