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CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR SITUATION

Finding the Right Hedging and Screening Plants

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Australia is a pretty tough climate to establish a hedge or screen. It’s hot, dry and often humid in many places, and our soils can be a real challenge. Traditional box hedges and many weaker exotic plants regularly fail, leaving either burnt plants, or hedges and screens with drop outs. Avoid... READ MORE

Choosing Plants for Clay Soils

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By Kate Wall

Clay soils can be very heavy and hard to dig, with a tendency towards water logging. While heavy clay soils will need significant improvement before most plants will happily grow in them, moderate to light clay soils can be very suitable for ... READ MORE

Soil Improvement

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By Kate Wall

In general work on improving the soil or correcting soil pH should be done before planting takes place. When starting a new garden, understanding your soil will greatly assist you to choose plants well suited to growing in that soil. If you... READ MORE

Choosing Plants for Sandy Soils

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By Kate Wall

Sandy soils can be very free draining and do not hold a lot of moisture or nutrients for plants. Plants which naturally grow in sandy soils will perform best in gardens with similar soils. Very few soils are pure sand, and most plants which... READ MORE

Understanding Your Soil

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By Kate Wall

The type of soil you have will greatly impact on the types of plants which will grow happily in your garden and the degree of care they will need.

Australian soils can be highly variable, from very sandy soils to... READ MORE

Drought Tolerant Plants

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By Kate Wall

One way of reducing the water needs of our gardens is to grow plants which have low water needs. These plants are often described as drought tolerant as they are able to withstand long periods without water. Although these plants are able to cope without a... READ MORE

Caring for a Garden During Drought

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By Kate Wall

Where ever you live in Australia, periods of extended dry weather and even drought are likely to impact on your garden. Water restrictions are likely to remain as long term realities which will limit the amount of supplementary watering you are able to give... READ MORE

Coloured Foliage Plants

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By Kate Wall

Lush green spaces are very relaxing, and yet they come to life so much when a splash of colour is added.  The first thought for colour in a garden is flowers. Flowers are seasonal and come and go throughout the year. For year round colour nothing beats the... READ MORE

Tidy Australian Shrubs

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By Kate Wall

Whilst many of us can proudly say we are fond of the beautiful and iconic Australian native flora, we are still often hesitant to use them in our gardens. Native gardens are perceived to be somewhat untidy, even wild gardens which do not... READ MORE