Gardening Articles

Underplanting Roses

Underplanting Roses

Companion Plants and Ground Covers. We are often asked what can be planted beneath or in front of roses, and the plants used fall into two categories, companion plants and ground cover plants, so here are a few ideas. Firstly,…

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How and When To Prune Salvia

Prune Salvia Microphylla

Salvia are best pruned each year to maintain beautiful flowers as well as keeping the plants looking great. Knowing how to prune the different types will keep them flowering, help attract birds, bees and other pollinators to the garden and…

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Tropical Garden Plants

When we think of tropical plants we often think of both magnificent flowers and luxuriant tropical foliage. This large and sometimes colourful foliage is the real key to creating that ‘tropical feeling’ in the home garden, or on an enclosed…

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Ornamental Trees

By definition Ornamental Trees are those that primarily fill a decorative purpose in the garden. It could be great flowers, foliage, bark, autumn colour or a combination. They shine at different times of the year, and this is the secret…

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Native Plants

Native plants of North America North American Native Plants are found in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Native plants are those that have been found to growing before European settlement. Although many common and rare species of native plants are…

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Hedge Heights

Hedge Plants all have different characteristics, heights and landscaping uses vary greatly. Growing a privet hedge plants can provide an evergreen hedge that can provide privacy from both neighbours and the street. Low growing hedge plants can act as borders…

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Ground Cover Plants

When gardeners and landscapers to consider using ground cover plants they need to find plants that satisfy two criteria. Plants that fill the required function of a ground cover plant, but also have the added characteristic of beauty. A plant…

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Drought Resistant Plants

If a lack of water is a problem, them Drought tolerant plants are one answer. We also look at ways to help drought proof your garden. Drought tolerant or drought resistant plants are increasingly popular with landscapers and gardeners alike.…

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Australian Native Plants

Australian Native Plants are increasingly popular in the USA, they are widely grown in dry areas and include many plants that will thrive in desert conditions. However plants of Australia provide a diverse and interesting number of garden worthy plants,…

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Black Roses

Rose Black Beauty

Yes Black Roses are a popular flower, and rose bushes as well as cut rose flowers that are are black are searched for widely on the internet, but do they really exist. We bring you some facts about ‘Black Roses’…

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Pond Weeds

Weeds can take over and ruin a pond if not properly managed. These weeds take up large amounts of nutrients in ponds causing pond death. The earlier you attack the problem the easier it is to control the weeds. Identify…

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Bonsai Plant Care

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Care is an essential and ongoing process. These trees are easy to care for if you understand the basic requirements. With the right tools and a few guidelines even a beginner can grow a great looking Bonsai Plant. We…

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Brugmansia Datura Identification

Brugmansia and Datura – The difference between the two. Two related species, Brugmansia and Datura are often confused, however they are different in a number of ways and are easily identified. Three main differences are in growth habit help with…

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Container Gardening

Growing plants in containers is certainly not new, however with modern living focused on apartments and with gardens in courtyards and on balconies container gardening is really a practical solution to an old problem. Often seen as a solution for…

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Fertilizers

With so many different types of fertilizers available for garden plants, the choice can be a little confusing. Each type is made for particular plant growth needs. Many gardeners use a number of different fertilizers during the year. An all-purpose…

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Tree Pruning

Although many trees do not look like they need to be pruned, you will find that with proper pruning care, these long term garden assets will be protected from damage. Shrubs and hedges benefit from regular trimming to maintain an…

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Pond Ideas

Pond with stepping stones

Garden pond designs can include many features including waterfalls, built in fountains, stepping stones and overhanging plants. And for extra interest fish or ‘Koi’ can also be added to even a small backyard pond. Garden ponds are a great idea…

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How to Deadhead Roses

Deadheading roses is common practice and is easy. The same method applies to Knockout Roses as well as Bush, Climbing and Standard types. Why Deadhead Roses Their are a few reasons to prune back the dead flower heads on roses.…

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Garden Mulch

An essential addition to flower beds and vegetable gardens, mulch saves time, water and you can spend less time weeding. The right mulch will also help improve soil structure and plant growth. So lets’ get mulching. What is the best…

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Deciduous Azaleas

Azalea mollis, knap hill, ghent and Azalea ‘Klondyke’ are all deciduous azalea hybrids. Loved for the attractive showy flowers that appear in spring Deciduous Azaleas or Azalea mollis are perhaps an under used garden plant. In cool to temperate climates…

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Bourbon Roses

Bourbon Rose 'Louise Odier'

Bourbon Roses with their large flowers are naturally occurring hybrid originating from hedges or Reunion Island, formally known as the Isle of Bourbon. Grown for the fragrance as well as the large double and ruffled flowers they range in colour…

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Deer Resistant Plants

Let’s face it, Deer will eat just about any plant if they are hungry enough. They can also be a problem for the gardener, as if they don’t eat it, they will trample on it. However some plants are more…

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How To Divide Bearded Iris

All rhizomatous iris and true bulb types require dividing eventually to ensure strong growth as well as allowing the plants to multiply. Division of bearded iris plants and Siberian iris rhizomes or bulbs is not a difficult task for any…

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Backyard Ponds

A waterfall in your own backyard sounds like a great feature, and with it flowing into a pretty pond we are starting to get a really nice landscaping picture. But can you actually build a pond and a waterfall? Yes…

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