Gardening Articles

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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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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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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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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DIY Water Fountain

If you are looking for a feature for your backyard, why not choose a fountain. A DIY fountain project is achievable and can be fairly cheap as well. We look at some ideas as well as show you how to…

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Butterfly Attracting Plants

In the garden the Butterfly is a fascinating visitor, children love them, they are signs of a healthy environment and they are just very pretty. We present some ideas on how to attract butterflies and to the home garden. Nectar…

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Poinsettia Care

The Christmas plant, or Poinsettia is easy care when you first buy them, it’s after that become a little tricky. If it’s late November or into December it’s time to start looking for Poinsettia, what might just be the one…

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Drought Tolerant Trees

Drought Tolerant Trees are much in favour, not only do Drought Tolerant Trees have a greater survival rate during dry periods, but Drought Tolerant Trees also use much less water and are cost effective as well as hardy. All trees…

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How to Grow Carnations

Red and White Carnation Flower

Carnations are a garden favourite and are relatively easy to grow from cuttings. They are an excellent plant for growing in pots as well as being at home in the garden. Difficult to grow indoors, however they do thrive outside.…

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Cherry Blossom Trees

Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees especially weeping cherry blossom trees are among the most popular flowering trees in the world. The flowering season is from mid spring, these beautiful trees can reach 25ft in height, although many are grafted. Excellent in…

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Easy Care Plants

We consider that the ‘Best Landscaping Plants’ are in the long term going to be ones that are easy to maintain in the climate and environment of choice. Indoor plants that do not require regular watering or special humidity are…

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Chia Plants

(Salvia hispanica and Salvia columbariae are the two main species of Salvia that are referred to as ‘Chia’.Chia plants (Salvia hispanica) is grown mainly for its seeds although the stems were also used to make baskets. Chia is regarded as…

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Feng Shui Garden Ideas.

The principles and ideas behind the Feng Shui design style for gardens relate not only to the use of plants. It includes the art of applying basic Feng shui design and placement principles to gardens and materials. Feng Shui means…

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Clumping Bamboo

Clumping Bamboo or Non-invasive bamboo. Some species of bamboo produce a lot of underground runners and can become invasive. When planting bamboo it is best to look for non-invasive species suited to your climate and soil type. When asking suppliers…

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Fragrant Orchids

Fragrant orchid - Aerangis luteo alba

Fragrant Orchids are very popular and with so many species of orchids showing fragrance we list the best orchids for fragrance, as well a few of our favourites. If we listen to the Chinese, then the Cymbidium would be the…

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Cool Climate Bananas

Cool Climate Bananas or Cold Hardy Bananas are grown for their foliage. Banana species and banana relatives that will handle the cooler temperatures are generally not suitable for fruit production. However some will fruit with a little care. Frost will…

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