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11 Ways to Encourage Nature in Your Garden - by Doing Less Work

Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:04:29 am Australia/Brisbane

Doing less work in the garden? Sounds like a plan! Best of all, less work means more nature – and when we encourage nature into our gardens, even a little bit, nature rewards us by helping us in the garden. We’ll show you how.Read More
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Brilliant Foliage for every Season

Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane


Nandina border

Looking for a hardy foliage plant for borders? Meet our Nandinas!


Nandina, sometimes called Sacred Bamboo or Heavenly Bamboo, is a beautiful east Asian shrub which suits all kinds of gardens very well.

Plants have beautiful leaf colouration even in shade, and in winter when little else is going on outside. You can add year-round colour and interest to your garden, with little effort.


They’re super-tough in heat and low temperatures, and resistant to deer and rabbits.


Compact and low-growing, Nandinas need no pruning. Unclipped, they produce white flowers and red berries loved by birds. And if you want a more formal look, they clip to a neat hedge or border.


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Now is the perfect time to plant sweet pea seeds

Friday, 24 March 2017 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Sweet Pea Flowers

Now is the perfect time to plant sweet pea seeds.

They’re a big seed, so it’s easy to do – get the kids and grand-kids to join in!

If you soak the seed overnight in cool water, they’ll germinate more readily. Sweet peas have a long taproot so you’ll need to make sure they have lots of room to grow if you’re starting them off in pots rather than directly into the ground.

If you’re growing the climbing varieties, fix up some trellis, wires, or netting for them in advance, ready to scramble over and cling on to. If you don’t have the room for a climbing sweet pea, we have a dwarf version too, that grows low and shrubby.

To read more about our Sweet Pea seed varieties click below

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When, Where, Why, How and What to Fertilise your Plants

Friday, 24 March 2017 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Woman Gardening

First up, why do we need to fertilise our plants

Well, you don’t have to. It’s your garden after all. But your plants will grow so much better if you do. Fertilisers will help your plants develop:


  • More Flowers
  • More Fruit
  • More leaf growth
  • More root growth
  • Bigger size
  • Stringer healthier structure
  • More disease resistance

So you can see why giving Mother Nature a helping hand can be a very good thing.

To read more about fertilisers and how to use them click below

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Time to Plant Bulbs for Spring Colour

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Bulb planting

We’re still sunbaking in the heat of summer, and we need to start thinking about spring? Yes!

A little easy planting now, and we can enjoy a bright fragrant garden from the tail end of winter to the start of next summer.

Bulbs are such rewarding plants to grow - they are child’s play to plant, happy growing in gardens or containers, and can slip into the tiniest spaces to provide a burst of bright colour.

If you have littl’uns, we’ve even got Colchicums, autumn crocus, that will sprout and flower in a dish of water on the kitchen windowsill. You can watch them grow!

We’ve put together a varied range of spring-flowering bulbs for a range of climates, from cold to subtropical.
Some are traditional scented flowers from the Mediterranean, some are more unusual flowers from South Africa.

Here's our top ten tips for successful bulb planting

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Biosecurity - Why We Can't Have All The Plants

Monday, 27 February 2017 10:46:03 am Australia/Brisbane

Some of our customers have been asking about our biosecurity restrictions on the website. And why they can't get certain specific plants shipped to their addresses.

Most of the time, these customers are in VIC or SA, while our nursery is in QLD. Here's a short explanation of why we sometimes can't send you the plants you want, depending on where you live.

Garden plants can pick up diseases and viruses from airborne spores, birds' feet, and other plants. It's easy to do and most of the time it doesn't cause any problems. Your plants might look a bit scruffy, or some leaves are marked or spotted.

Practising good plant health -

  • - feeding and watering plants regularly to keep them fit and thriving,
  • - pruning where necessary to improve airflow,
  • - planting in the optimal situation and soil type for that plant variety,
  • - removing affected parts of the plant

will all help garden plants resist disease.

However, when plant diseases spread to edible, commercial crops such as potatoes, sugar cane and fruit, then it becomes more serious. A disease which makes a garden hedge look less than perfect could wipe out half a field of produce crops. Some diseases and viruses are resistant to, or cannot be treated with, the approved-use chemicals currently available.

Australia has some of the strictest border security in the world. As an island as well as a country we have the advantage of keeping a lot of plants - and plant diseases - away from our shores. Sometimes that means that nurseries such as Australian Plants Online can't import all the kinds of plants and seeds we want to grow.

Individual states set extra rules as to what can be sent over their state borders, as well as the national border import restrictions.

This is an attempt to limit and restrict the potential spread of viruses between plants. Some Australian native plants can be particularly vulnerable to viruses, as the plants evolved in isolation. So the Myrtaceae family;- that's tea tree, eucalypt, bottlebrush, lilly pilly - can't be shipped from our nursery state QLD to SA and VIC. Similar rules apply to azaleas and blueberries.

To read more about this topic, here's an excellent overview by ABC Rural which explains why we have to follow the rules

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Amazing Azaleas

Friday, 7 October 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Flowering Azaleas

Amazing Azaleas!

Tall evergreen hedges. Bright flowering shrubs. Potted colour for decks and balconies.

Azaleas fit into almost every space in your garden. These free-flowering shrubs will lift your spirits and fill your garden with colour. Their evergreen compact shape gives form and structure year-round.

Year-round beauty – in an easy-to-manage size

Many azaleas will grow happily in part-shade. Our Ozbreed Autumn range (also known as Encore™ Azaleas) are specially bred to cope with cold weather, AND fly through a hot dry Aussie summer.

Some azaleas flower twice a year, giving you double the value. And some are so free-flowering, it’s hard to see the leaves for all the blooms!

Which azalea is right for you?

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Waterwise cottage style gardens

Friday, 7 October 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning syzygium

Create a waterwise cottage style garden using flowering natives 

Australian natives are hardy, attract wildlife, have a long flowering season and feature all the characteristics we love in cottage gardens. Contrasting foliage, flowers in soft muted tones and evergreen leaves. They're naturally easy-care and require much less water once established.


Natives for cottage gardens

Traditional cottage gardens are built using layers of colour arranged in varying levels using seasonal flowering plants, contrasting foliage and stones for pathways and texture. Plants used in English cottage gardens need regular water to flourish. Natives are a great water saving alternative and attract wildlife year round.

See our plant selection below to help get you started.  

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How to prune trees and shrubs - and Why

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning syzygium

Why do we need to prune our shrubs and bushes? Why can’t we just leave them to grow wild, as they do in nature?

    Well, plants are often pruned “in nature” –
  • by the action of strong winds, reducing their energy 
  • by animals nibbling at tender young shoots
  • by armies of insects that take away dead and dying wood 
  • and by fungus that feeds on sickly stems 

This all helps change the appearance of plants.

We want our garden plants to work hard and look their very best all year - without the help of huge beetle armies or herds of munching roos. Pruning helps achieve that.

Here’s some of the good reasons why we should prune our garden plants:

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Looking to create depth and contrast in your garden?

Friday, 26 August 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Layered Hedging

Try layered hedging

Many of the most popular plants we grow, year round, are hedging plants.

And we’ve noticed an interesting new hedge trend popping up in gardens lately.


Hedges make a fantastic boundary marker to your property, to show exactly the point to where your land runs. They can divide up areas within your garden, to create ‘rooms’ of different styles or plant types, such as a vegetable patch. Low hedges can outline a driveway or path, to make entrance routes to your home clear and dramatic.


Have you seen this new trend where you live, too? The trend is - layered hedges.


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