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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?

Click the read more link below to find out.
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Comments | Posted in Garden Tips By Andrea Caldecourt

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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Comments | Posted in Garden Tips By Katrina Geerlings

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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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

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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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

Tips for gardening in clay soil

Friday, 12 August 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning lilly pilly

Planting in clay soil

We're often asked how to manage clay soil and which plants work best, so we've put together a handy guide to improving your soil and a list of plants best suited to clay. Plants struggle to thrive in clay soil due to the density of it's fine particles-roots have to work extra hard to establish themselves.


How to tell if your soil is clay

Wet clay soil is quite sticky and pliable, it takes a long time to dry out. Once dry, the soil is almost rock hard and impossible to get a shovel into, it's slow to absorb moisture. The plus side to clay soil is that it's loaded with nutrients! Choose plants suited to clay soil and watch them thrive.


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Comments | Posted By Katrina Geerlings

Tip pruning explained

Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning syzygium

What is tip pruning?

For many of our hedging plants, especially dense-growing ones like Syzygium (lillypilly) and Viburnum and generally most plants that are used for screening or hedging. We recommend tip pruning while young to encourage dense growth and keep your plants looking their best.


You might be familiar with regular pruning. This involves helping a plant grow healthier by completely removing any dead wood, any sickly or weak stems, any branches that cross over or rub against each other, and any that grow in an unattractive direction.


Tip pruning is another method of helping a plant grow healthier.


Instead of removing a complete branch or twig back to a joint, you just snip out the very tip of each stem, about 5cm or less.

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

Flowering Hedges

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 4:21:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Shrubs for flowering hedges

Flowering now - Camellias

We're loving the beautiful winter display, it's wonderful to see colour about the garden in the midst of winter. This inspired us to share our favourite plants for flowering hedges.


Flowering shrubs are ideal for creating privacy in the garden with the benefit of a bounty of flowers to liven things up! They can be clipped neatly in formal gardens or left to ramble for a rustic feel. Flowering hedges may be clipped neatly in formal gardens or left to ramble for a rustic feel. There's flowering shrubs suited to almost any garden, and climate, sun or shade.

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Comments | Posted By Katrina Geerlings

Celebrate the good guys!

Friday, 27 May 2016 10:29:00 am Australia/Brisbane

The good, the bad and the ugly

Bad bugs eat our plants and ruin crops, leaving our garden a mess and more susceptible to disease.
Good bugs aka Beneficial Insects help to control leaf chewing insects by making a meal out of them.
It's hard to believe the beautiful ladybeetle is actually a seasoned predator!

While the good guys are moving about the garden eating mites, aphids and scale, they're also doing the important job of pollinating our plants.

Too many bad guys in the garden?
Try using a natural product like eco-neem to control leaf chewing insects.  Rather than eradicating all insects on contact, the solution is sprayed on the plant and needs to be eaten buy the pest to have any effect. This leaves the good guys to get on with their work!

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Coastal Plants

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 10:29:00 am Australia/Brisbane

OH! We do like to be beside the seaside

National lifesaving champs The Aussies are being held this week on the Sunshine Coast, a thong’s throw from our nursery.
(We can almost smell the sunscreen from here.) 

Our beautiful beaches are a playground for all of us, whether we’re exercising, building sandcastles with the kids, or just taking a stroll.

Living by the coast is relaxing and energising, but can be hard on our garden plants.

The wind dries out their foliage and stunts their growth. There’s often not much shade.
Salt spray coats the plants’ leaves, preventing them transpiring easily, and seeps into the soil. Soils are often sandy and very free-draining, as well as salty.

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

Choosing your Syzygium

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 10:29:00 am Australia/Brisbane

 Which Lilly Pilly fits your garden?

The native Australian Syzygium – commonly called lilly pilly – is a superb hedging and screening plant in all situations. It has beautiful coloured new growth, in shades from warm cream and peach, through orange, bronze and copper, to bright candy pink.


The roots are non-invasive, which means you can plant it close to buildings without fear of disturbance. It’s a native, so it copes with everything our harsh climate can throw at it. The dense shiny foliage looks beautiful throughout the year, and is evergreen.


The Syzygium is easy-going regarding climate, rainfall and soil type. You can clip your plants to shape – they respond very well to even quite harsh pruning - or you can leave them to grow naturally. For an added bonus, lilly pillys have fluffy cream, white or pink flowers and similarly-coloured berries which are loved by our native birds.


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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

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