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5 Kinds of Coastal Plants to Grow

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 - 14 kinds explained

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

Hedge Planting

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:29:35 am Australia/Brisbane

Autumn is the best time to plant hedges!

The soil is still warm from summer, so your plants can get established before winter arrives. There's also plenty of
moisture around to feed young roots. If you're thinking of planting a hedge, do it the easy way with our tubestock plants.

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016

Sunday, 28 February 2016 2:59:27 pm Australia/Brisbane

On the road

Australian Plants Online will be exhibiting at Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) for the first time in 2016. We’re really excited to be at the show, and to bring our tubestock plants to show everyone in Victoria. We have already made a lot of friends and customers here, and we hope the show will help us to make many more. Come and see us on stand B20!

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 4:20:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

We’re rocking some hot tropical vibes this Summer, here at Australian Plants Online.
Come and join us!

 

Sizzling ixoras

There’s starry sizzling ixoras, in spicy shades of orange, red, yellow and gold, which will add vibrant colour to your hedges and decks. (If you live somewhere that gets a winter frost, plant them up in a pot so you can bring them inside during a cold snap.)

You can clip an ixora quite close for a neat and tidy evergreen hedge; or leave it to grow in its natural shrub form, a loose dome shape. We love them planted up here with Callistemon Great Balls of Fire – the rich burn orange of the flowers mixing beautifully with the pinky-tan shades of the bottle brush foliage.

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10 Ways to Control Weeds Organically

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Controlling weeds, naturally.....

Spring is well and truly here! We are seeing our plants thrive, unfortunately the weeds are also making the most of the ideal growing conditions. So here goes, the battle of the weeds.Many of us have children and pets to be mindful of and are considerate of our environment and wildlife too! Chemicals are not an option then. We share some tips on controlling weeds naturally.

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Comments | Posted By Katrina Geerlings

Scented Gardens

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Sweet smelling plants always add extra enjoyment to any kind of garden.

Even if you only have space for one tiny pot, on a balcony or window-box, make it a scented plant. The fragrance will travel on the breeze through warm air – so plant them where you can enjoy the natural perfumes while sipping your morning cuppa or evening drink.

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

You Love Lomandras! (And we know why)

Saturday, 3 October 2015 4:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Lomandras are one of our most popular plants with our customers, and it’s simple to see why. They have so many great attributes!

They are an elegant native grass, growing in large rounded open tufts, like a green fountain or firework.
This round symmetrical shape makes them ideal plants for single plantings, for instance as an accent plant in the centre of a bed or the middle of a lawn.

Lomandras also make beautiful edging plants, as they keep their neat fountain shape without the need for trimming or clipping.
Less work for you! They create an impressive impact when used as a mass planting, for very low maintenance gardening.

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Introducing Umbrella fern!

Friday, 4 September 2015 4:18:50 pm Australia/Brisbane

Australian native fern

Its common name arises from its unique arrangement of fronds in a circular pattern perpendicular to the stem. There really is nothing else quite like it.

Umbrella fern has to be one of my favourite plants and it’s very close to my heart…

I have spent more than 5 years researching successful propagation methods for umbrella fern and it is with great pleasure that I share with you my victory in taming this beautiful native for everyone to enjoy.
Umbrella fern is now grown in small plantations in south east Queensland under shade to supply premium cut foliage to the floriculture industry – so next time you’re at the florist look out for it (or request it!) in bouquet arrangements. A miniature bonsai-style umbrella fern whole-plant has recently become available from high-end florists and nurseries.

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Have you heard of National Tree Day?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 8:40:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day. This year Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of planting trees! In 2015, National Tree Day will fall on Sunday July 26th with Schools Tree Day on Friday July 24th although events can be held at any time during the year.

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Comments | Posted By Emily Rigby

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