For many of our hedging plants, especially dense-growing 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. Tip pruning is a method of helping a plant grow healthier. It helps plants grow bushier and fuller and improves the shape. Here's how to do it
Why do we need to prune our plants? Why can't we just leave them to grow wild, as they do in nature? Well, plants are often pruned in nature, by strong winds, reducing their energy; animals nibbling at young shoots; insects taking away dead wood. This all helps change their appearance. We want our garden plants to work hard and look their very best all year - and pruning helps achieve that. Here's how to do it
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, fruit, leaves and roots; they'll get bigger and stronger, and be more resistant to pests and disease. So you can see why giving Mother Nature a helping hand can be a very good thing. Find out about fertilisers and how to use them here
We're often asked how to manage clay soil, and which plants work best in it, 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, although if they do thrive, they find it's often high in nutrients. Here's our tips for how to make the most of clay soil.
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 - cheaper, and much less digging! Here's how
We love seeing our plants thrive, unfortunately the weeds also make the most of 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. Here's our tips on controlling weeds naturally and organically.
Some of our customers ask about our biosecurity restrictions on the website. And why they can't get certain specific plants shipped to their addresses. Often customers are in VIC or SA. Here's a short explanation of why we sometimes can't send you the plants you want, depending on where you live. (And why it's not us setting the rules!)
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.
Nandina, sometimes called Sacred Bamboo or Heavenly Bamboo, is a beautiful shrub native to Japan. They suit Oriental-style gardens very well. Nandinas also work in flowery cottage gardens, woodland areas, as green topiary hedges, and in modern outdoor spaces too. No wonder Nandinas are consistently one of our most popular plants! Find the best one for you