Our beautiful beaches are a playground for all of us, whether we're swimming and surfing, building sandcastles with the bubs, or taking a stroll. Living by the coast is relaxing and energising, but can be hard on our garden plants, with drying winds, little shade, and salt spray. Find out which plants cope with these conditions best.
Some of the more common garden plants that are toxic for dogs, and safe alternatives to plant in your garden. Remember that just as you can't feed your dog chocolate, there are plants that are perfectly safe and tasty for us that could make your pup sick. Check with your vet if you are unsure.
Some of the more common garden plants that are toxic for cats, and safe alternatives to plant in your garden. Remember that there are plants that are perfectly safe and tasty for us that could make your kitty sick. Check with your vet if you are unsure.
There's a reason why lavender is so loved by gardeners! It enjoys our hot climate (unless you're in the Top End), smells gorgeous, blooms in tough situations, and lures in those beneficial pollinators. Find the best lavender for your garden here.
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. Plant them where you can enjoy the natural perfume while sipping your morning cuppa or evening drink.
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