Gillian Vine

Bloomin' beauties

Bloomin' beauties

One of our most popular natives, cabbage trees have bloomed spectacularly this summer. Gillian Vine reports.

Garden gift guide

Garden gift guide

Gifts for gardeners can cost as little, or as much, as you want, says Gillian Vine.

Versatility in spades

Versatility in spades

Native shrubs or small trees suitable for almost every garden, and pittosporums are grown for their foliage, Gillian Vine reports.

Chilled plant gets better with age

Chilled plant gets better with age

Long-lived woodland plants, trilliums have great appeal, says Gillian Vine.

Epitome of a great romance

Epitome of a great romance

Over the years, gardens change. Gillian Vine looks at the challenges of keeping to the spirit of a centuries-old English property.

Growing in a mini-greenhouse

Growing in a mini-greenhouse

Vegetables

Given rich soil, zucchini, marrows and pumpkin are easily grown in the home garden, although in cooler districts pumpkins need a hot, dry summer to do well.

Harbourside haven

Harbourside haven

A Carey's Bay garden is full of history but the current residents have also made it their own, writes Gillian Vine.

Get sowing and planting

Get sowing and planting

Things are heating up in the garden. Gillian Vine looks at what needs to be tackled this month.

Almost too good to be true

Almost too good to be true

Whether you call them alpines or rockery plants, there's plenty to attract gardeners to these tiny varieties, says Gillian Vine. 

A taste of Malaysia and its history

A taste of Malaysia and its history

Cloves, culture and cooking make Peninsular Malaysia a stand-out destination says Gillian Vine.