Plant Life

Big benefits to planting in autumn

Big benefits to planting in autumn

We have had some wet weather over the past few weeks, which beach lovers hate but gardeners have been praying for since Christmas.

Constant creativity adds to gardening pleasure

Constant creativity adds to gardening pleasure

If you ask most gardeners if their garden is finished, the answer will often come back as ''No''.

'Sheffield Park' a blaze of autumn colour

'Sheffield Park' a blaze of autumn colour

A casual stroll around the botanic garden at this time of year may inspire you to find room in your garden for some special autumn colour.

New plant's flowering proves prolific

New plant's flowering proves prolific

A fairly new plant in the collection has impressed me with its long flowering period this summer.

Hot, dry summer pays dividends

Hot, dry summer pays dividends

Dunedin's hot and dry summer has been wonderful, and it's great to notice which garden plants are enjoying the conditions.

Plumes put on fine show despite dryness

Plumes put on fine show despite dryness

It may be April, but nodding plumes are still an eye-catching sight in the Rhododendron Dell at the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Showing trees to their best advantage

Showing trees to their best advantage

At Dunedin Botanic Garden the arboretum covers just over 2ha. But what exactly is an arboretum?

Ongaonga worst of five natives with a sting

Ongaonga worst of five natives with a sting

New Zealand's native plants are not all harmless. There are five native stinging nettle species and, unfortunately, they grow in places where people like to go.

Compact rowan comes from Asia

Compact rowan comes from Asia

You may be familiar with the rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, a tree commonly planted intentionally by humans and unintentionally spread by birds.

Heat showcases high performers

Heat showcases high performers

This summer has seen a particularly good flowering display from the roses. The recent mild spring provided us with a fantastic start to our growing season, allowing the roses to put on plenty of lush, healthy growth.

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