Plant Life

A charm all of its own

A charm all of its own

Now the swathes of main season rhododendron colour have largely fallen away, a small, much more modest species has a chance to attract some attention. 

English breakfast from Australia

English breakfast from Australia

If only we had a fried bread plant, then along with Eutaxia myrtifolia, the ''egg and bacon'' plant, we could have a full breakfast.

Time ripe to spring into action

Time ripe to spring into action

Spring is an ideal time for planting, with plenty of warm weather and soil moisture to help your plants settle into their new homes.

Interesting characters

Interesting characters

My grandmother, on church flower duty, once displayed the most beautiful vase of gorse in full bloom, much to the horror of her very staid mother.

Foliage can be a feature

Foliage can be a feature

Most perennials are grown for their flowers.

Love at second sight

Love at second sight

For me, as a gardener from far away, the otherness of the New Zealand native flora is thrilling.

Perfectly in tune with colder winters

Perfectly in tune with colder winters

The earliest of the graceful herbaceous peonies have emerged from the ground with a vigour which is truly amazing.

Dainty anemone brightens up the woodland

Dainty anemone brightens up the woodland

Fresh new growth and colour are appearing from every corner at the moment. At ground level, the feathery leaves of woodland anemone are appearing across large swaths of ground.

Clay soil no reason for garden despair

Clay soil no reason for garden despair

When you move to a new property, as a gardener, one thing that is often on your mind is, ''What is the soil like?''.

Options for the cultivar-curious

Options for the cultivar-curious

When you visit your local nursery to choose plants for your garden, you will notice that many of the plants on offer have interesting names with speech marks, such as Astelia nervosa 'Silver Spider', Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Little Squirt', and Metrosideros diffusa 'Crystal Showers'.

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