Plant Life

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.

Both beautiful and medicinal

Both beautiful and medicinal

Perhaps one of the best-known medicinal herbs used today, Echinacea has become a popular herbal remedy for helping to improve the immune system and fighting off the common cold.

A giant of the garden

A giant of the garden

I've heard it suggested that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and that the next best time is today.

City's climate helps lobelia to thrive

City's climate helps lobelia to thrive

Lobelias are common garden plants grown for their floriferous nature and many flamboyant colours. As with most plants, there are also some species that surprise you and which are often harder to tell what they are.

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