Plant Life

Elderberry attractive,delicious

Elderberry attractive,delicious

Type ''elderberry'' into an internet search engine and you'll get anything from how to eradicate a nasty weed to wonderful recipes and health remedies.

Northerner a symbol of Christmas

Northerner a symbol of Christmas

The pohutukawa is one of New Zealand's most spectacular flowering trees.

Perfectly adapted to climate

Perfectly adapted to climate

With a huge swollen trunk that often looks oversized compared to the foliage carried over the summer months, Cyphostemma Juttae is certainly one weird and wacky looking plant.

Climbing roses add a further dimension

Climbing roses add a further dimension

Clmibing roses are a worthy addition to any garden.

Primulas well-suited to NZ woodland garden

Primulas well-suited to NZ woodland garden

Although all kinds of herbaceous plants make effective companion plants for rhododendrons, my favourites are those that come from the same regions of the world that the rhododendrons come from.

Spring bells -'Enkianthus' maybe plant for you

Spring bells -'Enkianthus' maybe plant for you

If you're looking for a different plant for a woodland garden, or a plant to complement your rhododendrons or camellias, then Enkianthus might be the plant for you.

Our English elms are rare survivors

Our English elms are rare survivors

Occasionally a visitor from overseas reminds me how lucky we are to have mature English elms in Dunedin Botanic Garden. There's an impressive specimen just south of the modern roses.

Scent of spring in the air

Scent of spring in the air

The spring display is building rapidly now with new blooms appearing weekly. It is not only a time of fresh colour, but of delicious scents and one of the more enticing plant fragrances comes from Osmanthus delavayi.

Get the measure of trees

Get the measure of trees

Trees often give structure to gardens, but because we see them every day, we say ''I'm sure that tree's got bigger''.

Spice bush provides aromas

Spice bush provides aromas

Individually, the flowers of the blunt-lobed spice bush are not a lot to look at. However, gather them en masse on bare branches in late winter under a dull sky, and the effect is stunning.

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