Plant Life

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'.

'Cyclamen coum' adds splash of colour

'Cyclamen coum' adds splash of colour

Splashes of pink and white are littering the rock garden beds as late frosts continue to glisten.

Delivering a dramatic demonstration

Delivering a dramatic demonstration

The simple pansy is at the top of my list for winter-flowering annuals. It is easy care and even better, is always flowering.

Winter's here, can spring be far behind?

Winter's here, can spring be far behind?

Occasional glorious sunny days and temperatures that sometimes reach the early 20s can trick us into thinking winter is over.

Early rhodos a midwinter pick-me-up

Early rhodos a midwinter pick-me-up

Bursts of colour in the midwinter garden are always a welcome boost to morale while spring still seems some way off.

Starting a garden - the planning stage

Starting a garden - the planning stage

One of the most enjoyable parts of gardening is going out and buying new plants.

Something to share with the birds

Something to share with the birds

Winter is well under way but what a cheering sight it is to see the birds still flitting from tree to tree.

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