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.
The pohutukawa is one of New Zealand's most spectacular
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.
Clmibing roses are a worthy addition to any 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.
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.
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
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.
Trees often give structure to gardens, but because we see
them every day, we say ''I'm sure that tree's got bigger''.
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
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