The genus Crataegus contains hundreds of species, all from the northern hemisphere, but has developed a bad name due to the invasive European or better-known common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna.
Not many indoor plants originate from temperate climates like ours, but how about giving some New Zealand natives a go in your indoor jungle?
When we think of autumn from a gardener’s point of view we may admire the beautiful autumn foliage of the trees. A gardener’s grim focus, though, can be that it’s time to get out the rake and add leaves to compost.
Plants with common physical attributes are classified into families. Named after one of its members, a plant family generally ends in the Latin suffix "aceae" — meaning "resembling". For example,...
Dunedin's local topography and weather patterns mean we can see plants near the city that normally grow at much higher altitudes. The misty rain that often covers the city’s northern hills creates...
The delicate and harmonious beauty of northeast Asian gardens evolved over thousands of years.
It is possible to grow a 30m tree without creating a large area of shade, if you chose Knightia excelsa. You will also enjoy extraordinary flowers that support native biodiversity.
What do you call a leaf that isn’t really a leaf? What if the apparent leaf is producing flowers and fruit from the middle of it?
Visitors’ eyes are often caught by the blue Himalayan poppy - its gently nodding, sky blue flowers centred by a cluster of golden anthers have an arresting perfection that stands out in any border.
This evergreen tree with its dark glossy foliage can appear to disappear in most landscapes. It is not until you look closer that its attributes abound.
Being in the business of growing greenery doesn’t mean Dunedin Botanic Garden is automatically "green". But we’re getting there, writes Clare Fraser.
There is always something blooming in the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, if you have the time to browse. The most dazzling months are October and November when plants such as Aquilegia,...
Using different coloured flowers in your garden creates different moods and effects.
At Dunedin Botanic Garden, cacti in the winter garden glasshouse arid wing are bursting into life.
Peonies need a cold enough temperature to enable dormancy for about 60 days.Thank you, Dunedin.
The red-winged parrot is a medium-sized bird that is a native of Australia and New Guinea.
One of the most reliable dwarf rhododendrons for copious flowering is Rhododendron pemakoense.
Many of us have a favourite time of year in the garden, be it spring, summer, autumn or even winter. However, it’s hard to underestimate the power of spring.
One of spring’s many joys is the mass golden flowering of kowhai trees around our streets, parks and gardens.
Early blossom lifts the jaded winter heart. Two classic main stars at this time are Prunus and Magnolia.