Dogwoods are amazing plants that span ground covers to suckering shrubs to small trees. They are found throughout the northern hemisphere and grow in a wide range of conditions.
Lichens are fascinating, yet easily overlooked. In Dunedin Botanic Garden you can spot them growing on tree trunks, covering boulders in the Rock Garden and on the fence bordering the herb garden.
The knot garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden is an example of one of the oldest fashions in ornamental horticulture.
Healthy-looking roses, flowering profusely and with plenty of buds coming on are the ideal in a rose at this time of year. They are a testament to its vigour and long flowering season.
One of the first flowers that come to mind when thinking of the tropics is frangipani or Plumeria.
It's looking like a hot, dry summer in Dunedin.
The colour of a plant’s leaf is dictated by the different pigments within its cells.
You've seen a new tree that you love in the garden shops, and when you get home you find the ideal spot for it.
Some of the giant speargrasses around Dunedin Botanic Garden have started to flower.
We don’t often think of plants ripening their fruits in spring; spring seems more about buds bursting, new growth and spring flowers.
Planting a low maintenance, easy care perennial is a good start to spring.
In 1912, John Wilson wrote on early settlement: "About Dunedin was forest, and to get into the country the traveller had to force his way through flax, tutu, fern, scrub, and swamps. The only...
The mulga parrot (Psephotellus varius) has the same name as a well-known tree and is also found in the arid interior of South Australia.
An attractive feature of many rhododendrons is their tendency to produce flowers that initially emerge in a deeper colour shade than that of the fully open bloom.
Mulching is one of the most important things you can do in the garden, saving time as a weed suppressant and holding summer moisture.
Did you know that the largest fuchsia in the world is native to New Zealand?
Only a handful of palms are hardy enough to survive Dunedin winters. The Mediterranean or European fan palm Chamaerops humilis withstands salt winds, poor soil, drought and frost.
At Dunedin Botanic Garden, new roses have been planted during winter. Some are to fill gaps or add to a group where we may have previously removed one or two specimens.
Bananas are a tropical plant everybody can relate to, so unsurprisingly they are a real crowdpleaser at Dunedin Botanic Garden, when displaying a lovely bunch of bananas.
In the midwinter woodland garden there’s nothing like the glow of red rhododendron blooms to cheer the spirit.