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Garden Ideas

We've been planting the wrong plants and gardens. For too many years we have been planting the bush in suburbia or the picture book English garden in our much hotter and drier Australian climate, leading to poor plant selection and a lack of success in our gardens.

We've also been tempted into buying plants, not for their form and foliage but for their instant appeal in pots, at the local hardware warehouse. Our plant supply has moved from specialist grower gardeners to mass production driven nurseries retailing through chain stores where gregarious colour, shelf appeal and deliverability reign over taste and harmony. Mass production also leads to uniformity over diversity, so everyone's gardens start to look like similar carpets of outrageous colour, peaking in pots and declining in the garden.

To create a truly beautiful garden you can fall in love with, gardeners now need to find great, garden-worthy plants, choose a season for flowering, select a range of heights and textures (rather than dwarfing bulbous flower heads) and learn a little about how to mix 'this goes with that' to ensure a harmonious, successful and creative garden. Below are some garden ideas that will help you select the plants, make the combinations and give you a plan and some gardening tips to help you create a garden you can enjoy.

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Top 10 gardening pitfalls

1. Mixing spring and summer flowering plants.

2. Mixing plants with different watering and soil needs.

3. Buying on impulse and mixing too many colours together.

4. Planting Eucalypts in the home garden.

5. Planting bedding plants.

6. Choosing one dimensional plants.

7. Only planting for flowers, not multi-dimensional plants.

8. Focusing just on the plants, not on the soil.

9. Choosing the wrong plants for your climate.

10. Food without beauty.

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Designing for autumn Colour with simon rickard

Planning for Autumn is a fun and exciting time, nothing makes a statement like the vibrant and enticing hues that come to fruition during the autumn season.

Diggers Magazines

Seasonal garden magazines for members

Gardening with frost

Gardening with frost

Grow your own food

Grow your own food

Growing your own winter vegetables

Winter brings forth a variety of opportunities for the passionate gardener. From garlic, brassicas or even green manure crops, join Julian Blackhirst for all the hot tips on what to do this winter.

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2021 Gardening Diary & calendar Combo
2021 Gardening Diary & calendar Combo
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Popular as an addition to sparkling wine and cocktails, Rosella, also known as Native Hibiscus, are so much more than a novelty decoration – they can also be made into jam, are high in vitamin C and antioxidants and are a useful tall garden shrub suitable for hedging in areas of full sun. Originally introduced to Australia from West Africa, most...
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VERBENA BONARIENSIS 3 PACK
VERBENA BONARIENSIS 3 PACK
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GREEN FRIDAY SPECIAL 3 plants for $9.95. Possibly one of the most valuable of summer flowering plants. This beauty from Brazil threads its stiffly upright stems through other perennials, floating hundreds of amethyst hemispheres of bloom. Ideal for the back of the border where it softens the outline of its garden companions. Potentially invasive...
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