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3 must-have perfumes for winter

3 must-have perfumes for winter

Confined to home base this winter, I am enjoying wandering aroma-therapeutically! When it comes to perfume I am spoilt for choice in winter, and I can’t resist picking a few fragrant stems to take back inside with me. They add a lovely note to the smells of baking puddings, and slow-cooking stews!

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3 Ways to Jazz up your Front Garden

3 Ways to Jazz up your Front Garden

‘There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again’ wrote the American poet Margaret Elizabeth Sangster more than a century ago. Here are some great ideas for that perfect welcome home.

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5 Best Garden Shows in the World

5 Best Garden Shows in the World

For jaw-dropping garden style and sheer floral beauty you can’t beat a walk around one of the world’s best garden shows. This is our pick of the top five, in no particular order.

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5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

Ever wanted to grow your own veggies but never knew where to start? Here are five steps to consider when starting a patch from scratch.

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7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

Once a decade the horticultural industry of Holland celebrates with a grand expo called Floriade. Each massive event is held in a different place and in 2012 it was carved out of a forest near Venlo, close to the Dutch border with Germany. Ideas? Well it had a few!

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Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Need to know where to find the best rose gardens in Australia? We've done the hard yards for you, and here they are.

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Best bulbs for...

Best bulbs for...

Follow our guide on what to plant.

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Camellia reticulata favourites

Camellia reticulata favourites

Our favourite Camellia reticulata 

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Edible Weeds

Edible Weeds

The annoying habit of weeds to grow fast (and often better than the vegetables they smother!) is good news for foragers. Follow these rules for weed eating: check and double check the identification; pick new leaves; pick leaves before flowering; pick only from areas that haven't been sprayed; and wash everything before using. These are our top 5 weeds.

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Flowers for hot, dry gardens

Flowers for hot, dry gardens

Inspired by the cool good looks of Lambley’s hot, dry gardens, here are our pick of the best drought-tolerant perennials for uncompromisingly tough climates.

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Fragrant Camellias

Fragrant Camellias

Camellias are the shining stars of the sleepy winter garden. We love them for their evergreen foliage, stunning flowers and lack of pest and disease problems. Why not love them for their fragrance too? Here are a few fragrant favourites.


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Garden blogs we love

Garden blogs we love

I love to snuggle up with a book, but I’m also enjoying some great garden reading online. Have a look at these:

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Garden Ideas from Appletern Garden Festival, Holland

Garden Ideas from Appletern Garden Festival, Holland

Visiting Appletern is like having your favourite garden magazine come to life. Around every corner of this vast garden showcase in Holland is a new page offering great ideas for your own garden: design, plants, planting combinations, paving options, sculpture, furniture and more.

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Plants: Indesuctribles

Our best tough-performers.

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Roses for Winter

Some climbers flower best during late winter and early spring. They dislike the heat almost as much as I do, so they go dormant in summer. That’s when I prune them - heavily as they are vigorous.

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South Africa's best plants

South Africa's best plants

Australian gardeners have long relied on hardy and beautiful plants from our Gondwana partner, South Africa. Graham Ross explains his passion for some of the best plants South Africa has to offer.

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The best fuschias

A quick look at some of our favourite fuschias.

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The Blues

The Blues

Sandra Ross sings the praises of the blues, and finds inspiration from fine gardens around the world for using azure, cornflower, powder, navy, violet, lavender and mauve in our planting palettes.

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The List: Our 5 best Australian Plants

The List: Our 5 best Australian Plants

Angus Stewart picks his top 5 new releases from the world of Australian plants. Here they are...

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The List: Our 5 best native shrubs

The List: Our 5 best native shrubs

Native shrubs fill the beds with dazzling colour and often have the added bonus of brilling in the birds and the bees. Here are 5 of our favourites.

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The List: Our 5 favourite perennials

The List: Our 5 favourite perennials

A pick of Myles Baldwins' 5 best perennials 

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The List: Our 5 favourite purple vegetables

Here are the 5 must-have purple veg this winter. Why purple? The colour is caused by a pigment called anthocyanin which is responsible for the colour of blueberries, purple and red grapes and red cabbage. It’s an antioxidant that appears to have a number of health benefits but also tastes yum!

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The List: Our top 10 autumn trees

The List: Our top 10 autumn trees

Autumn is the time to head down to the local nursery and chose your autumn foliage tree before it loses its leaves. You could also go down to the park and check out some of the autumn foliage there, then note the ones you like. Here are our favourite autumn foliage trees.

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The List: Our top 6 bush blues

The List: Our top 6 bush blues

Nola Parry's best blues

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The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

Nola Parry's best pinks

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The List: Our top 6 bush yellows

The List: Our top 6 bush yellows

Nola Parry's best yellows

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The List: Our top 7 favourite hotels

The List: Our top 7 favourite hotels

A great holiday isn’t just about where you go and what you see, it’s also defined by where you stay. So when we plan a tour we don’t just look for the most exciting gardens, we also search out great hotels.

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The List: Top 5 Edible Flowers

The List: Top 5 Edible Flowers

You might not have space for a vegetable plot, but foraging in the garden can still yield treats for dinner. Linda Ross picks a few delicious surprises.

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Trace Elements

Gardeners are often advised to add nutrients and trace elements to the soil before planting, especially before planting edible plants. Why? Linda has the answers.

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