Pop on your hat, grab the sunscreen, and disappear into the garden for some summer downtime. There’s plenty in the January issue to inspire you…

Compact flowering gums
Want a gum tree that’s flowering but not towering? There are some beautiful flowering gums available that are suitable for a modest-sized garden, and will provide you with spectacular colour. Read up on heights, soil requirements, frost sensitivity and more.

Eye-catching echinacea
Try out some of the new colours, sizes and forms of this heat-loving, flowering perennial. They look great right through to autumn, and are suitable for cool and temperate zones and even the subtropics. Mix them in with other perennials, or set them against a backdrop of ornamental grasses for the ultimate designer look.

Plants in the lounge room
This issue sees the introduction of regular indoor plant profiles. First up, we look at a great indoor plant for beginners: Monstera deliciosa, also known as the fruit salad plant or Swiss cheese plant (because of the holes in its leaves). It graced many a living room in the 1970s, and is now sought after for its lush, interesting foliage and unfussy attitude.

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Win a Fiskars pruning set
Win a Fiskars pruning set

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