Bringing in the butterflies

Sophie Thomson describes what she has done at her place to become an ‘official butterfly site’, and provides some great tips for creating food and shelter for butterflies in your own garden.

How to choose potting mix

Angus Stewart explains what is in different potting mixes, and what the Australian Standard logos mean. He also shares five recipes you can make yourself for different types of plants – orchids, succulents, vegies, fruits and African violets.

Mixing natives in a cottage garden

Ramp up the charm of your cottage garden by blending native plants through it – you’ll have birds, bees and butterflies, as well as flowers. Hakeas, bottlebrush, fan flowers, brachyscome and correas are just a few plants that work well, says Deryn Thorpe.

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