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.
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.
Chocolate pudding fruit
Who knew that chocolate pudding grew on a tree? Black sapote is one of those soft, hard-to-transport fruit that is not likely to show up at your grocer so you need to plant your own tree! It’s a lush, glossy evergreen suitable for most warm coastal areas – even northern Tasmania.
Weed buster part II
We all have them – unwelcome plants that decide to take up residence in our gardens! Part two of this weed-busting guide helps you sort your onion grass from your onion weed, and work out how to get rid of them all – without using chemicals.
A new year of gardening
What’s happening in your summer garden? Costa and the rest of the TV show presenters share what’s happening in theirs as the clock ticks over to a new year, and they get stuck into some new projects.
What’s in a name?
Why do plant botanic names come in two parts? And why is it in Latin? We can thank an 18th century Swedish botanist for the naming system that we use today – a universal language that tells you which tribe a plant belongs to, and something about its personality.
Also in this issue
- Meet bestselling author Di Morrissey in her prolific subtropical patch
- See what’s cool about a compact barbecue
- Find out which herbs don’t mind a bit of shade
- Visit a seaside garden replete with shady dining nook and a spot for a hammock
- Need a cool-climate green screen? Try New Zealand native Griselinia littoralis
- Join us in Sydney for our Reader Lunch on February 6!
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