This potted garden special brings you flower pots, indoor pots, crafty pots and edible pots, plus your usual array of interesting plants, seasonal jobs and step-by-steps.
Help for your house plants
Are your indoor plants looking the worse for wear? Explore some of the most common problems, and an expert’s advice on how to get sick plants back on track.
All hail (ornamental) kale!
The spectacular two-toned leaves of this cabbage relative grow in an open rosette shape, in eye-catching colour combinations of white and green, yellow and green, and pinky-purple and green. Planted en masse in the garden or grouped in pots, they add long-lasting colour and texture.
The charm of flowering quince
If your garden is short on colour during winter and early spring, consider planting a Japanese flowering quince. Frost-hardy and rich in nectar, providing a welcome supplement for birds when food is scarce, it can be grown in most parts of Australia, except the tropics.
Fruit trees in pots
You don’t need a full-size orchard to enjoy the fruits of your labours. Many trees, including citrus, stone fruit, pome fruit, olives and figs, can be cultivated successfully in containers. And for really small spaces, you can choose a dwarf variety, specially bred for this purpose. Learn all about pot choice and position, ongoing maintenance and re-potting.
A garden fit for a family
See how an overgrown suburban block has been transformed into a vibrant space that meets the needs of a family of six. There are herbs, fruit, flowers, trees, bonsai and chooks – as well as room for four kids to free range, and heaps of blooms to use in floral arrangements.
Native pincushion hakeas have everything going for them – gorgeous spherical flowers, wavy blue-green foliage and decorative seedpods that hang on the plants for months. If you’re short of space, there are dwarf cultivars, perfect for container planting.
In the patch
Winter is a busy time in the fruit and vegie garden. Plant radicchio, harvest oranges, pot up some parsley, and follow the step-by-step guide to dividing rhubarb.
Also in this issue
- Jackie French shares ways to put autumn leaves to work in the garden
- Visit the Rio de Janeiro gardens of a brilliant landscape architect
- Grow plants with ‘bite’ – wasabi, horseradish and mustard greens
- Turn an old car tyre into a planter with our step-by-step guide
- PLUS More than 50 jobs to do in the garden this month
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