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Classic blooms

Classic blooms

A brightly coloured garden will await you in the warmer months with these old-fashioned floral gems old-fashioned dahlias and tuberous begonias are considered the ultimate in garishness by some people. In fact, both can be used effectively in highly contemporary settings. Whatever your style preference, dahlias and begonias should be top of your list to […]
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Subtropical paradise

Who needs a trip to the tropics when you can forget the chill of winter in your own lush, exotic garden? Subtropical gardens are renowned for lush greenery and dramatic textural effects. Summer and autumn bring an abundance of rich, exotic colour including hibiscus, bougainvillea, heliconia, gingers and exquisitely scented frangipani. But with the right […]
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Money can grow on trees

Times may be tight but this should be looked upon as an opportunity to become a creative thinker. Use your garden to help stretch the weekly budget, learn a few new tricks, plus get a breath of fresh air and some exercise at the same time! **Fill the gaps **Taking cuttings (or separating clumpforming plants) […]
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Gone to pot

Gone to pot

Take a “no gumboots required” approach and fill those pots on your decks and pathways Late winter usually brings a soggy experience when working in the garden. Working wet soil is not only unpleasant but damages the soil structure in the process. Instead, turn your energy to container gardening – no gumboots required but plenty […]
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Blooming lovely

Blooming lovely

Cottage gardens provide a festival of colours and shapes with fabulous flowers for picking Isn’t it exciting now the days are lengthening and an end to winter is in sight? Although there’s plenty to do in the garden, it’s often too wet to dig over the ground. It is, however, a good time to stroll […]
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Hot potatoes

Ever since I can remember, my dad has planted spuds in late winter. So this year, I’m giving him a potato-planting pack for Father’s Day. Some dads prefer practical gifts, even things like sacks of fertiliser, and I’m sure most men would appreciate a grunty boy’s toy! **Spuds for Christmas **Seed potatoes planted out now […]
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Right as rain

Planting a rain garden is a great way to help protect or planet Record rainfall in July reminded me of a concept displayed at last year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show. At the time, I thought it was a good idea – now, I’m thinking it’s pure genius! oany local councils are using the concept of […]
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Home grown

Home grown

There’s no better way to celebrate New Zealand gardens than to visit them. So gather your friends and book a wild girls’ weekend away over spring. Select from one of the many garden festivals on around the country or tailor-make your own itinerary from the wonderful selection of New Zealand Gardens Trust gardens nationwide (visit […]
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Red crops are tops

Red crops are tops

Grow red fruit and veges for glowing good health We all know about the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables. The recommended minimum amount is five plus servings a day, as in the 5 + a day health promotion, and the greater the variety of fruit and veges we eat, the greater the health benefits. […]
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Spring diary

The sun is shining, the birds are singing – and there’s lot to be done in the garden! The green, green grass of home… Lawns are often forgotten when we’re fertilising our gardens. But grass is also a growing, living plant that benefits from a good dose of fertiliser during the active growth periods of […]
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