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Gardening Australia February 2019

Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

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Costa has been known to sneak into backyards before – he told me a thrilling story recently about appearing over the fence at a four-year-old’s ‘Costa birthday party’. Sounds like the tiny plant-lover was dumbfounded when her gardening idol appeared in person, dressed as Garden Gnome. The look on John Le Messurier’s face when we snuck Costa into his back garden to surprise him with the news he’d been voted Gardener of the Year was probably in the same order. Joy, confusion and disbelief went into battle – mirrored several times over on the face of his wife Pam, who saw him coming round the corner before John. We’re delighted to bring you the story of John and a lifetime of gardening on page 31, and congratulate him on taking…

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For a tropical look with colourful leaves and brightly coloured flowers, you can’t go past the Canna Tropicanna series. Tropicanna Black (top left) has purple and black leaves and scarlet orange flowers, while Tropicanna Gold (left) features boldly striped lime-green and gold leaves and yellow-edged, soft orange flowers. The original Tropicanna (above) has vibrant leaves in red, pink, green and gold stripes, and tangerine flowers. Suitable for pots or garden beds in full sun or semi-shade, they grow 1.2m tall in the first year then up to 1.6m, and tolerate light frost. Leaves die down over winter. tesselaar.com The green and white foliage of Liriope ‘Okina’ lights up shady areas and, in spring, is set off by muscari-like lavender-purple flowers. The new leaves are white and eventually turn green but since…

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The Neta Adjustable Oscillating Sprinkler allows you to sit back and relax while doing the watering. Made from UV-stabilised plastic with an aluminium spray arm, its adjustable spray reaches 17–20m wide and 13–15m long, making it ideal for a medium-sized garden. A solid base keeps it in place as the water is distributed evenly. netagarden.com.au Vertical gardens are on trend as many people are downsizing into smaller living spaces. Ideal for creating a vertical garden, Hexagon Trellis supports climbing plants and also holds pot plants, with the addition of special pot holders, sold separately. Made from mild steel with a rust finish (pictured) or powder coated, the trellis is easy to install using the brackets supplied. Choose from two sizes or use one of each, as in the photo. entanglements.com.au Waxworks Citronella…

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MINIBEASTS Alan Henderson Exisle Publishing This book is an insight into the intricate world of invertebrates through the eyes of a macro photographer. From the trap-jaw ant with its powerful mandibles to the peculiar colouring of the candy-cane katydid, it showcases bizarre and beautiful creatures that hide in the smallest corners of the world. Abundant, diverse and fascinating, these critters play a critical role in balancing ecosystems and recycling wastes, and may hold the key to the future of medical science. STYLISH SUCCULENTS: JAPANESE INSPIRED CONTAINER GARDENS FOR SMALL SPACES TOKIIRO Tuttle Publishing The colours, shapes and textures of succulents are fascinating, as is their ability to evolve and adapt to their surroundings. This book combines detailed, visually pleasing photographs, along with practical ideas, tips and step-by-step instructions for simple and beautiful ways to create…

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NEW SOUTH WALES 16 –17 Tomato Festival Sydney 10am–4pm. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. (02) 9231 8111. Free; some ticketed events. Visit by Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, The Diggers Club heirloom tomato taste test, gardening talks, Longest Tomato Lunch with award-winning chef Luca Ciano, stalls, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and competitions for best home-grown tomato, as well as best passata, chilli sauce or chutney. TASMANIA 23 Koonya Garlic Festival 10.30am–4.30pm. Koonya Hall & Grounds, Nubeena Rd, Koonya, Tasman Peninsula. 0457 722 772. $10. Masterclasses with celebritry chefs Rodney Dunn, Sarah Glover and Ajoy Joshi. Talks by renowned native plant breeder Angus Stewart, Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson, growers and producers. Garlic competition. Visit koonyagarlicfestival.com 24 Create a Bird-Friendly Garden 1.30–4pm. Inverawe Native Gardens, 1565 Channel Hwy, Margate. (03) 6267 2020.…

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Salvias or sages are a very addictive group of plants to grow and one on which I am definitely hooked. They have beautiful flowers in a range of colours, from every shade of blue and purple to pinks, red, oranges, white and a few yellows, so there is one to suit any desired colour scheme in your garden. This large plant family of perennials, annuals and soft-wooded shrubs varies greatly from small, neat plants 30cm high to large, spreading plants that grow up to 3m high. They have a long flowering period, attracting birds and bees, and some have fabulous foliage. However, with hundreds of varieties available, not all are suited to the harsh conditions in my garden. With my baking-hot, dry summers and cold, wet or frosty winters, there have…