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Gardening Australia November 2019

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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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The moment I put the birdbath into position in my gradually developing front garden, it felt like a real garden. I stood back surveying the chocolate-box assortment of plants (chocolate box as to the casual observer, they are randomly placed, all much the same colour, and we might need to check the labelling to remember which is which!)… and I knew that now, I was getting somewhere. I’d also just learnt another design trick. A pot or birdbath or sizable bit of garden art placed among your plantings can really tie the lot together. And a birdbath isn’t just for show. When it’s placed correctly, it actually invites birds! It’s a wonderful sight, and gratifying to know that the garden is becoming a place for birds to stop by for a…

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on the shelf plants

Dianthus has carnation-like blooms that smell like cloves. New to the Scent First range are Dianthus ‘Sugar Plum Coral’, which produces a mass of ruffled coral-pink flowers (above), and D. ‘Sugar Plum Raspberry’, with bright raspberry blooms. Flowers appear in spring above blue-grey foliage. Growing 30–40cm high by 40cm wide, they suit pots, balcony gardens, borders and mass planting. pma.com.au Many native plants suit home gardens because of their heat tolerance and low water needs, including these two new fairy fan-flowers (Scaevola spp.), Surdiva Fashion Pink (inset) and Surdiva Deep Violet Blue (main). They have a compact, mounding, semi-trailing growth habit, and flower from spring to autumn, attracting birds and beneficial insects. Growing 15–25cm high by 45–60cm wide, they are ideal for containers and the front of borders. oasishorticulture.com.au Another addition to the Scent…

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on the shelf books

THE LAND GARDENERS: CUT FLOWERS Bridget Elworthy & Henrietta Courtauld Thames & Hudson The authors – former lawyers who changed direction to study garden design and horticulture – joined forces to run The Land Gardeners, who specialise in designing productive gardens, especially walled ones. At one time, Wardington Manor, home of one of the authors in Oxfordshire, UK, provided flowers for London society, but its cutting gardens had been inactive for more than 30 years. The authors revived them and now supply blooms to florists and private homes. This book, filled with exquisite photographs interspersed with advice and information, tells their inspirational story, including beliefs on growing organically and the importance of soil health, which is central to their work. THE EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK & GROWING GUIDE Paul West Plum/Pan Macmillan Australia Popular presenter of…

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on the shelf products

Smaller garden tools are easily misplaced when working in the garden. Keep them close at hand by wearing a Garden Tool Belt, from Cut Above Tools. Made of durable and washable polyester with a colourful banksia pattern, it features two sets of large pockets that can be shifted along an adjustable strap and moved out of the way when you kneel down. The belt clips at the waistline, and the large pockets accommodate everything from your secateurs to a mobile phone. cutabovetools. com.au The new Hozelock Auto Reel has many new features, including an ergonomic carry handle for comfortable lifting, soft-touch connectors that are easy to grip, storage for fittings and hose ends, and a locking function for added security. The reel can be readily detached from the wall bracket and…

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what’s on in october

VICTORIA 19 TH Oct–5TH Nov Gardivalia Festival of Gardens 10am–4pm. Various locations, West Gippsland. 0403 449 179. Free to $10. Visit inspiring gardens set in the natural beauty of West Gippsland. There are also many garden-related and community events to enjoy. gardivalia.com.au 1 ST –2ND Welshpool and District Horticultural Society 59th Spring Show Fri 1.30pm–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. Welshpool Memorial Hall, South Gippsland Hwy, Welshpool. 0481 385 122. $3. Theme of the show is The Language of Flowers. Roses, cut flowers, vegetables, pot plants, photography and floral art on display. Plants for sale. Country-style refreshments available. 2 ND Birds in the Australian Garden 10am–11am. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens, cnr Ballarto Rd & Botanic Dr, Cranbourne. (03) 5990 2200. Free. Bookings essential. Enjoy a walk through the botanic garden and identify some of the birds that…

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tutti frutti

Frangipanis are much loved plants, but not everyone has the space to grow a full-sized tree. If you don’t have much room, frangipanis can be pruned to moderate their shape and size, but there are also compact varieties, which are perfect for a pot on a hot, sunny balcony or beside the swimming pool. The compact varieties, many of which are evergreen, open up these exotic plants in a rainbow of colours to all warm-climate gardeners, regardless of garden size. The colour breakthroughs have been achieved by breeding colours into wild evergreen frangipani species, to create spectacular garden plants. Thanks to new grafting techniques, there’s no need to choose just one variety – some grafted plants feature two or more colours on one rootstock. Specialist growers have a diverse range of hybrid…