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Gardening Australia August 2020

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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2 min
welcome

Food pride. Do you know it? That feeling of satisfaction as you pull the carrots from the soil and yes, they’re ready. Or gleaming leaves of silverbeet, which you know are free of bitterness, because you’ve picked them young and fresh. Spuds dug up from the underground, and beans picked in that ‘I spy’ way – oh, and here’s another one hiding among the greenery… These treasures you transport to the kitchen and lay on the sink to wash and chop. You know what’s gone into them, you know what you’re getting and, most of all, you know the flavour trumps anything bought at the shops. This month, we bring you a food-growing special to help you get more from your patch. Keen growers Sophie Thomson and Josh Byrne contribute stories,…

1 min
plants

Create a sensory garden with three fragrant lavenders in the Lavandula Fairy Wings collection. Flowering from late winter into summer, ‘Radiance’ (inset left) features bright pink flowers, ‘Whimsical’ (centre) blooms with unusual white to blush-pink flowers, and ‘Spellbound’ (right) produces purple blooms. Growing to about 70cm high by the same width, these drought-tolerant plants do best in full sun, and are suitable for a low hedge or containers. pga.com.au The Senetti range of pericallis has two beautiful new varieties (pictured right). The flowers on ‘Magic Salmon’ (left) have a salmon-pink centre radiating out to purple petals, while ‘Magic Blue’ (right) produces blue and white bicolour blooms. These bushes, which are covered in large, daisy-like flowers from late winter through spring, grow up to 30cm high by 65cm wide and are perfect…

1 min
books

STEP-BY-STEP VEG PATCH HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD IN AUSTRALIA Lucy Chamberlain DK Australia This easy-to-use guide is a great resource for beginners wanting to know the basics of growing food, as well as a handy quick reference for more seasoned gardeners. It is packed with information and illustrations on how to grow more than 275 varieties of vegetables, fruit and herbs, and is especially relevant for Australian climates. Photographic instructions and clearly presented text offer advice on starting, nurturing, harvesting and pruning. This revised version includes yearly planners for vegetable and fruit crops, and information about how to prepare and plan your planting space, whether you have a vegetable patch, raised beds, a larger growing area or just a few indoor pots. COASTAL PLANTS A GUIDE TO THE IDENTIFICATION AND RESTORATION…

4 min
having a ball

When I was younger, I ran a gardening business in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and, without fail, every day involved clipping hedges, spirals, balls and other shapes. The enduring popularity of topiary work is easy to understand when it looks so good, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding skill to master. So, let’s bump your gardening talents up a notch and look at how to create your own clipped balls. Topiary balls are often associated with formal gardens, where they add an air of restrained elegance. The geometric shapes and sharp, clean surfaces are the perfect fit for a garden that is all about control and symmetry. Position them in garden beds, as part of hedging, or as sentinels either side of a path or doorway. Topiary balls don’t need to be restricted…

1 min
top plants for balling

Box (Buxus spp.) The champion of all topiary plants is the humble box plant. Japanese box (B. microphylla var. japonica), with its glossy green foliage, is the common choice for most parts of the country. English box (B. sempervirens) has a darker leaf and is slower growing. Both can be relied on to produce a dense covering of foliage. Dwarf honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) A fantastic plant for shaping, especially if you want small balls. Very small leaves. Murraya ‘Min-a-Min’ A dwarf form of the well-known hedging plant. Grows fairly quickly and is great for small to medium balls. Regular murrayas grow even faster and should only be used for large balls. Native balls If you would like to use an Aussie plant, take a look at westringias, correas or one of the many…

2 min
darling daffs

When I was a kid, I invested my birthday money in bulbs. I’d pore over mail-order ads in Mum’s gardening magazines, then send off an order. Included in my first order were yellow hoop-petticoat daffodils – selected on the basis of the name! The hoop-petticoat daffodil (Narcissus bulbocodium) gets its common name from the shape of its flower. The trumpet is bell-shaped, like a voluminous crinoline skirt, with small, narrow, flared petals. Each flower has prominent stamens. The bulbs form leafy clumps about 15cm high, but only a few centimetres across, with almost tubular leaves. Each bulb produces plenty of flower stems once it has settled, and bulbs multiply to form a clump. As well as the common yellow-flowered hoop petticoat, there are other species with hoop-petticoat flowers. N. cantabricus is an autumn-…