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Camellias in the landscape

Camellias are great for adding cheer to the garden at this time of year.

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Read more about Care for camellias after flowering

Care for camellias after flowering

While camellias are top of mind, give some thought to how you are going to care for them

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African Violets

African violets are almost perfect indoor plants

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Read more about Bulbs

Bulbs

Spring bulbs are some of the easiest flowers to grow. The bulbs come pre-programmed to produce a particular type of flower and, most importantly, come complete with their own stored food supply. This helps them to get through their dormant period and be ready to flower as early as possible in the new season. Bulb performance is very much affected by what happened to the bulb in the previous year.

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Read more about Geraniums

Geraniums

Geraniums bring the brightest of colours to the garden and are among the most generous of plants.

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Read more about Daylilies

Daylilies

Early autumn's often regarded as the best season for gardening in New Zealand.

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Fuchsias- showy but delicate

Here are some tips on growing and caring for Fuchsias

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Flowering Annuals

Flowering Annuals

One of the best ways to get quick colour into your garden is with flowering annuals

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Moth orchids

With just some basic care, they can be found to be one of the easiest orchids for beginners

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Read more about Mandevillas

Mandevillas

Tips on caring for mandevillas.

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Orchids

Orchids

Here are some handy tips for growing wonderful cymbidium orchids

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Hellebores' roses of winter

They're also called Christmas roses, Lenten roses (both names reflecting their northern hemisphere flowering time), or simply nicknamed 'hellebores'.

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Read more about Sasanqua camellias

Sasanqua camellias

The autumn/early winter-flowering sasanqua camellia is also known as the tough camellia

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Read more about Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Happy hanging baskets

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Growing azaleas

Azaleas are hard to beat when it comes to producing a mass of garden colour in winter and spring

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Read more about Growing hydrangeas

Growing hydrangeas

For most of us hydrangea means the large, mop-headed puffs of bloom that brighten up the summer garden

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Read more about Chrysanthemum care

Chrysanthemum care

Their long, nearly-unpronounceable name ends in ‘mum’ and their flowering coincides with Mother’s Day

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Read more about Rhododendron season

Rhododendron season

Want an aristocrat in your garden? Well, grow a rhododendron – it will add a touch of class to any home landscape

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Read more about Lilium season

Lilium season

Many gardeners don’t realise how easy liliums are to grow

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Natives

Natives

Many native plants have interesting flowers and foliage and, once established, need minimal extra care

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Strappy-leafed plants beat the heat

Strappy leaf plants are amazingly versatile in the landscape. Here is information on some popular varieties.

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Sweet peas for New Zealand gardens

March and April are the most common months for sowing sweet peas, but in colder areas, sweet pea seeds can be sown in early spring.

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Growing Hostas and Alstroemerias

Hostas and alstroemerias are garden favourites for this time of year.

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Memories of Mum’s garden

Mother’s Day in May always takes our thoughts back to childhood and the way life was: the food we ate, the holidays we enjoyed, the family outings. The garden, too, holds a special place in our childhood memories and the plants our mothers grew and loved will always stay with us.

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Magnificent magnolias

August is the height of magnolia season. While many of the deciduous varieties start blooming in July, magnolias reach their peak in August.

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Flowers For Summer Colour

Some suggestions for spring blooms to brighten up your garden.

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Gardenias Are Warm Weather Favourites

Gardenias have become firm favourites with New Zealand gardeners. Their evergreen good looks and their refined, white, stunningly perfumed flowers have seen their popularity skyrocket in recent years.

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Purple & Red Add Dashing Colour to the Summer Garden

Once we were almost totally reliant on flowers to give us colour in the garden, but there are now plenty of foliage plants that add contrasting splashes

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Brighten Gloomy Winter Days

Great ideas and advice to brighten your winter garden with some beautifully scented plants.

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