Ornamentals

Love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist

December 16, 2017

Penny Woodward says that despite its delicate looks, love-in-a-mist is surprisingly tough and easy to grow.

Red salvia flowers

Shimmering salvias

July 18, 2017

Penny Woodward says she wouldn't be without these surperb ornamental salvias in her garden.

Red succulent, sedum

Succulent sedums

February 22, 2015

Sometimes we forget about the tough, hard working plants in our gardens, says PENNY WOODWARD

There’s nothing bad about Banksias

March 21, 2012

The Big Bad Banksia Men have terrorised the dreams of Aussie schoolchildren for decades. But JUSTIN RUSSELL wirtes that there's nothing bad about banksias, and in fact, they have an important role to play in organic gardens.

Home turf

July 29, 2010

The British are lounging about outdoors, reports SIMON WEBSTER.

lawns

Lawns - are they goodies or baddies?

April 14, 2010

Gardeners, environmentalists and scientists alike… for years they’ve been debating one of life’s most pressing questions; are lawns good or bad? PHIL DUDMAN is a fan of this Aussie icon, but the latest scientific evidence has him feeling uncertain.

Uplifting annuals

December 22, 2009

With sustainable gardening, the focus is naturally on growing productive, edible plants, but there’s also a role and place for vibrant annual flowers. In spring, their colours give us a not-to-be underestimated emotional lift after the dolorous winter days, while as summer approaches they hum with bees and other insects, creating a rich, almost sensual place.

Bamboo Beauties

December 22, 2009

Beautiful and useful, non-invasive clumping bamboos can be a wonderful asset in the garden. NICK ROMANOWSKI chooses some of the most distinctive for tropical and temperate climates.

Super sunflowers

December 22, 2009

As a child I used various seed mixes for feeding my pet budgerigar, mice and gerbils. Curious to see what sort of plants these blends contained, one Easter holiday I sowed some of each. When the summer school holidays started in my London backyard I had my first crops of chilli, millet, sorghum and sunflowers. Those first sunflowers really caught my eye, just as they did with Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, who recorded seeing them being cropped in 16th century Peru.