August in the garden 2022!

Hello Hello, dear gardening friends! August is here and we start yet another exciting month in the garden. We are still getting a few frosty mornings in Victoria, but the days are getting noticeably longer. This is the last month of cold Winter days, and soon we will be in jumping into the most exciting season: Spring! But before Spring gets here, there is a lot to do in the garden, to get it ready for this magical time of the year! Right now native plants, Azaleas, and Camellias are reaching the end of their flowering season. Acacias and Hardenbergias are putting on dramatic displays and deciduous trees such as cherries and magnolias have swelling buds that are getting ready to burst open revealing their great unique beauty and delightful fragrance.

Despite the cold, we know how eager you are to get into the garden, but where to start? Here are some things to do in the garden:

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With our list of things to do, winter will fly by and you’ll be ready to hop into spring!

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Now is the time to plant your Bare rooted plants!

It’s that time of year again! Bare-root is BACK and we have loads of Bare Rooted Roses ready to go in-store. In winter, plants go dormant and dormant plants transplant much easier and stress-free than when they’re in leaf.

Bare Root Roses!

Now is the best time of the year to purchase your standard roses as we have hundreds of beautiful quality roses in stock. Whether you want 20 of the same colour or perhaps a fantastic mix of different colour roses depending on the garden colour scheme of your choice, you can get all of them in-store here in Campbellfield! We have the classic iceberg t and many colour varieties in 2ft and 3ft standards.

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Bare Rooted Trees! 

We have a nice selection of bare-rooted ornamental and fruit trees in-store and new ones coming in every week!

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Ornamental Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are the first signs of colour in the late winter early spring. The soft, delicate blossoms burst open along the bare branches in colours of white and pink, welcoming the warmer weather of spring! The mass of colour Cherry and Plum blossoms bring make them one of the most coveted garden items, used as feature trees, lining avenues and driveways or as street trees. Their blossoms fall away gently in the spring breezes like natures confetti, making way for the broad, green summer foliage.

Click here to see our Ornamental Blossom Factsheet and various varieties!

Native Hedges

We find natives are a love ‘em or leave ‘em, hit and miss or sorely misunderstood plant species with many Victorians. But the following list of native hedging plants will make anyone rethink their idea about natives!
Not only do many natives grow extremely well in the varied conditions around Victoria, but they have a certain charm and character, which can be emphasised with a bit of tender loving care. Like most hedging plants, give them a light prune, shape them according to your needs and you will find you will have one of the most unique and hardy hedges on the block!

Click here to see our Top 10 Native Hedges!


Evergreen Magnolias

Very often we tend to think of winter as being a very dull time of the year for the garden. We have put together a little selection of plants that will flower in winter or just add a splash of colour thanks to their vibrant foliage!

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Winter Flowers

Winter gardens are not so dull with these beauties, that bloom when the rest of the garden has little to offer!

 

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The Edible Garden

 

Planting Veggies in Melbourne’s Winter is very rewarding!

As we are moving towards the end of winter, it is time to harvest the brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts over the month, to make space for spring and summer veggies. Here is what you can sow or plant seedlings now:

Leafy greens such as Lettuce, rocket, leek, spring onions. Asian greens such as mizuna, tatsoi, pak choi, etc.

Root crops such as radish, beetroot, turnips, swedes, parsnips, carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic. All of those would take 2-3 months before harvest, except for radish which is ready in just 30 days, while potatoes take between 90 and 170 days.

Fruiting veggies – You can also start sowing capsicums, chillies, eggplants and tomatoes for an early start of the spring and summer veggies!

Check out our available range of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Some great companion plants for all these are herbs like sage, winter thyme, parsley, mint, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, marjoram. They deter pests such as caterpillars, aphids, mites, etc.

Blueberries

Blueberries have become renowned for making delicious pies and muffins, and they are a good source of Vitamin A and C. Blueberries are high in iron and low in calories, and are a good energy source. It is always best to plant a few different varieties next to each other to increase pollination and fruits, but also to extend the harvest season! We have lots of different varieties in store.

Edible Flowers

Flowers such as Nasturtiums, Calendula and Borage are great for the winter patch! They add colour, diversity, repel pests and most importantly are tasty and pretty additions to salads!

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Garden Tasks!

Pruning

This is a big one! Winter is when all major pruning is done because you can see the full structure of the plant and remove any problem branches. Fruit trees, deciduous trees and roses in particular benefit from a good prune. Fruit trees bear fruit more prolifically and look healthy after a good prune.

Click here to read more about Pruning Trees, Hedges, Box, Screens & Topiary  

 

Protect your plants from Frost!

How to tackle frost

  • Cover your frost-sensitive plants with sheets, newspaper or straw, making sure to remove them the following day.
  • Lightly water your plants before sunrise by a sprinkler system (or by hand if you’re really keen!) This can prevent frost from forming. You can lightly water frost affected plants, which gently thaws the ice, reducing the damage from the frost.
  • Use plastic sleeves and stakes to protect plants in open areas

Click here to read our article about protecting your plants from frost!

Weed Control

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Weeds don’t have a seasonal preference, they’ll turn up any time! But our one saving grace is they turn up less often in winter and the established ones that need to come out are easier to see. The soil is moist, which makes it easier to pull out these little suckers. For the tougher weeds like clumps of Crowsfoot and Crabgrass, Dandelions or Oxalis you made need a tool to get the whole root out. The importance of getting the whole root out is so it doesn’t re-sprout. We don’t want to have to weed again! You can use a hoe or even a butter knife.

Drainage

Keep an eye out for drainage problems in the garden. After heavy rains, you can easily spot places in the garden that accumulate water and form little pools. These spots are ideal for plants that do not mind waterlogged soil. You can also use gypsum or clay breaking liquid to break up the clay soil and amend it with lots of compost and organic matter, which will improve the drainage.

Transplanting and moving

With the nice cool weather, it is an ideal time to move or transplant plants as the plants have time over winter to grow new roots and be ready for spring. You can repot plants that have outgrown their pots and are getting root-bound. Remove the plant and trim some of the roots at the bottom, shake off some old soil and add some fresh ones at the bottom of the pot to give your plant a fresh start. They will love it!

Pests

There are always pests and diseases lurking around, but we do not see them a whole lot in Winter. Thankfully the cold gets rid of a lot of pests and gives us a nearly pest-free garden until the temperature starts to rise.

Citrus gall wasps emerge in Spring, often timing emergence with the onset of a flush of new growth. You should inspect your citrus trees and shave off of any galls you see. Pruning the galls off, will only cause new tender growth in the plant, which will be more prone to attacks by the gall wasps. Some extra protection can be given with some wasp traps.

 

Fungal Disease

Leaf curl is mainly a disease of peaches and nectarines, though it may also affect almonds and apricots. It’s caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans and occurs wherever peaches and nectarines are grown. Some symptoms are leaves that are entirely or partially curled, distorted, and are initially pale green in colour before turning red or purple. This will result in fruit that has raised, irregular rough patches, usually red in colour. Such fruit often falls prematurely. You can treat this with commercially available copper or lime-based fungicide sprays just during bud swelling, but before they have opened. Once opened it is too late to spray as the leaves will get damaged. Spray Now to avoid Spring disease

 

Soil, Fertilising, and Mulching

•If you have poor soil in your vegetable beds, with a couple of small Winter crops still growing, you could start harvesting them gradually and emptying the beds to prepare them for Spring vegetables. Throw in generous amounts of rich compost, manure and blood and bone meal and turn it over to mix it thoroughly. Let it settle for a week or two and it will be perfect for your tomatoes, eggplants, and capsicums during Spring and Summer. It is also a good idea to test the PH of the soil and amend it as necessary. Remember that the PH will change with the new additions so test it at various intervals. The aim is to get a neutral Ph of 6-7, which vegetables thrive in. Sulphur (liquid or pellets) and pine mulch make your soil acidic whereas lime and mushroom compost increases alkalinity.

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•If you have planted green manure/cover crops over winter, now is a good time to chop them down and turn them over in the soil. It will have time to break down and improve your soil before it is time to plant spring and summer crops.

• Over the winter the microbial activity in your soil is very low because of the cold. In the next couple of weeks, you can prepare some nice compost tea to give it a microbial boost for spring.

• Put some rich compost or well-aged manure around your fruit trees, to give them the well-needed boost for the Summer fruiting season.

• It is best to give some liquid feed to Winter/Spring flowering annuals every two weeks with a complete liquid fertilizer.

• You can put some fresh mulch around your plants to keep weeds at bay. If you are putting mulch for the first time, make sure to choose the right ones as they change the PH of the soil when they break down.

That is all for this August 2022 in the Garden tips and tricks article, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Wishing you all the best, keep yourself warm this winter! Hello Hello Plants.

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Top 10 Australian Native Hedges

We find natives are a love ‘em or leave ‘em, hit and miss or sorely misunderstood plant species with many Victorians. But the following list of native hedging plants will make anyone rethink their idea about natives!
Not only do many natives grow extremely well in the varied conditions around Victoria, but they have a certain charm and character, which can be emphasised with a bit of tender loving care. Like most hedging plants, give them a light prune, shape them according to your needs and you will find you will have one of the most unique and hardy hedges on the block!

Top 10 Australian Native Hedges

  1. Syzygium ‘Lilly Pilly’
  2. Callistemon ‘Bottlebrush’
  3. Grevillea
  4. Westringia
  5. Correa
  6. Adenanthos ‘Woolly Bush’
  7. Agonis ‘Willow Myrtle’
  8. Dodonaea ‘Hop Bush’
  9. Leptospermum ‘Tea Tree’
  10. Rhagodia ‘Salt Bush’

Some more options are: 

  • Acacia
  • Prostanthera ‘Mint Bush’
  • Philotheca ‘Wax Flower’

 

Syzygium ‘Lilly Pilly’

Single-handedly the most popular Australian native hedging plant, and most people don’t even realise it’s a native! Stunning glossy green leaves, tender red new growth and certain varieties produce beautiful flowers and edible berries (Yup! A hedge that provides a great source of fruit!) They come in many shapes and sizes as well including dwarf hedging lilly pilly, columnar lilly pilly, narrow lilly pilly that requires very little pruning and, of course, your big, dense, neighbours-be-gone varieties!

 

Callistemon ‘Bottlebrush’

A tough but elegant feature tree that doubles as a hedge or screen! The Callistemon can block out any neighbour in almost any condition. They tolerate heat, drought, frost and coastal conditions as well as clay or sandy soils! Plus Callistemon comes in a variety of floral colours such as white, red, pink, yellow and purple. They truly are a gorgeous native.

 

 

Grevillea

Much like the Callistemon, the Grevillea are another tough contender to the Australian climate. Heat, frost, sandy and clay soils are no issue for Grevillea. And their colourful native flowers are not only loved by many a neighbour but also by the local bird life. Grevilleas come in groundcover forms as well as up to 3m tall, bushy shrubs, making ideal hedges and screens.

 

Westringia

Commonly seen in a lot of housing estates, and for a very good reason! Westringia is one of the best choices for a native box hedging plant. Westringia produces star-shaped flowers in purple, pink or white and when trimmed create a dense, compact habit. They are very easily shaped into square hedging, some have been tried very successfully as topiary!

 

Correa

The next best contender for native box hedging is Correa. Just like Westringia, it is commonly used in many housing estates, not only for its gorgeous and versatile appearance but also due to its hardy nature. Correa tolerates poor soils, heat, part shade and frost. They, too, come in a variety of sizes and styles, including elongated green leaves such as that on the Correa reflexa or rounded, grey-green leaves like that of Corra alba.

 

 

Adenanthos ‘Woolly Bush’

If you’re after super soft, fluffy, dense foliage, look no further! This shrub is like hugging a giant teddy bear plant! It is ridiculously soft, staff and customers can’t help but touch them when they walk past them in the nursery. And they make wonderful hedges! Adenanthos produce little red flowers and tolerate sandy soils, light frosts and full sun.

 


Agonis ‘Willow Myrtle’

Tall, elegant hedging is what comes to mind when Agonis is mentioned. These elegant plants have slightly weeping foliage that comes in greens, maroons and purples. When grown as a large, blockout hedge, they make quite the impact! Tolerating drought, heat, frost and coastal conditions make it a very popular large native hedging plant.

 

Dodonaea ‘Hop Bush’

Another much like the Agonis but more robust and upright. Dodonaea comes in a variety of colours and sizes and are able to make narrow, low-maintenance hedging right up to large, colourful feature hedges. They, too, tolerate most soil conditions, drought and frost.

 

 

Leptospermum ‘Tea Tree’

A native pollinator and bee favourite, Leptospermum ‘Tea Tree’ are popular in every native garden. ‘Tea Tree’ comes in small, low hedging sizes right up to tall, neighbour-screening hedges and there are many colours to choose from in both foliage and flower!

 


Rhagodia ‘Salt Bush’

A medium to low hedging plant with stand-out foliage! ‘Salt Bush’ are a silver foliage native that respond really well to shaping and pruning. Many councils have taken on Westringia, Correa and Salt Bush as their go to hedging and topiary shrubs in public spaces. In fact many a round-a-bout across Melbourne can be seen adorned with these three plants, trimmed and shaped as if they were your regular English Box shrub! And Salt Bush is as hardy as they come, tolerating all soil types, coastal conditions, frost, drought and heat.

 

 

Honourable Mentions

 

Acacia

We can’t pass up on mentioning Acacia’s in this list. There are a few varieties that make soft, green hedges and screens. Acacia fimbriata is a gorgeous, tall hedging native that produces the classic yellow pompom flower of the Acacia family. Acacia ‘Limelight’ is a much shorter, hybrid Acacia that is ideal for borders and edging, with soft, delicate, slender green foliage and almost inconspicuous flowers.

 

Prostanthera ‘Mint Bush’

Often overlooked but suddenly makes an appearance in spring to summer when it puts on a spectacular show of purple flowers, covering the entire plant! Often they will be spotted along the roadside in the Wombat State Forest causing drivers to slow down and ponder ‘What is that plant?’ Little do they know it also makes a wonderful hedging and large topiary shrub. If you want a purple hedge, look no further!

 

Philotheca ‘Wax Flower’

Used for box or medium hedging, or the occasional large topiary feature, Philotheca produces a dense, green habit when trimmed and maintained regularly. Plus, they have a delicate aroma when trimmed. Philotheca ‘Wax Flower’ produce small white flowers and tolerate a wide range of conditions including drought, poor soils and frost.

 

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Top 10 Frost Resistant Hedge & Box Plants

Living in regional Victoria can have some drawbacks in the garden that those in the city may take for granted. Our regional gardens are more susceptible to extreme conditions such as heat, wind, hungry native animals and, in particular, the cold and ice.

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Frost on a fence in Trentham

To protect your garden from the icy cold of winter, and the frosts of late autumn and early spring, it is wise to create a barrier or hedge. And this hedge has got to be a toughie to block these kinds of temperatures!

Australian Natives are obviously the most suited plant to endure frosts and the Australian climate, having spent centuries acclimatising to this sometimes cruel environment. In fact, we could fill this entire hedging list with natives alone! Instead, here is the list of Top 10 Australian Native Hedges, all of which are frost resistant and perfect for hedging. You’ll find Callistemons, Grevilleas and Westringia just to name a few!

For alternatives to our wonderful natives, here is our list of super tough, built-to-last hedges that can endure the cold.

Top 10 Frost Resistant Hedge

  1. Escallonia iveyii
  2. Photinia robusta
  3. Prunus lausitanica ‘Portuguese laurel’
  4. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’
  5. Ligustrum undulatum ‘Box leaf Privet’
  6. Laurus nobilis ‘Bay Tree’
  7. Buxus sempervirens English Box
  8. Hebe
  9. Pittosporum ‘Silver Sheen’ and ‘Tobira’
  10. Cupressocyparis ‘Castlewellan Gold’ and ‘Leighton Green’

 

Escallonia iveyii

A glossy-green, robust hedging plant with clusters of white flowers that bloom in the summer. Escallonia iveyi are used as medium hedging, formally pruned or in its natural, unkempt form. Known to endure low temperatures, frosts and even light snow! It is suited to Cottage, Formal or Hampton-style gardens.

 

Photinia robusta

This colourful hedge can be spotted from miles away, with vibrant red new growth. This sturdy plant can be trimmed as a medium or tall hedge, looking quite striking when trimmed into a formal hedge. Photinia produces small, white clusters of flowers in the spring. Suited to Formal or Cottage gardens. There are a few varieties of Photinia, all of which are suited to frost and cold tolerant hedging.

 

Prunus lausitanica ‘Portuguese laurel’

Truly elegant and formal as a hedge, the Portuguese Laurel is a stunning, dark green foliage plant with long, white flowers that bloom in summer. It can be kept as a medium or tall hedge and can also be pleached. Portuguese Laurel does require regular pruning to maintain its shape. It can tolerate a wide variety of environmental conditions, heat, poor soils and light snow included.

 

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’

Much like its cousin, Portuguese Laurel, Cherry Laurel is another hardy plant suited to big and medium hedging. Its large, glossy green leaves create dense hedges that block sound, wind and cold. Cherry Laurel also produces white clusters of flowers in the spring that, unlike the Portuguese Laurel, protrude upward in a candelabra-like fashion. Tolerates poor soils, wind, heat, frost and light snow. Best suited to Formal, Cottage, Modern, Lush & Leafy and Woodland garden types.

 

Ligustrum undulatum ‘Box leaf Privet’

Commonly known as a box hedging plant, this versatile little beauty can also be grown and trimmed into medium and large hedges. It is best kept neatly hedged as it can look quite untidy when left to its own devices. It is a very hardy plant, enduring extreme heat, clay soils and frost. Unlike many other hedging plants, Box Leaf Privet does not produce flowers so it is a wonderful addition to the Low Maintenance garden or Poolside.

 

Laurus nobilis ‘Bay Tree’

Bay Leaf is not only suited to the culinary garden. Laurus nobilis is a very popular Formal garden addition, often utilised as gorgeous potted standards, topiaries and pleached or full, formal hedges. It is a slow to medium growing plant so it doesn’t take much to maintain and once established, produces little inconspicuous yellow flowers. A great addition to the frost-tolerant garden.

 

Buxus sempervirens English Box

A classic box hedging plant that can also be used as a medium hedge, English Box is a tough plant. Known to tolerate snow and ice, this slow grower suits almost any garden style from Cottage, Formal to Modern or Woodland. As it’s slow-growing it requires very little maintenance to keep it looking neat and it doesn’t produce any flowers, great for poolside or pathways.

 

Boxwood plants resistant to frost

Hebe

If you’re after that box hedge look but with more colour, look no further. There are many varieties of Hebe available, all of which are frost and cold tolerant. With flower colours ranging from white to pink, purple and almost blue, there are lots to choose from! They are best suited for box or medium hedging and can be formally trimmed or left unkempt. Suitable for Formal, Modern, Pots & Containers, Woodland or Cottage garden types.

 

 

Pittosporum ‘Silver Sheen’ and ‘Miss Muffet’

Fast-growing hedging is what Pittosporums are known for and all Pittosporums are cold and frost tolerant. For maximum performance, plant in well-drained, rich soil and you’ll have your hedge in no time! The ‘Silver Sheen’ and other similar varieties have small, rippled leaves but don’t let their size fool you. They can create a very dense and neatly trimmed hedge. But if you’re after a broader leaf variety, the ‘Miss Muffet’ Tobira Pittosporum has a deeper green, a long leaf that can tolerate even snow! Commonly found in Modern or Cottage gardens.

 

Cupressocyparis ‘Castlewellan Gold’ and ‘Leighton Green’

The most popular rural or acreage hedging plant are these big, lush conifers. If left to their own devices they can grow many metres tall and wide but kept neatly trimmed and maintained, they become one of the most stunning, shapely and formal-looking frost tolerant hedges. ‘Leighton Green’ and ‘Castlewellan Gold’ Conifers are best suited for tall hedging and not ideal for the small suburban or unit garden. They produce no flowers and are so dense they block sound and wind too! As mentioned they are found in Acreage style gardens as well as Formal, Hampton or Mediterranean garden types.

 

 

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Top 10 Low Light Indoor Plants

It can be hard to add some greenery to dull, dark rooms in the house but there is hope! Here we have a list of the Top 10 Low Light Indoor Plants that will brighten up your indoor spaces!

Top 10 Low Light Indoor Plants

  1. Sansevieria trifasciata
  2. Aspidistra elatior
  3. Epipremnum ‘Devil’s Ivy’
  4. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant’
  5. Bromeliad
  6. Peperomia obtusifolia
  7. Platycerium ‘Staghorn Fern’
  8. Beaucarnea recurvata ‘Ponytail Palm’
  9. Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘ZZ Plant’
  10. Calathea

 

Sansevieria trifasciata

Nicknamed ‘Mother-in-Law Tongue’ or ‘Snake Plant’, this hardy often sun loving plant can tolerate very low to no light situations. They’re often found in malls and offices for this very reason! Stunning feature plants, kept on desks or as office plant dividers. Some varieties are grown tall and used as a potted floor plant. In low light conditions they will only need watering every 2-4 weeks maximum as they can suffer from over-watering.

 

Aspidistra elatior

A stunning foliage plant, Aspidistra, or ‘Cast Iron Plant’ is exactly as its nickname declares. It is a tough indoor or shaded outdoor plant, tolerating a range of conditions. It can be found in two varieties – variegated or solid, lush green. It will require regular watering in high heating or air-conditioned environments so it keeps its lush appearance, though it can also tolerate spells of dryness.

 

Epipremnum ‘Devil’s Ivy’

One of the most popular indoor plants and with good reason. Devil’s Ivy can grow in most indoor conditions, growing thick, bushy vines in lots of light or long, beautiful twining vines in lower light. To promote more growth at the base of the plant, trim the tips of the vines. Epipremnum can be kept in hanging baskets, used in green walls or trained up totem poles or even your wall! Some enthusiasts twine the vine around their curtain rods or shelves.

 

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant’

This is a handy little desk or big pot filler. ‘Spider Plants’ or ‘Spider Grass’ are very easy to maintain, enduring low light conditions just as well as part sun positions. They don’t grow overly tall so they won’t get out of control. Their flower spikes gradually turn into ‘pups’ or smaller versions of itself, which can either be potted on and gifted, or trimmed off. If left on the plant it can turn it into a gorgeous hanging feature or in a green wall. Quite a versatile plant!

 

Bromeliad

Often associated with tropical gardens and climates, Bromeliads are surprisingly tough. Outdoors they can endure light frosts and cold temperatures. Indoor they thrive in warm, low light conditions providing the moisture level inside doesn’t get too dry. They will thank you for a light misting spray every now and then from either a humidifier or a spray bottle.

Peperomia obtusifolia

A cute little succulent-like indoor plant is the ‘Baby Rubber Plant’. Gorgeous in little pots as a table centerpiece or on your bookshelf. This little plant can survive in low light but does not like being over-watered, so make sure you monitor the soil moisture levels.

 

 

PlatyceriumStaghorn Fern’

This fern is ideal for bathrooms as it enjoys a humid room and can be grown in pots, hangers or more traditionally on a wall hanging! These gorgeous ferns are slow and steady, enjoying low light conditions. However, like most ferns they do not tolerate dryness well so keep them out of dry rooms with heaters blowing.

 

Beaucarnea recurvata ‘Ponytail Palm’

Ponytail palms are one of the toughest palms, being grown indoors and out. They create a sculptural, bulging trunk which makes for a stunning feature. They also don’t require a lot of water and will suffer from being grown in boggy wet soils.

 

 

Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘ZZ Plant’

‘ZZ Plant’ or ‘Zanzibar Gem’ are another mall and office frequenter, being incredibly hard to kill in these situations. In fact, most reports of ZZ Plants dying are purely from too much love!
They are best suited for desk or bureau pots or mass planted as room dividers in an office. They only require watering every 2-4 months, tolerating air-conditioning and dry air.

 

 

Calathea

These beautiful foliage plants are happy to spend their time in low to no light conditions. Their gorgeous, round leaves turn upwards at night and back down during the day, giving it its nickname ‘Living Plant’. They will require watering every week, though check the soil before watering as they will not appreciate soggy soils.

 

 

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Top 10 Plants for Winter Garden Colour!

When we think about winter, we think about the cold, rainy days and dull landscapes. Many people prefer to retreat to the warm and cozy indoors since many trees are bare, there are very few flowers blooming, and the garden has lost its usual appeal. If that is the case for your garden, this list is perfect for you! There are so many plants to pop in the garden to make it look great year-round and entice you back into the gaden, even on the gloomiest of winter days. These are colorful, winter hardy, and easy to grow!

Top 10 Plants for Winter Garden Colour!

  1. Coprosma
  2. Cordylines
  3. Nandina
  4. Loropetalum
  5. Stachys Lambs Ears
  6. Carex
  7. Flax
  8. Agonis
  9. Alternanthera
  10. Cerastium Snow in Summer

Some additional choices:

  • Goldfussia
  • Helichrysum Licorice Plants
  • Melaleuca ‘Revolution Gold’
  • Lophomyrtus ‘Black Stallion’
  • Pieris ‘Temple Bells’
  • Eremophila Emu Bush

 

 Coprosma 

Coprosmas are truly outstanding evergreen plants that bear vibrant, coloured shiny foliage. The leaf color is at its most intense in spring and late autumn but is still stunning at other times of the year. Grows to a height of 1 meter. Who doesn’t want gorgeous color all year round? We do!

Cordyline 

There are several varieties of colorful Cordylines to pick from for the garden. Here are 2 of our favorites!

This fantastic ‘Electric Pink’ Cordyline makes a brilliant statement in anyone’s garden or pot. With its hot pink striped leaves, it is easily considered one of the best Cordylines yet! The Electric Pink Cordyline is a compact, low-maintenance plant. It can withstand the heat just as well as the frost without losing that brilliant pink colour. Hardy and low maintenance while still having color? We’ll take some!

‘Torbay Dazzler’ Cordyline is recognizable by its green & yellow striped leaves with pink middle variegation on new growth that adds a splash of colour. Hardy and tolerant of most soil conditions, the ‘Torbay Dazzler’ prefers well-drained soil in part sun to full sun positions. It is slow-growing, but once established it can tolerate extended dry periods and grows to a height of 1.5-2m. This plant is a great way to add some height and colour to your garden, certainly one of our favorites!

Nandina 

Nandina domestica ‘Nana’ or ‘Dwarf Nandina’ is a tough evergreen shrub that doesn’t mind a wide range of climates!  Hot and dry or cold and frosty, this little legend is very adaptable. In cold climates, the foliage turns a deep red and in spring the new growth flushes with bright green. Enjoys being in full sun and grows about 60x60cm. Lovely bright colour all year long and super low maintenance? Sign us up!

‘Moon Bay’ is a variety of Dwarf Nandina, which has lime to emerald green leaves that turn red in winter. ‘Moon Bay’ Nandina likes both full sunlight and partial shade. This variety is tolerant of drought and heavy shade and grows 80x80cm. A beautiful and easy way to add some gradients of warm reds and greens into your garden!. This is definitely one of our top favorites!

Loropetalum

Loropetalums are evergreen, low growing and spreading shrubs with unusual and ornamental reddish-purple foliage, providing year round interest in the garden landscape. They produce fluorescent purple flowers with tendril-like petals in the spring and summer. This standout foliage and flower combo makes it a must have feature hedge or topiary plant. Passion for purple? Yes please!

Stachys ‘Lambs Ears’

‘Lamb’s Ear’ is a flowering perennial plant with soft, furry foliage resembling, you guessed it, a lamb’s ear! For most of the year, it’s low growing but its flower stalks can reach roughly 1 meter. Hardy and low maintenance, it is ideal for rockeries, borders and pots. We love the soft velvet texture this plant gives off and we are sure you’ll love it just as much!

 

 

Carex

Sedge Grass is the grass of many colours! The soft, mounding foliage of Carex can be seen in greens, yellows, blues and fluorescent oranges! They keep compact and low, ideal for mass plantings, borders and pots. Carex tolerate full sun to part shade and a wide variety of soil and weather conditions. If you’re after versatile and easy, you’ve come to the right plant!

 

 

Flax 

Phormiums, more commonly known as Flax, are one of the toughest plants around! Alongside Cordylines and Yuccas, they are frequently purchased for those needing a low maintenance garden. And it’s no wonder why when they come in such a range of colours! Pinks, reds, greens and rich purples, mass planted or as a feature! Flax are suitable for the Modern, Low Maintenance or Coastal garden style, growing well in pots, balconies, along driveways and high traffic areas. It is a real master of self reliance!

 

Agonis

Need a native with natural winter colour? Agonis will give you that! The long, wavy and weeping foliage of the Agonis come in a deep burgundy, dark, plum purple in the ‘After Dark’ variety and variegated yellow and pink if you purchase an Agonis ‘Flamingo’! As natives do, they are tolerant of whatever the weather can throw at them, plus they can be used in a variety of ways including hedging and screening, a feature tree or some have even managed large topiary! What a wonderful winter wonder!

 

Alternanthera

Little Ruby is a very compact, ground-covering variety with attractive, dark burgundy leaves. It is a hardy, easy-care plant that forms a dense habit. It bears clusters of small cream flowers. It is a fantastic container plant and also suits wall planting.

Little Ruby likes a part shade to full sun position but performs best in full sun. Thrives in moist, well-drained soil, but is an adaptable plant to different situations. They respond well to regular tip pruning.

 

Cerastium Snow in Summer

A very useful groundcover perennial, often grown in dry, sunny areas with poor soil. Plants form a low, fast-spreading mat of silvery-grey leaves, studded with tiny white star flowers in late spring and early summer. An indestructible choice for difficult sites, and tolerant of most soil types. Grows 20-30cm tall and 30-40cm tall. Needing a hardy, low maintenance but a still gorgeous option for your garden? Look no further, this is just the plant you need!

 

Additional choices for Winter colour: 

 

Strobelanthes ‘Goldfussia’ 

‘Goldfussia’ has shiny, dark green leaves with even darker purple new growth. This purple foliage remains purple in sunnier positions, reverting to a greener colour in shadier spots. The flowers are mauve in color and appear in spring, and intermittently throughout the year. It likes a warm, sheltered position. A great way to add some gorgeous deep tones to the garden while still flowering! We love them!

 

Helichrysum ‘Licorice’

‘Licorice Plant’ is a moderately hardy shrub that will tolerate mild frosts and extended dry periods. It prefers well-drained soil and good air movement. The felty foliage has a stunning, almost luminescent color which gives the plant a central place in any perennial garden. It will grow to approximately 1.3m in height.  It grows very well in part shade or full sun and the soft cream flowers are excellent for drying and floral arrangements. A great way to add some gorgeous soft textures to the garden!

 

Melaleuca ‘Revolution Gold’

‘Revolution Gold’ is a dense, small, upright tree, with attractive golden foliage. The foliage becomes more intense in sunnier positions. Makes a great colour contrasted screening shrub, windbreak or as a feature specimen.

‘Revolution Gold’ responds well to pruning to encourage a more dense habit. Small white flowers pop up in summer. It suits most soil types and positions, drought and frost tolerant. Grows to approximately 3-4m in height. This is a low maintenance plant that is great for coastal gardens. Its a gold standard native for the winter garden!

 

Lophomyrtus ‘Black Stallion’

Lophomyrtus ‘Black Stallion’ is as the name suggests; a dark, robust little native! Its fine foliage is dark purple and burgundy with little white fluffy flowers speckled across the shrub in  summer. If trimmed it can be kept as a colourful low border or hedge.

Black Stallion likes a position of full sunlight in slightly moist soil. It can tolerate both frost and coastal positions, and grows to a maximum height of approximately 1.5 meters.


Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ 

‘Forest Flame’ provides continuous brilliant colors all season long. The new growth emerges bright red and matures to green. Long-lasting bell-shaped white flowers bloom in spring. Evergreen with glossy foliage, this shrub matures to: 1.2-1.8m h x w and prefers a full sun to part shade position.

Eremophila ‘Emu Bush’

‘Emu Bush’ is a lovely evergreen ground-covering shrub that has dense, soft grey foliage and gorgeous contrasting yellow-gold flowers. Its flowers are in bloom from spring through and into summer, and they are also bird attracting.

‘Emu Bush’ is drought and frost tolerant. Ideally placed in a partial shade position with dry well-drained soil. Perfect for mass planting and great for large containers.

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July in the Garden 2022!

July is here, which means that half of the year is over already, and we are officially heading into the peak of winter with its daily dose of cold and rain! Don’t let the drab slow you down this winter. There is much to do in winter to get prepared for the spring growth plus you can enjoy the many benefits of gardening! Boost your physical and mental wellness, give yourself a sense of accomplishment, relieve some stress, boost your immune system and if you have a veggie patch, you get free nutritious veggies!!

Currently, Lavenders, Camellias, Daisies, Pansys and Violas are blooming beautifully and so are some natives such as Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas, Proteas and Kangaroo Paws. We can also start harvesting some winter veggies such as broccoli and snow peas. Some winter flowering bulbs are starting to bloom, such as the eager Daffodils!

June Garden Gardening Melbourne Australia Victoria

With our list of things to do, winter will fly by and you’ll be ready to hop into spring!

What’s in store!?

Bare Rooted Trees! 

A Farmer with Bare Root Fruit Trees

Bare-roots trees and roses are here! In winter, plants go dormant and they transplant much easier than when they’re in leaf. This includes your roses, fruit trees and deciduous ornamentals such as Poplars, Elms, Ash’s and Oaks, just to name a few. Every year, nurseries supply vast amounts of bare-rooted plants at much cheaper prices than if they were in their pots. This is because they are easier to store and transport, thus keeping costs low.

Choose trees with a good structure or framework. Check for any splits. And remember to prune your fruit and ornamental trees back before planting. This pruning is to remove any damaged branches and roots as well as prepare the overall shape for the spring.

We have a big range of bare-rooted fruit trees and ornamental trees already in-store and more coming in pretty soon, so keep an eye out for those on our website. Here are some that we have already received:

Now is the time to plant your Bare rooted plants!

It’s that time of year again! Bare-root is BACK and we have loads of Bare Rooted Roses ready to go in-store. In winter, plants go dormant and dormant plants transplant much easier and stress-free than when they’re in leaf.

Bare Rooted Trees! 

We have a nice selection of bare-rooted trees in-store and new ones coming in every week, including fruit and nut trees.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Trees!

Bare Root Roses!

Now is the best time of the year to purchase your standard roses as we have hundreds of beautiful quality roses in stock. Whether you want 20 of the same colour or perhaps a fantastic mix of different colour roses depending on the garden colour scheme of your choice, you can get all of them in-store here in Campbellfield! We also have bulk packs of 5 roses at discounted prices.

We have the classic iceberg varieties in 3ft and many colour varieties in 3ft and 4ft standards.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Roses!

For more on how to plant your Bare Root Roses, Click here!

 



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Box Balls

English Box Balls are a very stylish way to add a point of interest in the garden. They can compliment modern gardens, can provide a strong textural contrast to flowers & foliage in a cottage garden, enhance very formal gardens or excel in large pots as a feature in almost any garden or patio.
English Box Balls are hardy in extreme heat & cold, full sun through to deep shade & can grow in almost any soil type as long as it is not water logged. They’re slow growing & only require trimming 2 – 3 times per year.


Native Plants

Native plants are beautiful! They provide shelter and food for wildlife and promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage. They are unique because they are perfectly suited to the environment that they belong to. This means that they should survive on local rainfall patterns and in the local soil! Here is a selection of the most popular varieties we have in store right now!


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Winter Garden Colour

Very often we tend to think of winter as being a very dull time of the year for the garden. We have put together a little selection of plants that will flower in winter or just add a splash of colour thanks to their vibrant foliage!

Winter Flowers

Winter gardens are not so dull with these beauties, that bloom when the rest of the garden has little to offer!

We have a whole article about Winter flowering plants. Click here to read it!

Ground Covers

Groundcovers

These do not grow taller than 10-15cm, are very low maintenance and do great in small spaces that tend to be overrun by weeds.

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The Vegetable Garden

Planting Veggies in Melbourne’s Winter is very rewarding!

It’s truly cold now, but it is just what some veggies love! Many people are concerned that nothing will survive in the cold weather, but that is just wrong because many winter veggies thrive and grow so well in the cold weather! It is even easier as you will rarely need to water the garden!

You can plant the whole range of brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts.
Leafy greens such as Asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi, pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, mustards, spring onions, leek, kale and swiss chard.
Legumes such as Snow Peas and Sugar snap peas are very easy plants to grow right now, just make sure to provide some trellis for them.
Root crops such as radish, beetroot, turnips, swedes, parsnips, carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic. All of those would take 2-3 months before harvest, except for radish which is ready in just 30 days, while potatoes take between 90 and 170 days and garlic that takes about seven to eight months!

You can now remove any protective netting that you were using to safeguard the brassica and Asian green plants from the Cabbage White Moth and its hungry progeny, the caterpillars. As the weather has cooled enough, the moths or butterflies no longer pose a problem.

Asparagus Time to cut back the asparagus to the ground, which has yellowed as expected and then top-dress the plants with a combination of compost, aged cow manure and some slow-release fertiliser pellets.

Check out our available range of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Some great companion plants for all these are herbs are sage, winter thyme, parsley, mint, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, marjoram. They deter pests such as caterpillars. Basil does not tolerate the cold and should be grown in warmer months.

Edible Flowers

Flowers such as Nasturtiums, Calendula and Borage are great for the winter patch! They add colour, diversity, repel pests and most importantly are tasty and pretty additions to salads!


To see our full selection of Fruits, veggies and herbs in store. Click Here!

 

Garden Tasks!

Preparing the garden. Everything is bare so time to prepare!

Pruning

This is a big one! Winter is when all major pruning is done because you can see the full structure of the plant and remove any problem branches. Fruit trees, deciduous trees and roses in particular benefit from a good prune. Fruit trees bear fruit more prolifically and look healthy after a good prune.

Pruning Standard Roses

1. Remove all the new, soft growths.

2. Cut back any dead, damaged or dying wood.

3. Remove all the suckers. These are buds that are growing from the understock and are found below the bud union.

4. You should cut it back so that it resembles a claw, don’t worry if you think you have been too ruthless. The plant should have 4-5 main leaders ready for next season.

Your rose will now have been cut by almost 2/3 of what it was. It may look like a lot but it is necessary and they love it! If you’re unsure, ask our staff or take a walk around the neighbourhood and find some of your local rose enthusiasts. Check out how much they will have cut their roses back by and you will be surprised! That’s one of the reasons they have such beautiful roses.

Click here to read more about Pruning Trees, Hedges, Box, Screens & Topiary

 

Protect your plants from Frost!

Frost on leaves

Frost forms from water vapour in the air, coming in contact with an object that is below freezing temperature. So basically, when the moisture in the air touches a cold windscreen, the moisture sticks to the windscreen and turns to ice!

When it comes to our plants, they expel energy continuously through the day and the night. Energy is warmth! During the day, their expelled energy is replaced by radiant heat from the sun, but at night time they become cooler as their warmth is not continually replaced. When the plant cools enough to get to freezing temperatures, frost can then form on its leaves.

Some plants can handle frost better than others. The moisture inside of the plant’s cells freeze and, like all frozen water, it expands, which can cause stress on the cells and therefore damage to the plant. When the ice is quickly thawed by the morning sun, it causes the most damage to the plant.

If your plants have been damaged by frost, don’t cut off the damaged foliage until the frosts have finished as this dead foliage will actually act as protection for future frosts.

How to tackle frost

  • Cover your frost-sensitive plants with sheets, newspaper or straw, making sure to remove them the following day.
  • Lightly water your plants before sunrise by a sprinkler system (or by hand if you’re really keen!) This can prevent frost from forming. You can lightly water frost affected plants, which gently thaws the ice, reducing the damage from the frost.
  • Use plastic sleeves and stakes to protect plants in open areas


Weed Control

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Weeds don’t have a seasonal preference, they’ll turn up any time! But our one saving grace is they turn up less often in winter and the established ones that need to come out are easier to see. The soil is moist, which makes it easier to pull out these little suckers.

For the tougher weeds like clumps of Crowsfoot and Crabgrass, Dandelions or Oxalis you made need a tool to get the whole root out. The importance of getting the whole root out is so it doesn’t re-sprout. We don’t want to have to weed again! You can use a hoe or even a butter knife.

Drainage

Keep an eye out for drainage problems in the garden. After heavy rains, you can easily spot places in the garden that accumulate water and form little pools. These spots are ideal for plants that do not mind waterlogged soil. You can also use gypsum or clay breaking liquid to break up the clay soil and amend it with lots of compost and organic matter, which will improve the drainage.

Transplanting and moving

With the nice cool weather, it is an ideal time to move or transplant plants as the plants have time over winter to grow new roots and be ready for spring. You can repot plants that have outgrown their pots and are getting root-bound. Remove the plant and trim some of the roots at the bottom, shake off some old soil and add some fresh ones at the bottom of the pot to give your plant a fresh start. They will love it!

Fungal Disease

Leaf curl is mainly a disease of peaches and nectarines, though it may also affect almonds and apricots. It’s caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans and occurs wherever peaches and nectarines are grown. Some symptoms are leaves that are entirely or partially curled, distorted, and are initially pale green in colour before turning red or purple. This will result in fruit that has raised, irregular rough patches, usually red in colour. Such fruit often falls prematurely.

You can treat this with commercially available copper or lime-based fungicide sprays just during bud swelling, but before they have opened. Once opened it is too late to spray as the leaves will get damaged.

Spray Now to avoid Spring disease

That is all for this July 2022 in the Garden tips and tricks article, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Wishing you all the best, keep yourself warm and safe this winter!

Hello Hello Plants.

Top 10 Plants for Tall Pleaching

Simply an elevated hedge on clear, strong trunks, pleaching is an elegant style of hedging. As well as making a very dignified garden feature, the pleached hedge has several important advantages in landscape design that a conventional hedge lacks. 

Creates space

In small spaces, such as a courtyard or townhouse garden, a pleached hedge creates the illusion of space. The cleared understory opens up the possibility of a two-storey garden, where contrasting textures and colours can be artfully planted underneath against the bare pleached trunks.  

Tall yet narrow screening

Pleaching allows large, tall-growing plants to be grown in a narrow bed without looking clumped and crowded. As they require regular maintenance to keep the elegant pleached form it also keeps these large screening shrubs and trees in check. 

A feature with form and functionality

Where a hedge may be necessary to screen out adjacent buildings, roads or neighbouring windows, it turns a boring necessity into a very attractive and functional feature. 

Example of pleached trees in an English cottage garden.

Pleached hedges are suitable for Formal, Modern, Tropical, and even Cottage gardens. What’s important is choosing the right variety of plants to pleach for the particular conditions and garden style.

Here are some points to note when picking the right plant for your pleaching project.

Maintenance
Pleaching requires a regular maintenance to keep the hedge looking lovely and neat, and those bare trunks bare!
Some plants will grow faster than others so you need to make sure you have the time to maintain the look you want.

Trunks
The trunks of the plants are going to be a main feature and thus kept bare. So keep in mind what kind of appearance you want your trunks to have. Usually nice, straight trunks are selected for uniformity. However, some people may like a more twisted or bendy trunk. Or will you might want multiple bare trunks!

And remember to prune the lower branches off neatly. The trunks need to be clean, clear trunks, not bumpy, knobbly ones.

 

Top 10 Plants for Tall Pleaching

  1. Gracillis ‘Slender Weavers’ Bamboo
  2. Prunus lausitanica ‘Portuguese Laurel’
  3. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’
  4. Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Manchurian Pear’
  5. Pyrus calleryana ‘Everscreen’ Pears
  6. Ficus hillii ‘Flash’
  7. Waterhousia floribunda‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’
  8. Carpinus ‘European Hornbeam’ Tree
  9. Fagus ‘European Beech Tree’ Green
  10. Photinia robusta ‘Red Robin’


Gracillis
‘Slender Weavers’ Bamboo 

Gracilis is a unique and tall narrow screen for a confined area. It can withstand partial shade and requires regular watering (we recommend a watering system installed). It can look untidy unpleached, making it a fabulous option for pleaching!

It is very easy to trim and train, and unlike conventional pleached hedges will have multiple bared trunks on display.

Plant 1.5m apart. 

 

Prunus lausitanicaPortuguese Laurel’

With its large, deep green foliage and dense habit, this is an all-time classic for pleaching. It needs good drainage otherwise very hardy, versatile and easy to shape and maintain. Portuguese Laurel is shade and frost tolerant too, being a popular choice in rural areas. It also produces elegant, long white flowers in early summer.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart.

Beautiful pleached specimens

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’ 

Suitable for large or grand pleached hedges with its large, glossy green foliage. It is probably the best plant to be grown in shade or in competition with an existing canopy. Cherry Laurel is very fast-growing, easy to shape and maintain. It is free from pests and diseases and is extremely frost hardy. Another rural property favourite.


Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart.

Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Manchurian Pear’

If you want a pleached hedge with real character and interest then pick up the ‘Manchurian’ Ornamental Pear. Their horizontal branch structure makes them the best ornamental pear to be pleached. The ‘Manchurian’ Pear has naked branches covered in white blossom in late winter to early spring. Beautiful lush green foliage appears in spring through summer until late April when it begins its autumnal show. 

Apart from being a colourful character-filled tree, the Manchurian Pear will allow late autumn and winter sun through to the plants and garden beneath it.

Plant 1.5m-2m apart. 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Everscreen’ Pears

Where a tall, fast-growing pleached screen is required, the evergreen ‘Everscreen’ Pear is a great choice. It is capable of growing up to 2m a year, tolerant of most soil and weather conditions and will maintain its lovely green foliage throughout the winter in warmer climates.

Pleached Pear Trees

In rural Victoria, you can expect to see the leaves fall in autumn. However, within the city of Melbourne, they stay on the tree!

Plant 1.5m-2m apart

Click here to read more about  ‘Everscreen’ Pears 

Ficus hillii ‘Flash’

One of the most versatile and easy to grow pleaching plants, the Ficus ‘Flash’ is simply one of the most popular hedging plants around. Fast, tough, sun-loving, non-flowering, easy to trim and shape, salt, wind and heat tolerant! What more could you ask for!

For best results, Ficus need moderate to good drainage and are best kept away from water pipes and pools. They are also frost sensitive so unfortunately not ideal in rural or frost-prone areas.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart

 

Waterhousia floribunda‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’

An elegant Australian native plant with cascading foliage, the ‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’ is a fast-growing and easy to trim pleaching hedge. It is a good choice where a less formal or very modern look is required and, rarely growing flowers, makes it a good choice near pools. Weeping Lilly Pilly can be grown in full sun to part shade positions, preferring well-drained, moist, rich soils.

Plant 1m-1.5m apart

 

Carpinus ‘European Hornbeam’ Tree

Hornbeam trees are ideal for use as a hedge, screen, or windbreak. They produce attractive leaves that are dark green through the summer and fade to yellow in the fall. They also bear white/cream and grey flowers.

Hornbeams have extremely hard wood which is protected by smooth grey bark. They are narrow and upright when young, gradually widening as they age. Hornbeams are a top tree for pleaching.

 

Fagus ‘European Beech Tree’ Green

Beeches are an old European classic and are commonly used (but uncommonly known) as gorgeous pleached screens. In fact the tallest and longest hedge in the world is made of Beech! Being a deciduous tree, when it comes to autumn the Beech makes a feature out of the hedge, turning rich golds, highlighting their smooth barked trunks underneath.
Beech should be trimmed during their dormancy as the framework and structure of the tree are more visible at this time.

Plant 1-1.5 apart.

 

Photinia robusta ‘Red Robin’

If you’re after a bit of colour in your pleached hedge, look no further! Photinia are notorious for their vibrant red new growth, which you can see for miles. The ‘Red Robin’ variety has smaller and more vibrant leaves than the regular robusta, creating a wonderfully compact and dense hedge. The red new growth then turns to a gorgeous, deep green glossy foliage. Photinia are hardy, tolerating frosty and drought conditions. And their bare trunks contrast beautifully against the red or green foliage, being a sooth, light grey.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1m apart

 

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World Environment Day!

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide on June 5. A platform for action, World Environment Day is for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

Origins of the World Environment Day

It’s the 48th World Environment Day this year, and the first one took place in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972.  Back then, it was the first major conference of it’s kind. The aim was to focus on the development of environmental politics, and environmental issues, and to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The responsibility for the primary celebrations rotates to a different country each year.

“With 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.”

 

Threats to Biodiversity

Australia has such diverse unique flora and fauna!

‘Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.’

Human activities have significantly disturbed three-quarters of the world’s land surface. Two-thirds of ocean areas are also impacted by human activity, through overfishing, industrial pollution and oil spills, and garbage accumulation. Wildlife species are disappearing tens to hundreds of times faster now than in the past 10 million years. By 2030, the world may have lost one out of every four known species. Scientists have declared this the sixth mass extinction event in world history. At current rates of species extinction, the sixth event is on track to be more severe than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Here are the 6 main threats to Biodiversity:

  1. Climate Change
    An increase in the temperature of the atmosphere has major effects on the environment such as the seasons, rising sea levels, glacial retreats, floods, and as we have seen here in Australia, more bush fires and droughts.
  2. Habitat Loss and Degradation
    Habitat loss is sometimes caused by natural events like geological calamities but more commonly by human activities such as deforestation, diverting rivers, mining, fracking, and many other destructive behaviors.
  3. Pollution
    Be it in water, air, or land pollution, all forms of pollution are a threat to all life forms on Earth. Recently with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have witnessed a decrease in pollution due to a slowing down in human activities, and that was refreshing, but on the other hand, we saw many plastic gloves and face masks washed up in the ocean and killing wildlife.
  4. Invasive Species
    An exotic or unnatural species can be any kind of organism that has been introduced to a foreign habitat. This introduction can cause major threats to the native species. For example, Cats are a major threat to our native bird population here in Australia.
  5. Over Exploitation
    This refers to the act of over-harvesting species and natural resources at rates faster than they can actually sustain themselves in the wild.
  6. Other Threats
    There are many other threats such as the spreading of diseases from farmed animals to wild animals. The impact of roads and highways reduce the habitat area of many species. Noise and perturbations to the environment such as sonar use in the sea that disrupts cetacean species’ communications and many more.
From Bushfires to Deforestation, what is the future of the Koala bear?

Australia’s Biodiversity loss

Since the arrival of Europeans in Australia, just over 200 years ago, there has been an extraordinary increase in the rate of environmental change and in the loss of biodiversity in our ecosystems. One of the main threats to Australia’s biodiversity is habitat loss, and land clearing is happening at a staggering rate. Projections suggest that 3m hectares of untouched forest will have been bulldozed in eastern Australia by 2030, thanks to the thriving livestock industry and governments that refuse to step in.

Some of these ecosystems lost include:

  • 75% of rainforests and nearly 50% of all forests;
  • over 60% of coastal wetlands in southern and eastern Australia;
  • nearly 90% of temperate woodlands and mallee;
  • more than 99% of south-eastern Australia’s temperate lowland grasslands;
  • over 83% of Tasmania’s lowland grasslands and grassy woodlands;
  • about 95% of brigalow scrub that originally grew in Queensland;
  • over 90% of Victoria’s grasslands.
The thylacine, now extinct, is one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials, evolving about 4 million years ago. The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania.

We concluded that exactly 100 plant and animal species are validly listed as having become extinct in the 230 years since Europeans colonized Australia. You can read more about this here.

Clearly, human activities have the most significant impact on biodiversity loss. At present, our planet continues to face these threats to biodiversity.

IN THE FUTURE, YOUR CHILDREN OR THE YOUNGER GENERATION MIGHT ASK YOU A QUESTION ALONG THE LINES OF, “WHEN THE CRISIS ON BIODIVERSITY BECAME SO RAMPANT DURING THE EARLY 2000S, WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT?” WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE?

Things you can do to help biodiversity and the environment:

Sydney, Australia – March 15, 2019  Climate Emergency rally
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Reduce your use of water, electricity, and other nonrenewable and recycle everything as much as possible.
  • Volunteer and Educate. Volunteer for cleanups or tree planting in your community. Teach others, especially children to help them understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
  • Conserve Water & Energy. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean. You can also save grey water from your sink to water your garden. Energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, flip the light switch off when you leave the room! Does your WiFi or your phone need to be always on?
  • Shop wisely & Choose sustainably. Buy Local, buy organic. Learn how to make smart food and seafood choices. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
  • Drive less. Bike or walk more, and use your car sparingly. Do some carpooling with your mates and use public transport.
  • Plant as many trees as you can. Go for Native trees and flowers that support the local wildlife the best. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. They help the biodiversity and ecosystems to survive and thrive. If you have land, seek your local council or nurseries to see if there are any free or cheap plants. If you have limited space, consider pots. And if you do not have space, volunteer some time or money to tree planting organizations.
  • QUIT the use of pesticides and petroleum-based fertilizers in your gardens. These often have knock-on effects in wildlife populations and run off into water courses with adverse effects for the plants and animals living there. Ask your Local Authority to do the same.
  • VOTE! Find out about legislation affecting biodiversity, make contact with your local political representatives, tell them how you feel, and ask them what they will do to help.
  • Support people and groups who are acting on long-term ecological sustainability. Find out about activist groups and share their message and donate to their cause. This is vital for our future!

 

We hope that this article gave you some inspiration or incentive to make changes to your lifestyle. Thank you for your time and remember that: Protecting our planet starts with you!