Christmas Trees Selection!

🎄Potted Christmas Trees are in store Now!🎁🎅

If you prefer the look, feel, and smell of a real tree and if you can’t bear the thought of cutting down a tree just to use as a decoration, why not use a live potted Christmas tree or plant!?

We have a lovely selection of Pines, Spruces, and Firs that you can use as your live Christmas tree for the next 10 years! They are slow-growing, easy to maintain, and can be kept in pots for a long time!

We also have Bright Red Poinsettias and Holly plants that look amazing at this time of the year!

Here are some tips for your potted live Christmas trees on how to take care of them so as they can be used over and over again for the next 10 years!

Sunlight –  It’s recommended that you keep your potted tree near a window that receives sunlight but has protection from the hot afternoon heat.

Lack of sunlight – If your tree is in a spot where it does not receive any natural sunlight or reflected light, you should bring your potted tree indoors as late as possible. The weekend before Christmas is ideal, and it’s advised not to keep living trees in the house any longer than 12-15 days.

Watering – As with most houseplants, watering is the most important aspect of caring for them. Too much and your potted tree will die of ‘wet feet’, too little and the leaves will turn brown and fall. So water sparingly and do a simple moisture check by stick your finger into the dirt as far down as you can and see if the soil is dry. When you remove your finger, any soil sticking to it indicates moisture. When your finger comes out relatively clean, it’s time to water. Always check that the container has good drainage and some sort of saucer underneath to catch any excess water.

Sunburn – After you’ve used it as your Christmas tree put it out in the shade for a couple of weeks, then slowly move it back into the sun. If you just put it back in the full sun directly after being indoors for a long time, the leaves will get sunburnt, turn brown, and drop off.

Root-Bound – After the Christmas period, check the roots of your tree. If the root-ball is getting too thick, loosen them up and plant your tree in a slightly bigger pot. If it is not a dense root-ball, they can be left in the same pot for another year.

Prune and shape your tree in winter to keep it neat and tidy. Be gentle with the pruning as they grow very slowly and bad pruning can take years to fix.

Fertilise your tree at the start of spring with a balanced fertilizer to give it a good boost during its growing season and make it look lush for Christmas.

Here are some other options for plants you can use as Christmas trees:

 

 

African Daisy Selection!

Osteospermum, or African Daisies, have flowers that look very familiar, yet totally foreign. You may even think they’ve been dyed or painted. African Daisies look a lot like common daisies, with petals radiating around a center disk. When African daisies were first introduced to the market, they had vivid coloring many weren’t used to seeing, with the flower’s center disks looking as though they are colored with metallic paint. They are a great choice for a hardy, low growing shrub that gives a pop of colour to an otherwise tough to fill spot, repeat flowering in winter, through spring, and into summer.

African Daisies are definitely unique. The leaves will vary by variety. They can be lance-like or broadly oval-shaped and smooth, jagged, or lobed. Petals can be smooth and flat, like a daisy, or radiate out in a tubular, spoon-shape. They are a big hit with bees and butterflies.

Botanical name: Osteospermum
Height: 30 to 60 centimeters Width: One meter or more
Ideal position: African daisies rely on the sun to open completely, so they love full sun, Tolerance: They will tolerate moderate frost and drought.
Suitable spots: Plant your African daisies in the garden or in a container.
When do they bloom? A mass of flowers appears from winter through to spring and also into summer.
Soil requirements: Daisies like rich, fast-draining soil and ample water until established.  However, they are very adaptable and will tolerate poor soil conditions and partial shade. Work some well-aged animal manure or organic compost into the soil to help promote abundant blooms.
Pests and diseases to watch out for: Keep caterpillars, snails, and slugs away.
Lifespan: They last for about 7-10 years
Toxicity: Harmless to your cat or dog, but do not feed leaves to goats, sheep or horses.
Propagation: African daisies do not self-seed, but they can be propagated by dividing.

Our Selection:

More Daisy varieties!

Here are some more daisy varieties such as the Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum), seaside daisies (Erigeron), cut-leaf daisies (Brachyscome) and Felicia daisies. They are in full bloom right now and can instantly transform gardens, with their beautiful colors! They are so easy to grow and to take care of!

Weeping Cherries!

IT’S hard to surpass the beauty of a weeping cherry.

The weeping cherry tree, Prunus pendula is an ornamental that has been cultivated in Japan for many centuries. They have slender and flexile branches that lead them to gracefully weep and sway in the wind. Once developed, the branches become firm and stiff, making them quite tough. In spring, they are covered in white or pink, single or double flowers, often before the leaves emerge. Small but showy, the blossoms are held in clusters of 2-5 flowers. They are a perfect feature plant for the home garden or the focal point of a front yard landscape.

Flowering cherry trees do well in most gardens and they require very little care.

Here are a few tips when growing them:

• Flowering cherries require full sun and good air circulation. Plant your tree in a spot that is not too shady or crowded. Make sure the mature height and spread of the tree you wish to purchase will fit your intended area.
• Flowering cherries require moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soil. Easy to grow, they are not fussy, although they dislike poorly drained soil and
will not tolerate boggy conditions. They should be watered thoroughly after planting and until the tree is well-established.
• Flowering cherries grow best if left alone so it is best to avoid pruning aside from removing dead, diseased, or damaged growth. If you need to shape
your tree, do so after flowering in early summer, because there are fewer diseases then and you won’t remove the lower buds.
• Flowering cherries are susceptible to insect and fungal disease problems. Regular pruning to thin out branches and allow for better air and light
circulation will help keep your tree healthy. Watch for caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bacterial canker, and blossom wilt.

Spend over $500 in store or over the phone as from the 21st of November 2020, you get a FREE Weeping cherry in a 12″ pot that is 6ft tall, worth $100!! You have a choice of Pink or White to choose from, until stocks last!

Creating a Sensory Garden!

Gardening works wonders for your physical health and it also helps to improve your mental well-being. When you garden you make things grow, you create food and you transform spaces. The satisfaction from accomplishing those things can cheer you up even when you feel dissatisfied with what feels like everything else in your life. Beyond the mental and physical aspect, there is much pleasure that a garden can provide.

What we actually enjoy in a garden, is that it stimulates our senses in a way or the other, as every plant has its own characteristics that make it unique. From sound, touch, smell, sight, and taste, plants can entice our senses and enhance our wellbeing in so many ways. This creates a sense of calm and healing when you spend time in such a garden, making it more stimulating than just a pretty garden to look at.

For that, you need to rethink the garden as more of an experimental space, one that gives free rein to your creativity, creates interest, and stimulates curiosity. You can add things such as water features, bird baths or feeders, colorful patches of bottles, hanging wind chimes, recycled furniture into planters, whimsical sculptures, pathways with interesting textures to walk on.

Plant wise, creating such a garden is very simple. Take a walk into your garden and see how it stimulates you. Is there interesting foliage or color to look at? Plants that you can touch to feel the texture, rub between your fingers, and smell the aroma. Birds that chirp, bees that buzz around, and leaves that rustle in the wind? See what is missing and take a look at our top recommendations below to complement what you already have.


Sight – Ornamental and Colourful

Adding visual interest to a garden can be achieved by plants with varying habits, such as creepers, climbers, bush plants, and standards. Plants with different bloom, leaf shape or color, bark, and stem provide visual appeal as well. Mix and match plants to create visual interest. Weeping plants are very interesting, especially when swaying in the wind, cottage flowers offer some beautiful colors, maples have very interesting foliage, silver birch has a beautiful bark.


Smell – Fragrant plants

Aromas can trigger happy memories or make certain moments very memorable. Some plants produce oils in their leaves to deter pests and flowers produce various aromas to attract pollinators. Nectar, Limonene, Linalool, and Terpenes are all compounds responsible for these scents that we enjoy. There are many plants that have these interesting properties. int, eucalyptus, lavender, and lemon balm that release their aromas when you touch them, and others such as jasmine, roses, orange jessamine and gardenias that have a naturally spreading fragrance.

Here are some great suggestions of plants with a great fragrance that naturally spread in the air. Other fragrant plants that are not currently in season are Frangipani, Daphnes, and Wisterias.  This is what we have in store:

Here are some great suggestions of plants with an amazing fragrance when touched.

Touch – Soft and fuzzy

We love touching and feeling textures as this is a connection beyond the visual, which makes us feel more connected. There are so many interesting types of leaves, from the glossy to the prickly, flowers that soft to fuzzy, barks that are smooth or rough, and they all provide interesting tactile perception.

Taste – Herbs and Edibles

There is no better feeling than to take care of a plant and taste the fruit of your efforts once it ripens. Fruit trees and veggies are very rewarding but to stimulate our taste buds we can also grow various herbs and spices. From berries and cherries to plums and lemons, we have a big selection of edibles for you to choose from.
Here are some fruit trees that we have

Here are some great herbs and spices that we have in store Click here to see all herbs.

Sound – Rustling and Chimes

Sit on your garden bench and close your eyes for a mindful minute to enjoy the sounds of nature from your garden. This can have a very calming effect on your mind. You can hear the bees buzzing, birds chirping, leaves rustling, perhaps some trickling water from a water feature or the natural melodies of a bamboo wind chime. Bamboo plants and grasses are ideal for that leaf rustling effect.

If you would like more ideas, do come in store and browse the thousands of different varieties that we have here. We will be more than happy to help you out with any questions you may have. In the meantime, think about your next garden project and how any new addition can stimulate your senses and make your garden a more enjoyable space where you want to go to every day!

November in the Garden!

Hello Hello, dear gardening friends! It is already November and the weather is looking fantastic here in Melbourne with warm days, clear blue skies but also the occasional shower! With the lock-down finally lifted, we were so happy to see all of you back in store these past few days! 

Traditionally Cup weekend has been used as a marker to plant out tomatoes and other summer crops. Callistemon, Geranium, and roses are blooming beautifully, Hydrangeas and Agapanthus are getting ready to bloom in the next couple of weeks, and summer veggies like tomatoes and peppers are growing very well.  From clipping back your spring-flowering plants to mulching, there is always a lot to do, so let’s see what can be done in the garden right now.

Roses

Most roses are blooming beautifully at this time of the year. Now is a great time to choose which one is your favorite in terms of color and scent, so make sure you check out our range of roses in full bloom now. It is also a good time to feed your roses with some balanced, bloom, or rose fertilizer. Keep an eye out for aphids that love to feed on the fresh new growth.

A good tip for more blooms on your roses is to dead-head the spent flowers regularly as this encourages more flowers. Avoid overhead watering as this can cause fungal problems. Watering early in the morning is better than in the evening. Once established, roses are quite drought hardy so water deeply only every so often. They are available in several forms such as bush form, climbing form, carpet roses, weeping roses and as standard (ball on a stick).

Click here to see them all!

Flowers

• We have a fantastic selection of perennial flowering plants in store right now that are already flowering or just about to flower. You can easily plant these in your garden to make it pop with interesting textures and colors all Summer long.

Companion plant: Here are a few flowers that you can plant from seed right now: marigolds, salvias, petunias, sunflowers, asters, delphiniums, foxgloves, snapdragons, cosmos, and dianthus. Nasturtiums and marigold are the best companions for Summer tomatoes and capsicums, as they deter many pests such as aphids and slugs.

Tube Flowers. We also have a great selection of flowers in small pots (tubes) of 3-4 inch diameters. These are cheaper alternatives to larger sizes, grow very fast, and will bloom beautifully in the next 2-3 months or so.

Native Gardens

Native plants are very popular right now as they can easily be included in any type of garden. Native plants have so many advantages as they have lower maintenance requirements, are easy to grow, and quite hardy. They require less water and are wildlife-friendly. If you want a fully Australian native landscape, then a natural design and layout work best. Crushed granite on curved fluid pathways, timber sleepers for edging beds, and rustic garden sculptures all fit together very well. 

The Facebook page Australian Native Plant Enthusiasts forum is great for some native plant inspiration and one particular garden that always catches my attention is the Rosella Rise Native Garden of Deb MC. It has such a beautiful combination of plants, colors and textures that it would inspire anyone to start a native garden! Be sure to click on the link to see more of that amazing Australian Native garden.

To create such a paradise, you can use a variety of grasses, desert plants, shrubs, ground cover, succulents, herbs, food plants, fruit and berries to create a diverse Australian native garden.

Click here to see them all!


Fruits

Going into your garden, picking your own fruit, and enjoying them as fresh as they can be, is really a special feeling. If you choose a dwarf variety, you do not always need much space for them, as they are happy to grow in big pots and you can trim them to your preferred size. Now if you have space, by all means, plant a full-size variety and put them in the ground and let them grow into bountiful monsters! You could then perhaps exchange or sell your surplus produce!

Citrus plants. We have a great variety in 4L pots that are on sale right now! Citrus trees have been hard to get and in high demand this year, but this batch is new in. These are fantastic varieties that were originally destined for Victorian fruit farms, so you know they are born to produce fruit, plus they are very affordable.

Berries . Here is a great selection of the most popular and rare varieties, ideal for small spaces. These are in limited quantities, so better hurry up.

 

Veggies, herbs and Greens!

Summer/Spring veggies such as tomato, peppers, squash, eggplants, zucchini, chilies and basil can now be safely planted out in the ground! It is warm enough for them to grow beautifully. Remember to water them in properly with some seaweed fertilizers, which will help them settle in their new spot. See full list here.

Before planting your summer crops, dig in a generous amount of compost and manure in your veggie patch as these plants are quite heavy feeders. If you have experienced blossom end rot on your tomatoes in the past, it could be that your soil is deficient in calcium, and adding some garden lime will fix this issue. Just be aware that garden lime also raises the pH level of soils high in acidity, to make them more alkaline.

Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, rocket, endive, silverbeet, mustard greens, and celery will all grow well in the garden right now until the early hot days of Summer are here. If you have limited space, you may want to favor Summer veggies instead and leave the leafy greens for the cooler months. You can also get creative and plant lettuce/rocket under or around your tomatoes/capsicums as they usually have shallow root systems that will not interfere too much.  Planting them every couple of weeks will ensure a steady supply. See full list here.

Culinary herbs are really easy to grow and can be grown in pots on your balcony or your patio. They will grow well in shaded, partly shaded and sunny spots. You can harvest them and they will simply grow back. You can also chop them up, dry them and create your own mixed herbs for later use. Once you start planting your own herbs, you will never buy them at the supermarket again.

Click here to see them all.

 

Pruning, Repotting & Weeding

Spring flowering bulbs should be pulled out of the ground, trimmed of any shoots and excess roots, the soil is gently brushed off and the bulb is let it dry. Then you can store them in a paper bag in a cool dry place over summer and autumn until it is time to plant them again.

• If your potted plants are looking overcrowded, you can always trim them or split and re-pot them into new pots. Make sure to use the right potting mix for them.

Scraggy plants. If you have tried to revive and fertilize old and sad looking plants to no avail, perhaps it is time to replace them. Rework the soil after pulling them out and let it settle for a week before planting a new plant there.

• Always stay on top of the weeds. With all the Spring flowers blooming and then releasing their seeds in the wind, you will see small seedlings popping up everywhere. It is easier to get them while they are still small by disturbing the topsoil and applying some mulch.

Soil, Fertilising, and Mulching

• For your veggie patch, if you have very poor soil, mix in generous amounts of rich compost, manure, and also some blood and bone meal. If your soil is already quite good, instead of turning it over, try top dressing. Turning the soil over when you already have healthy soil will disturb the delicate worm and microbial systems, which take time to build and are important for good plant development.

• Improve the growth, health, and yield of your plants by nurturing the soil as an alternative to using fertilizers. You can do that by restoring the beneficial microbial activity in your soil with some compost tea.

• 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 Summer flowering annuals every couple of weeks with a complete liquid fertilizer, to encourage healthy and vigorous new growth. You can also add some slow-release granular fertilizer that will feed your plants over a period of 3 to 6 months.

•  When the summer heat comes round, it is important to have a nice thick layer of mulch on your soil to keep some moisture in the ground and also keep the roots of your plants cool. This will reduce the frequency of watering and prevent your plants to go through heat and drought stress. 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. Pine bark mulch creates acidity when breaking down, so it is perfect for Azaleas or Camellias, whereas straw or sugarcane are recommended for veggie beds. Do not put mulch too close to the stems but rather around it, as this will encourage the roots to grow outwards to find water and make them stronger. Also, make sure to give the soil a good soak before mulching. When watering over mulch, it needs some extra water to make sure it penetrates into the soil.

Pests & Disease

Now that there are lots of new shoots and seedlings, coupled with some warm weather and few showers here and there, there will be more insects in the garden. The humid weather is perfect for them to proliferate, feed, and cause damage to plants.

Aphids, thrips, and mites. With the warm weather, these sap-sucking insects find their way into our garden to feast on all the new growth. If there are not too many, you can leave them to help build the beneficial insect population that will then take care of the bad bugs for you later on. Adult aphids eat thrips and mites and ladybugs also eat aphids, thrips, mites, and whitefly If you have an infestation, on the other hand, you can make some homemade aphid spray to apply under the leaves of affected plants. Mix 2 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp dishwashing liquid, and some garlic cloves crushed,  mixed in 1lt of water, and left to infuse overnight. This is completely safe for other beneficial insects. Also, think of planting some beneficial insect plants that will attract ladybirds and they will take care of aphids for you. A favorite plant for ladybirds is the Angelica herb.

• For ants you could sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on the ground where there is a lot of ant activity but only when it is dry. You will have to reapply it after it has rained. It is a natural organic control method that will not harm other insects.

Azalea Lace Bug
Lace bug damage to azaleas normally occurs on the leaves and will look like silvery, white, or yellow spots. This is caused by these azalea insects, literally sucking small sections of the leaf dry and killing that section of the leaf. As these azalea leaf pests move on across the leaf, more and more spots will appear. These azalea insect problems are best avoided in the first place. The azalea lace bug tends to attack plants that are already weakened due to poor fertilizing or watering, so make sure to take proper care of your plants.
If your azalea shrub is already infested with these azalea leaf pests, you can try one of two methods for getting rid of them. The first is chemical controls and the other is organic control. Chemical control involves using insecticidal soaps (some of which are organic). Most off the shelf insecticides will effectively kill azalea lace bugs. For organic control of these azalea insects, you can try several methods. The first method to try is to spray the plant down with a sprayer on the hose. This can knock the pests of the plant and disorient them enough to prevent re-infestation.

• Codling Moth
Codling Moth attacks Apples and Pears. The moth lays its eggs on leaves and immature fruit as flowering finishes. The hatching caterpillars then burrow into the fruit and eat it from the inside.   Yates Success Ultra is a good product to control these. You can also use organic control methods such as neem oil or even physical barriers such as fruit bags. Welcoming beneficial insects in your garden will also help with the control of codling moths.


• Keep an eye out on your Rose plants for common diseases such as black spot, rust, and mildew. If you have noticed any fungal disease in the past on your plants, now is a good time to spray them with some organic copper-based fungicides.

That’s it for this month

Wishing you all the best in the garden! Keep smiling, be happy and as usual, stay safe lovely people  🙂

Gardening November Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

WE’RE OPEN!!!

It is already November in a couple of days and the weather is looking beautiful here in Melbourne! With the lock-down finally lifted, we were so happy to see all of you back in store these past few days! For those who have not been come in yet, we have 3 great reasons for you to do so!


🍁 Open Cup Day –3 Japanese maples to be won! 🐎

Be sure to come over this weekend and early next week to get some fantastic deals and a chance to participate in our Cup day Sweepstakes! We will be open all day from 9am to 5pm on Melbourne Cup day, Tuesday the 2nd. To celebrate this and the reopening of the store, we are doing a sweepstakes with 3 amazing prizes to be won! 👉

🥇1st –  16″ pot 5ft tall Inaba Shidare🍁 Worth $300!

🥈2nd –  12″ pot 2ft tall Inaba Shidare🍁 Worth $160!

🥉3rd – 10″ pot 4ft tall Inaba Shidare🍁 Worth $120!
(See Photos on Facebook by clicking here or our Facebook Story)

To participate all you need to do is come and shop in-store starting this Saturday at 9am until Tuesday the 2nd at 5pm and every $200 purchase will give you a ticket to the raffle which will be drawn by Chris on Wednesday the 3rd of November around midday.

The Prizes must be collected in-store in Campbellfield within 12 days. Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash. We will kindly ask for photos of the winners and their prize, to be featured on our social media.

We are also doing a  MASSIVE SALE on all your favorite plants! We have brought in beautiful FRESH NEW STOCK, that is looking so lush and fantastic you will want to buy them by the tray, to fill up every corner of your garden. That is perfect as we have some fantastic BULK BUY discounts!!

Ok, here is what we have in store for you:

3 Inch Specials

3 Inch BULK BUYS – Save Even More!

6 Inch Specials

6 Inch BULK BUYS – Save Even More!

More Specials!


Amazing Cottage flowers!

Fruit Trees!

That’s not all!!

We have many more specials in-store only at:
1477, Sydney Road Campbellfield!
Please remember to wear your mask and try your best to observe the social distancing, for everybody’s safety, our staff, and your own!

We are so excited to see you all in-store!!

Increase the value of your property!

At this time of the year many people are thinking about putting their properties on the market towards the end of Spring and in Summer. With the current lock-down, there has been a dip in property trading and this will surely take off once the restrictions are lifted. Property values have gone down slightly according to market trends and there are varying predictions for the remainder of the year. If you are thinking of putting your property on the market, put all the odds in your favor. Invest in some plants and landscaping to make the garden pop, and this will increase your property value by thousands of dollars!

And if you are thinking of doing it in a couple of years, the best time to start is now!

Take a look at the photo below.  The difference is striking.

Cost of landscaping and return on investment?

It can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for the landscape design of a small garden, $1,500 to $3,000 for the landscape design of a mid-sized garden, and roughly $3,000 to $6,500 for that of a large garden. According to research, good landscaping can add up to 20% to your home’s overall value. That could be $100,000 or more when you sell your property.

With the recent lock-down, a lot of people have realized the importance of the garden. Houses with great looking gardens make you feel better and have a greater appeal. It is also worth noting that houses in streets that have many trees on sidewalks also have a higher value.

What is great with landscaping is that it immediately adds value, but also increases the value over time. Plants grow to be more beautiful every year and provide fantastic flower shows, more fruit, or lush foliage.

How to get started?

It is a very easy process. The first thing to know is when are you going onto the market? Second thing is to know is who your potential customers are and what do they like.

Once this is established, setting up your property for success is a 4 step process:

1. Tidy!  Take a good look at the garden and remove anything that looks ugly and unfashionable. Some plants are probably overgrown and need a good trim to tidy them up. Let some sunshine and fresh air flow through. Give existing plants some fertilizer to make them nice and lush.

2. Lawn. If you have a sad-looking lawn, fix it! There should be no dead patches. Put down topsoil and grass seed, water it regularly and it will be looking great in no time.

3. Ask the experts. Send us an email at sales@hellohelloplants.com.au with your photos and measurements of your yard. We have a wealth of knowledge about garden design and we can tailor a plan to make your garden pop.

4. Start Planting. Plant your big and cheap plants now for an impressive garden later. Doing this simple process can make all the difference.

There are some tips to consider:

Privacy – We all want to feel cozy in our backyard, but that is not possible if we have that nosy neighbor always peeking over for a chat. Some tall Lilly Pillies like Neighbours-be-Gone or a Silver Sheen Pittosporum hedge should quickly fix that problem.

• Lawn edging- A neat lawn that looks restrained and tamed, gives the appearance of being easier to maintain and is a popular selling point.

• Mulch and Weed – Keep those beds tidy and mulched with some black, red, or natural mulch, whichever creates the best harmony with the rest of the garden and the house.

• Repetition- Instead of having too many varieties of plants, consider planting a lot of the same plants in clusters for more dramatic effect.

• Trees- Keep in mind that some trees grow quite big.  Some are maintenance-free, while others do need some care. Be careful NOT to plant big trees close to structures, pipes, and pools as they might cause damage further down the line. If you are unsure about what trees to plant, reach out to us and we will advise you.

• Instant look- If you want the instant look, be sure to pick out bigger pot sizes with established plants. If you are unsure if they are suitable, give us a call or send us an email.

Our plant recommendations:

The most popular plants that make a big difference are Lilly Pillies, Topiary Box Balls, Maples, and cottage flowers such as daisies, cordylines, and grasses.

• Colourful Flowers – These make the garden pop with life and are too easy to plant!

• Maples – Japanese maples are one of the most popular plants to give a garden a wow factor. We have lots of big established ones to achieve instant transformation.

• Privacy screens – Here are some of the best instant screens for privacy

• Topiaries – Standard plants and Topiaries look fantastic and have a great appeal. It is really easy to pop in English box balls or standard lilly pillys for a striking modern look.

• Natives – Native plants have a high appeal and are beneficial to the local fauna. A few bird attracting plants such as banksias, Callistemons and Grevilleas are especially good, and seeing beautiful birds in the garden is a great bonus.

• Tropical corners – We all love little cosy tropical corners, and those are easy to achieve with giant birds of paradise, palms, and cordylines for colour

• Grasses – Grasses are great for borders, accents, or focal points.

• Box – Perfect for edging, they give shape and structure to gardens.

• Rockeries – If you have an unruly little wild rock corner, you can easily pop in some tough sedums succulents that will suppress weeds and give some great color.

• Groundcovers – Ideal to suppress weeds and cover some unsightly places

• Climbers – Some climbers can go up on fences or structures and look fabulous.

• Trees – Some trees have such a striking look that they can transform any garden One such plant is the silver birch, easily one of the most popular feature trees in Melbourne.

• Indoor Plants – These bring indoor spaces to life and make a house feel like a home.

That is all for the plant suggestions. All the best in transforming your yard. It is definitely a very rewarding effort!

October in the Garden

Hello Hello, dear gardening friends! It is quite hard to believe that October is here already! With some beautiful warm days now in Melbourne, we are eagerly anticipating the end of lockdown. With the incredible amount of orders we have received and the thousands of plants we have delivered the past month, we know for a fact that many of you are making the absolute best use of this time, to reconnect with nature and enjoy some sunshine in the garden, amongst all the pretty plants.  


Soon we will be having people over, for a little party or a catchup barbie, and we can flaunt our amazing gardens. After all the hard work we have put in, we deserve a little praise! There are always little touch-ups to do, little nooks and crannies to fill up, with some colorful flowers perhaps, and general maintenance to do. Maybe you did not think about the garden too much over Winter, but now with the warm weather, you want to spruce it up. If that is the case, there are easy ways to make the garden pop and looking amazing without breaking too much of a sweat. Gardening works wonders for the body and the soul, so let’s get digging and planting!

Maples

This is a great time to choose your maple as they are at their best right now, putting on an amazing display, with their spectacular array of foliage types and colors. Maple trees can provide a striking focal point in your garden, be the perfect plant to put in a large container on your patio or grow into an impressive bonsai specimen. We have dozens of Japanese maple varieties in various sizes, with a large assortment of leaf shapes and colors ranging from shades of green to orange, red, purple, pink and variegated.

Click here to see them all!

Striking foliage grasses

Grasses are starting to bounce back after naturally dying back in Winter and are looking great. Here is an exciting selection of grasses we have right now that will make any garden look amazing!Click here to see them all!


Bare Rooted Plants – Sale Ends Monday!

There are no more bare-rooted roses, but we still have a few great bare-rooted trees such as Maples, Claret and Golden Ash, Robinias, and Mop-Tops.
SALE ENDS MONDAYSee Full list of Bare Root Bonanza here!

Flowers

• We have a fantastic selection of perennial flowering plants in store right now that are already flowering or just about to flower. You can easily plant these in your garden to make it pop with interesting textures and colors all Spring and Summer long.

Companion plant: Here are a few flowers that you can plant from seed right now: marigolds, salvias, petunias, sunflowers, asters, delphiniums, foxgloves, snapdragons, cosmos, and dianthus. Naturtiums are a great companion for Summer tomatoes and capsicums, as they deter many pests.

Tube Flowers. We also have a great selection of flowers in small pots (tubes) of 3-4 inch diameters. These are cheaper alternatives to larger sizes, grow very fast, and will bloom beautifully in the next 2-3 months or so.

More exciting flowering plants! Here are some new and exciting varieties of flowers we have in store.

Fruits

Going into your garden, picking your own fruit, and enjoying them as fresh as they can be, is really a special feeling. If you choose a dwarf variety, you do not always need much space for them, as they are happy to grow in big pots and you can trim them to your preferred size. Now if you have space, by all means, plant a full-size variety and put them in the ground and let them grow into bountiful monsters! You could then perhaps exchange or sell your surplus produce!

Citrus plants. We have a great variety in 4L pots that are on sale right now! Citrus trees have been hard to get and in high demand this year, but this batch is new in. These are fantastic varieties that were originally destined for Victorian fruit farms, so you know they are born to produce fruit, plus they are very affordable.

Stone Fruit. Here is a great selection of the most popular, some of the rare varieties, and some dwarf varieties, ideal for small spaces. These are in limited quantities, so better hurry up.See full list here. 

Various fruits. Here are some other interesting fruit trees for you.

Veggies, herbs and Greens!

Summer/Spring veggies such as tomato, peppers, squash, eggplants, zucchini, chilies and basil can now be safely planted out in the ground! It is warm enough for them to grow beautifully. Remember to water them in properly with some seaweed fertilizers, which will help them settle in their new spot. See full list here.

Before planting your summer crops, dig in a generous amount of compost and manure in your veggie patch as these plants are quite heavy feeders. If you have experienced blossom end rot on your tomatoes in the past, it could be that your soil is deficient in calcium, and adding some garden lime will fix this issue. Just be aware that garden lime also raises the pH level of soils high in acidity, to make them more alkaline.  

• If you still have remaining Winter veggies, which are surely flowering right now, time to say goodbye. You can juice the leaves or use them in your compost pile. It is not worth saving the seeds, as they will most likely not grow into the same plant you harvested them from. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips come from the same Brassicaceae mustard family of plants and cross-pollinate each other resulting in a hybrid plant when their seed is planted. 

Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, rocket, endive, silverbeet, mustard greens, and celery will all grow well in the garden right now until the early hot days of Summer are here. If you have limited space, you may want to favor Summer veggies instead and leave the leafy greens for the cooler months. You can also get creative and plant lettuce/rocket under or around your tomatoes/capsicums as they usually have shallow root systems that will not interfere too much.  Planting them every couple of weeks will ensure a steady supply. See full list here.

• Root Veggies such as carrots, radish, turnips, parsnips, and beetroot are also great to plant right now. These are best sown directly in the soil. Young leaves can also make a tasty addition to your salads.

Culinary herbs are really easy to grow and can be grown in pots on your balcony or your patio. They will grow well in shaded, partly shaded and sunny spots. You can harvest them and they will simply grow back. You can also chop them up, dry them and create your own mixed herbs for later use. Once you start planting your own herbs, you will never buy them at the supermarket again.


Click here to see them all.

Herbal Teas are perfect to aid digestion, sleep, and have many other beneficial virtues. You can either dry the leaves up for storage or use them fresh. 

• Interesting herbs. These are beautiful variegated varieties that have a different and interesting look to them. They look fantastic in pots.

Pruning, Repotting & Weeding

Spring flowering plants that have already bloomed can be deadheaded to keep them nice and tidy, and encourage more blooming. 

• If your potted plants are looking overcrowded, you can always trim them or split and re-pot them into new pots. Make sure to use the right potting mix for them.

Scraggy plants. If you have tried to revive and fertilize old and sad looking plants to no avail, perhaps it is time to replace them. Rework the soil after pulling them out and let it settle for a week before planting a new plant there.

• Always stay on top of the weeds. With all the Spring flowers blooming and then releasing their seeds in the wind, you will see small seedlings popping up everywhere. It is easier to get them while they are still small by disturbing the topsoil and applying some mulch.

Soil, Fertilising, and Mulching

• For your veggie patch, if you have very poor soil, mix in generous amounts of rich compost, manure, and also some blood and bone meal. If your soil is already quite good, instead of turning it over, try top dressing. Turning the soil over when you already have healthy soil will disturb the delicate worm and microbial systems, which take time to build and are important for good plant development.

• Improve the growth, health, and yield of your plants by nurturing the soil as an alternative to using fertilizers. You can do that by restoring the beneficial microbial activity in your soil with some compost tea.

• 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 Summer flowering annuals every couple of weeks with a complete liquid fertilizer, to encourage healthy and vigorous new growth. You can also add some slow-release granular fertilizer that will feed your plants over a period of 3 to 6 months.

• 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. Pine bark mulch creates acidity when breaking down, so it is perfect for Azaleas or Camellias, whereas straw or sugarcane are recommended for veggie beds. Do not put mulch too close to the stems but rather around it, as this will encourage the roots to grow outwards to find water and make them stronger. Also, make sure to give the soil a good soak before mulching. When watering over mulch, it needs some extra water to make sure it penetrates into the soil.

Pests & Disease

Now that there are lots of new shoots and seedlings, coupled with some warm weather and few showers here and there, there will be more insects in the garden.

Aphids. Keep an eye out for them as they love the tender new growth. If there are not too many, you can leave them to help build the beneficial insect population that will then take care of the aphids for you later on. If you have an infestation, on the other hand, you can make some homemade aphid spray to apply under the leaves of affected plants. Mix 2 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp dishwashing liquid, and some garlic cloves crushed,  mixed in 1lt of water, and left to infuse overnight. This is completely safe for other beneficial insects. Also, think of planting some beneficial insect plants that will attract ladybirds and they will take care of aphids for you. A favorite plant for ladybirds is the Angelica herb.
• For ants you could sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on the ground where there is a lot of ant activity but only when it is dry. You will have to reapply it after it has rained. It is a natural organic control method that will not harm other insects.

Citrus gall wasps are starting to emerge now that there is new growth. You should inspect your citrus trees and shave off of any galls you see with a potato peeler, exposing the wasps to die instead of cutting off the stems. If you cut the stems, it will encourage new growth that the wasps love. Some extra protection can be given by setting up some wasp traps.

• Keep an eye out on your Rose plants for common diseases such as black spot, rust, and mildew. If you have noticed any fungal disease in the past on your plants, now is a good time to spray them with some organic copper-based fungicides.


That’s it for this month
! How exciting!

Wishing you all the best in the garden! Keep smiling, be happy and as usual, stay safe lovely people  🙂

Gardening October Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

BARE ROOT BONANZA!! YEEHAW!!

Well Hay There, fellow Gardener,

It’s your big day! We have some Rootin’-tootin’ Bare Rooted Deals on your favourite trees happening right now. Maples, Ash, Mop Tops and more. These are the last of the season, so giddy up and get them while they are still here. The weather is ideal over the next two weeks to put them in the ground.
Happy Trails! YEEHAWW!

Bare root plants are usually cheaper than the same size potted plants available at other times of the year. They are very practical and easy to plant because they are dormant until early Spring. They have the time to get adjusted to their planting spot and do not suffer from transplant shock that can usually stunt plant growth for a little while.

Here is a practical guide about how to best plant them. Click here.

Father’s Day 2020 in the Garden

In Australia on Sunday the 6th of September we celebrate Father’s Day, a celebration of dads, honouring fatherhood, paternal bonds and the role fathers play in society. Do not miss this opportunity to tell your dad and/or granddad how much they mean to you on this day, but also every other day!

This year in Victoria, Father’s Day is possibly a bit tough for many of us, as lockdown restrictions might mean we can’t see dad on the day. But we can still get creative and send some love his way! Especially some wonderful plants and supplies for the garden.

Father’s Day Deliveries to Dad

All around Victoria, the postal, courier and delivery network is feeling the strain of lock-down demand, and here at Hello Hello Plants we are working double shifts and delivering every day from morning to night just to keep up! That being said, there are some delays all round.

If you want to give dad the gift of plants, these may not reach him in time or on Father’s Day. We suggest two options:

1. The best choice is getting dad one of our email gift vouchers. While we also offer physical gift cards, we’re all at the mercy of Australia Post at the moment and we cannot guarantee that a posted card will arrive on time. You can elect to have this sent straight to dad’s email, or sent to your own email to then forward to him or print on the day. Then he can order what he wants on our website and get home delivery.

2. If you want to specifically pick out plants for dad, you can still order a surprise gift for him, and then send him copy of his order on Father’s Day and let him know it’s on the way. Our current turnaround time is 1-10 days with an average of 6 days during lockdown. Just specify in your order notes if we shouldn’t deliver BEFORE Father’s Day!

Gift Vouchers and Hand Written Cards!
How about giving dad the gift of his choice? A gift voucher is perfect if you have no idea what he would like and want to let him choose. Also, we can add a handwritten card to your plant order for a very personal touch if you go for option 2 above!

Top specials for our superhero, DAD!

Click here for even more current specials!

Some more plants that Dads Love! Pines and Bonsais!

Fertilizers!

He spends so much time out in the garden and it should look like a million bucks! Healthy soil and the right fertilization regimen makes plants thrive and bloom. It makes all the time spent out there worth it. Here is a new selection of quality Australian made fertilizers you can get for him.

Potting Mix and Compost!

When you buy beautiful plants, you should not risk planting them in bad soil. There are so many potential problems, such as PH, drainage, pathogens, nutrient content, etc. So for stress-free planting, choose some professional planting mix  that will guarantee greater plant success!