Garden Tips and Advice
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- What To Plant Where
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Autumn in Your Perth Garden
Learn what to do in your Perth garden in Autumn, a complete guide to pruning, lopping, feeding and mulching, repotting and more.
Bare-rooted Tree Planting Guide for Perth
Bare root tree season is an exciting time of year in Perth. For many gardeners, months of planning and preparation come to a climax as long anticipated specimens of deciduous trees and shrubs arrive.
Citrus Varieties for Perth Gardens
Citrus trees come in all shapes and sizes, grow well in our Mediterranean climate and provide rich rewards with their delicious fruit, highly scented flowers and glassy green leaves. They are easy to look after given the right location and a bit of care.
Clematis: How To Grow it in Perth
Clematis are renowned for their large, delightfully coloured flowers in many different varieties. They are one of the most beautiful climbers available. Position Clematis originated in woodland conditions and so they will benefit from a sheltered aspect with a cool root run, where the stems can grow up into the sunlight. They will flower best…
Drought Proofing Perth Soil
This short guide teaches you how to drought proof Perth’s unique soils (sandy and clay). Learn about organic matter, mulch and how to avoid problems such as fungal growth.
Fruit Fly Control in Perth
Learn how to control fruit fly in Perth and Western Australian conditions, this guide covers options such as baiting, trapping and netting.
Getting Started with Sweet Peas
Sweet peas are great fun to grow. The flowers provide a cheery splash of colour in winter and the scent can be heavenly. The new varieties of seed available mean that plants now come in all different sizes suitable for everything from a small pot on a balcony to a garden bed that runs the…
Growing Avocados in Perth
Learn how to plant and maintain avocados in Perth conditions, this is a complete guide to soil, organic matter, mulch, wind/sun and fertilising.
Growing Rhubarb in Perth
Learn how to grow Rhubarb in Perth’s sandy soils, using plenty of dug in organic matter to help it cope with the hot summer months.
How to Control Bindii (Jo Jo) Weed in Perth Lawns
There is one weed that I would not hesitate to use herbicide on – Bindii (or Jo Jo) weed. This is one of the worst weeds of lawns as it has tiny needle-sharp seeds.
How to Control Nematodes in Perth
Learn how to control root knot nematodes in Perth gardens, which can abound in sandy unimproved soils.
How To Grow A Curry Leaf Tree in Perth
Murraya koenigii The curry leaf tree is a large shrub to small tree which grows to 2 to 3 m in height. It originates from the tropical areas of India. The foliage has a strong pungent aroma and is highly desired for its flavour in Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. It is drought tolerant, very…
How to Grow Artichokes in Perth
Learn how to grow Artichoke, an unusual vegetable that can be surprisingly rewarding to grow in a Mediterranean climate like Perth.
How To Grow Asparagus in Perth
Learn how to grow Asparagus in Perth gardens, this is a complete guide to soil conditions, watering, fertilising and harvesting.
How To Grow Blueberries in Perth
Learn how to select, plant and successfully grow delicious Blueberries in your backyard garden.
How To Grow Bromeliads in Perth
Bromeliads are fascinating ornamental plants which come from the tropical parts of America and are a member of the pineapple family; Bromeliaceae. They come in a brilliant range of sizes, shapes and colours. Their dominant feature is the brilliant foliage and flowers which give colour and texture to any display. This fact sheet looks at…
How To Grow Camelias in Perth
By Deryn Thorpe – this story appeared in Habitat in The West Australian on June 7 Each June I look forward to the spectacular blooms of the sasanqua camellias which drop their petals to create colourful floral carpets beneath the shrubs. Sasanquas are the easiest camellias to grow in Perth and SWWA and have mostly…
How to Grow Daphne in Perth
Daphne odora Daphne odora is the most commonly grown Daphne in Australia. It is desired for its prolific show of dense, highly scented flowers in late winter to spring. They form a dense, low shrub of 1m and are a perfect accompaniment to a cottage garden or rockery. Daphnes prefer rich, well drained, slightly acid…
How to Grow Dwarf Fruit Trees in Perth
Learn how to grow dwarf fruit trees in your Perth garden, including plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots, lemons and apples.
How To Grow Goji Berries in Perth
Learn how to select, plant and grow popular Goji Berries in your own garden, high in antioxidants and vitamin C.
How To Grow Mangos in Perth
Mangifera indica The mango is native to Southern Asia, especially Burma and eastern India. The mango tree makes an excellent large specimen tree, providing year round shade. They are erect and fast growing in ideal conditions. They are a long lived tree and can grow to 20m in height. Mangos are self fertile so a…
How to Grow Paw Paws in Perth
The Paw paw – also known as the papaya – is a fast growing small to medium tree that originates from South America.It is often cultivated as a garden tree due to its attractive shape, foliage and of course the delicious fruit it produces.
How To Grow Pomegranates in Perth
The pomegranate tree is a hardy and attractive tree with its summer show of vibrant red flowers followed by large, round, red fruit. It can be used as a feature plant, hedging or container specimen. Native to Northern India and Iran, it grows to around 4m and is deciduous, multi-stemmed, spiny and long lived. The…
How To Grow Quince in Perth
Learn how to plant and grow beautiful Quinces in your Perth garden, one of the best small trees for a home garden.
How To Grow Water Lilies in Perth
Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae) are an aquatic plant adored for their large glossy floating leaves and multi petalled, colourful flowers. They originate from temperate and subtropical regions and adapt very well to Perth’s climatic conditions. We stock the ‘hardy’ species, which means the flower sits gently on the water surface, as opposed to raised above it…
How To Grow Wisteria in Perth
By Deryn Thorpe – this story appeared in Habitat in The West Australian on June 14 I love wandering around bushland in late June and July when the vibrant purple flowers of Hardenbergia start scrambling through the undergrowth. Known colloquially as native wisteria, the plant is also a popular garden shrub or climber available in…
How to Manage Frost in Perth Gardens
In winter, gardeners in Perth’s hills and inland areas keep an eye out for frost which occurs when temperatures fall to 0 degrees C or below when the weather is calm and the ground moist. Most plants that originated in cool climates show no ill effects from a dusting of frosty ice crystals. However, we…
How To Pre-Order Deciduous Trees in Perth
Many of the deciduous trees we love to grow in Perth are only available once a year – for a brief window in mid to late winter. This is because it is only safe to transport them the long distance from where they are grown to us here in Perth when they are dormant. Deciduous…
How to Treat Peach Leaf Curl
Autumn has arrived and stone fruit trees such as peaches, nectarines, apricots are starting to lose their leaves. This is the time to spray for Peach Leaf Curl. If left untreated, this disease affects fruit production and can get worse and worse each year. Leaves with leaf curl appear thick and lumpy, can change colour…
Just the Right Amount of Water
Learn how much water to use for your plants – not too much, not too little. Under-watering and over-watering are both problems you want to avoid.
Leucahdendrons are perfect for Perth. Colorful, hardy and low maintenance they are the perfect feature plant in the garden.
More Trees in Less Space – Duo planting
Plant two trees in the same hole for edible crops in small gardens.
Planting Citrus Trees in Perth
Learn how to plant out citrus trees in Perth, including soil preparations, fertilising, watering and pruning.
Planting Guide for Bagged Trees in Perth
Learn how to successfully plant out bagged trees to grow in Perth’s unique soil and weather conditions, including how much water and fertiliser to use.
Turn Clay Into Garden Soil
To reduce the watering requirements of your plants you need to look beyond the green stuff and down to the brown stuff. Drought tolerant soil is crumbly, well drained and biologically active with a decent layer of slowly decaying mulch. Improving the health of your soil not only uses less water, but it saves you…
Turn Sand into Garden Soil
TURN SAND INTO GARDEN SOIL To reduce the watering requirements of your plants, you need to look beyond the green stuff and down to the brown stuff. Drought tolerant soil is crumbly, well drained and biologically active with a decent layer of slowly decaying mulch. Improving the health of your soil not only uses less…