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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-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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

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 available mean that plants come in all different sizes.  There is bound to be one suitable for everything from a small pot on a balcony to a garden bed…

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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 Potatoes in Perth

Growing Potatoes in Perth

Seed potatoes are easy to grow and they are absolutely delicious.

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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.

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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.

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How to Control Nematodes in Perth

Learn how to control root knot nematodes in Perth gardens, which can abound in sandy unimproved soils.

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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…

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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.

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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.

Growing Blueberries in Perth

How To Grow Blueberries in Perth

Learn how to select, plant and successfully grow delicious Blueberries in your backyard garden.

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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 dazzling foliage and flowers which give colour and texture to any display. This fact sheet looks at…

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How To Grow Camellias in Perth

Camellias are renowned for their beautiful glossy green foliage and the spectacular show of blooms that brighten up any garden from autumn to spring. Established with well-prepared soil and in the right location, Camellias are hardy and easy to look after. Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica are the two varieties best suited to the Perth…

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How to Grow Daphne in Perth

Daphne odora Daphne is highly prized for its prolific show of dense, deliciously fragrant flowers in late winter to spring. Daphne odora is the most commonly grown Daphne in Australia. It forms a dense, low shrub of 1m with thick leathery dark green leaves. It can be shaped or hedged, is a perfect accompaniment to…

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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.

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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.

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How To Grow Mangoes 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. Most can be managed at 3-7m…

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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. 

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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…

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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.

Growing Water Lilies in Perth

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…

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How To Grow Wisteria in Perth

Wisteria is a very popular ornamental climber, which is covered in glorious racemes of scented flowers in spring. The most commonly grown vines are Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) or Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda). These are all deciduous and grow vigorously in spring/summer. Wisteria needs a strong support and provides excellent summer shade when grown over…

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How to Manage Frost in Perth Gardens

In winter, gardeners in Perth’s hills and inland areas need to keep an eye out for frost. This 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.…

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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

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…

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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.

Luscious Leucadendrons

Luscious Leucadendrons

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

More Trees in Less Space – Duo planting

Plant two trees in the same hole for edible crops in small gardens.

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Planting Citrus Trees in Perth

Learn how to plant out citrus trees in Perth, including soil preparations, fertilising, watering and pruning.

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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

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

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…