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Yes, but Emily didn’t have to dig the bluebells up!

Despite Emily Bronte's affection for them, gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has a word of warning about the English bluebell; it spreads like wildfire and could be a menace for the small garden.  

Deep in industrial Mitchell, a little patch of country

Reporter KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK discovers an allotment-style garden in a thriving patchwork of flowers and veggies tucked away in the back of Mitchell.

The timeless lure of lemon-scented plants

Lemon-scented plants have been popular since ancient times for their culinary, medicinal and fragrant uses, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Go native for a splash of winter colour

The range of native plants in flower during the colder months puts a lie to the idea that winter gardens lack interest, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Winter shrubs for bigger blocks

Readers continue to ask for suggestions on hardy shrubs that provide colour in late autumn months and through the winter, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Rural haven evokes a nostalgic past for Lindy

With gardens established by the owner’s parents, Cambrey Farm in Pialligo is a rural haven that reflects the 80-year history of the farm, writes open gardens writer KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK.

Colour through the colder months

AS winter approaches, readers have asked gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT for suggestions on hardy shrubs that provide colour through the colder months.

A wander through flowers and trailing vines

A Queanbeyan homestead with a rich history and a pretty cottage garden, Langdene offers visitors a delightful wander through flowers and trailing vines at its upcoming open day. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK has the details...

Plant that keeps on keeping on

The problem with cut flowers is they don't last long, but among the odd exception is a remarkable Australian plant known the world over as the straw flower or everlasting daisy, writes CEDRIC BRYANT.

It’s time to be planting evergreens

“AUTUMN time is planting time”, as the saying goes, and time for putting in evergreen trees and shrubs., says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

The flower power of good pruning

WHEN I featured Crepe myrtles recently some readers have reported plants that have been in for several years were not flowering well. Crepe myrtles...

Sharing a neighbourly love of vegetables

ANNE Norris’ love of veggies is clear to see, with wicking beds taking over the lawn area in her pretty Spica Street, Giralang, garden that’s a delight of florals and foliage, writes KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK

Gardening / Stressed trees start shedding leaves

WITH summer's heat and minimal rainfall our trees are suffering. As the water table continues to fall, trees are already starting to shed their...

Open garden / Christine’s magical garden of mystery

This week's OPEN GARDEN is one of mystery, magic and pleasure. Just ask owner Christine. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK did...

Gardening / More to weeping than meets the eye

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has some important advice about pruning weeping cherry trees

Open Garden / Going for green, green and even weeds!

GREEN, green and more green, Joan O'Loughlin’s pretty cottage garden is abundant with foliage, including several varieties of weeds, which she admits she has...

Gardening / Of beetles, elms and ash trees

MORE than 60 million Dutch elm trees have died over the past century, but in Australia we are fortunate to not have the disease...

Gardening / Lovely flowers for late summer

ONE of the most colourful flowering shrubs for late summer/autumn is crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). With stunning colours from red to pink to white...

Gardening / A stinker, but not for perennials

A stinker of a hot summer maybe, but not for perennials, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Open Garden / Trudy’s year-round, edible garden

Trudy Yogini has created year-round, edible garden in Ainslie and it's open to the public soon.

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