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Welcoming visitors to a ‘dear old garden’

KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK previews an upcoming open garden – historic Lambrigg at Tharwa. 

Plant now for amazing autumn colour

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT says now's the time to get looking for colourful autumn trees. 

To be sure, pick your own bulbs

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT has a view about ordering bulbs on line. Don't!

Pretty and productive inner-city organic garden

PROVING the “pretty and productive potential of a suburban block”, Michele and Andrew England’s no-waste, organic garden in Braddon provides year-round food and flowers. rep[ortds KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK.

Autumn and the leaves are likely to fall sooner

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT says the leaves are going to be falling earlier this year and summer is to blame. 

Truly time for holly to step up

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT remembers he'd forgotten to write about holly... for decades! 

Autumn’s afoot, asters are appearing!

Historical asters flower in late summer and throughout autumn, and they’re already popping up, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Celebrating the crinkled, colourful beauty of crepe myrtles 

Hardy crepe myrtle is long-flowering, suits small gardens and even the bark is stunning, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Time to give hellebores the ‘Chelsea chop’

Extreme, but effective… gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says it's time to cut back hellebore leaves to ground level.

Gardening / The summer of our discontent

There was rain, hail, dust, smoke and fire... it's been a challenging summer in the garden, says CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Back to the garden, but no despair!

NOW the holidays have mostly passed, it's time to reassess the garden and with the extremes of recent weather, it can be rather a pitiful sight.

Fill up the bird bath, blackbird has spoken

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT can’t imagine a garden without the sound and antics of birds.

Pleasing perennials for the Canberra climate 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT suggests filling the garden with hardy perennials that thrive in the heat.

Drought-hardy cistus is a comforting sight

Cistus is the perfect drought-resistant plant and its large, fragrant flowers are stunning in early summer, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Cedric’s dreaming of a red Christmas

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT suggests presenting a brilliant show of real red plants for the Christmas table. 

Make the most of of summer watering

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT reveals the most effective method for watering garden beds in the face of a hot, dry summer.  

Flowering feijoa is simply the best

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says feijoa makes an excellent evergreen hedge. 

Trees take gardens to new heights

A garden is not really a garden without trees, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Open garden / Cottage garden goes back to the future

Four gardens in Bungendore will close the spring season for Open Gardens Canberra over the November 23-24 weekend. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK visits one of them, a sustainable cottage garden...

Climbing clematis thrives on neglect

Clematis is a magnificent climber that  thrives almost on neglect, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

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