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Make the best use of fallen leaves

Deciduous trees are shedding the last of their summer coat for brilliant autumn shades before they fall, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

The art of espalier for smaller gardens

Traditionally, the best fruits to espalier are apples and pears, which are easily trained with new growth, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Plant blossoms to brighten the park

"We've had all the pleasure of the massed flower displays of Floriade over 20-odd years, but no blossom trees in spring to compliment this...

Gardening / ‘Mum’s the word for winter

The chrysanthemum is possibly the one plant, above almost all others, that symbolises winter, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

But wait, there’s more with the Wright approach

“But wait, there’s more” might well be the theme for Sue and Martin Wright’s Kambah garden, with well-established plantings creating maximum privacy around a series of outdoor rooms and secret spaces.

First frosts warn of what’s ahead

Prune deciduous trees and shrubs once they have lost their leaves, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Find hedges that flower and bring the birds

Hedges have been grown since time immemorial for a multitude of reasons, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Combine shrubs and perennials for colour

Winter doesn’t have to be a drab time in the garden, when colour can be provided with small evergreen shrubs combined with perennials, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Low-care ‘town garden’ of year-round colour 

John and Liz Baker will open their low-maintenance Griffith “town garden” the first time later this month.

Daylight saving means a change in planting

Winter need not be a time of dreary gardens and cloudy skies, for there is a wealth of colourful plants just waiting to be planted, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Canberra’s biblical garden is a hidden gem 

Over many years, I’ve been asked to create gardens with specific themes, from all-native to English-style, from Shakespearean to a biblical garden, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Merryl likes to mix it in her blended garden

Merryl Bradley’s “blended garden” combines veggie beds with striking foliage and ornamental shrubs carefully trimmed into curves. And she's opening it to the public.

Choose greys in the garden for a contrast to colour 

Silvery-grey foliage and white flowers don’t have to be boring, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Hail the season of mellow fruitfulness 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT welcomes autumn and outlines some of the important jobs that come with the change of season...

Demonstrating together how things can be grown

It's a group effort at the Horticultural Society of Canberra’s (HSOC) demonstration garden in Bruce, where veggies thrive alongside exquisite dahlias, heritage fruit trees, natives and roses.

Are you really prepared to look after fruit trees?

What with pruning, fertilising, battling pests and not having enough space, perhaps it’s easier to buy fruit fresh from an orchard, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

The secrets of successful propagating 

For little to no expense, add more plants to the garden this autumn, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

When the autumn leaves are an absolute windfall

Fallen leaves are often considered annoying and messy; however for most gardeners, they’re an absolute windfall, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Throw bulbs up and plant where they fall

Bulbs will look most effective if planted in drifts of the same colour or variety as one would see in nature or the wild, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Delicate cyclamen or a fairy ready to fly?

Some of the tiniest plants have the most exquisite flowers, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

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