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Artichoke with a majestic presence

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is transfixed by the "majestic" globe artichoke, a very decorative plant that can be grown for its silver leaves and huge, thistle-like flowers or as a vegetable.

Making the most of euphorbia

One of gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT's favourites is the euphorbia family. And it's a big family with more than 2000 members!

Avoid tears at rose-planting time

It's rose-planting time and every year gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT getS questions from readers on why their new roses have died. Here's the answer...

Joy of a silver birch against a blue sky

"There are few more stunning sights than the golden yellow leaves of silver birch against a clear, blue sky," writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Good time to sort out the garden

Winter is the ideal time to reassess your garden. It’s looking bare, the leaves have fallen and there will be few flowers until the bulbs emerge in spring. Take take a slow walk around the garden and make plans, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Look out for the rare, red wattle

With some rare plants it’s best to buy them when you can. One such is Acacia leprosa “Scarlet Blaze”, the red wattle, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Got to love those no-fuss perennials

Garden writer CEDRIC BRYANT loves perennials because they don't need constant replanting like annuals. He says they're ideal for dividing for extra plants and most can be readily grown from seed.

Time to get pruning deciduous trees and plants

Now's the time for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

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

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