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.

Climbing clematis thrives on neglect

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

Banksias are the natives to beat

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT says Robert Brown could be Australia's forgotten botanist. 

Let’s talk about the bees and the trees

"I am repeatedly asked about the effect of climate change on gardening from individuals to groups. So let's consider a few facts..." here's this week's gardening column from CEDRIC BRYANT.

Every year, the annual decisions

Annuals have a place in most gardens; Floriade wouldn't survive without the infill of instant colour, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Getting excited about perennials

Can anyone really get excited about new plants? Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says he certainly can, especially with the incredible range of perennials.

Days of blossoms and new leaves 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is getting terribly excited about the extremely popular deciduous viburnums.

Spare a thought for the tried and true

Sometimes, in a rush to grow newer, better-flowering or improved disease-resistance plants, we may overlook many of the tried and true varieties, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Peonies, coming ready or not!

Peonies, pots, lawns and mulch catch the eye of gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT this week.

Gardening / Camellias grow their rewards

The camellia family is one of the most rewarding of ornamental plants, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Time for magnificent magnolias

Magnolias perform well in Canberra and now's the time to select these magnificent shrubs and trees in flower in garden centres, says CEDRIC BRYANT

Gardening / Spring comes in a bright, yellow splash

"Spring is all around with those brilliant yellow splashes of wattle, just one of a multitude of native flora in flower. The honey-eating birds don't know which flower to turn to next!" writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

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