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.

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.

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...

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...

Gardening / More to weeping than meets the eye

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

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.

Gardening / Spring bulbs are calling for attention

NOW, half-way through summer, it's time to start thinking about autumn planting. The next couple of months are a busy time for the home gardener...

Gardening / Make the most of watering

A NEW Year starts, but the garden’s new year began in spring when life emerged from the cold with a hundred shades of green...

Gardening / The lazy days of summer gardening

THE next few weeks are a quiet time in the garden and, with the welcome rain of the last few weeks, most are looking...

Gardening / A well-red column for Christmas

THE colour of Christmas is red, from the Father Christmas costume to plants decorating the Christmas table and poinsettia is also synonymous with its...

Gardening / Paws for thought in the garden

KANGAROO paws not only flower in summer, but some varieties can flower most of the year. One person who promotes kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos flavidus)...

Gardening / ‘Bells’ bring lots of flowers

CAMPANULAS or "Canterbury Bells", a favourite perennial in gardens for generations, flower from now until autumn and once the flowers finish the leaves remain...




Artists craft personality into earrings

Many are whimsical, most are elegant and all are skillfully made, writes MEREDITH HINCHLIFEE.


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