Gardening / When a garden makes scents

A GOOD time to enjoy the scents of the garden is in the still of a warm evening. Along the drive in our garden is...

Gardening / The man who found fragrance

THE contribution of Englishman David Austin, one the world’s most famous rosarians, to growers worldwide cannot be underestimated. Austin, who recently turned 90 years old,...

Gardening / Leaves, leaves, glorious leaves

THIS week is all about leaves, glorious leaves, an inescapable part of autumn in Canberra. While it’s also a season considerably more predictable than...

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.

Banksias are the natives to beat

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

No better time for the beauty of bottles

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT celebrates the spectacular bottle tree. 

Great time to explore garden

THERE has never been a better time to visit the Australian National Botanic Gardens, especially if you are a visitor to Canberra and have...

Orchid show celebrates anniversaries

CANBERRA is hosting the South and West Regional Orchid Show and Conference this year, which will attract plants from as far away as Albury,...

Gardening / One bite and you’re hooked!

  IT is surprising the number of people who have not tried eating persimmons and yet those who have immediately love the delicious flavour. My own...

Gardening / Taking care of tree ferns

UP to 80 per cent of tree ferns die due to lack of information about siting and watering requirements. Tree ferns, or Dicksonia antarctica,...

Gardening / Spring delights of the pearl bush

SPRING is one of the most exciting times in the gardening calendar and the Pieris family, commonly called pearl bush (the panicles of flowers...

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...

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.

Crabapple’s fragrant blossoms in bloom

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT praises the crabapple for its abundance of fragrant flowers in spring.

Start thinking summer, now!

THE last month of autumn continues with glorious weather and regular rain to keep the garden looking its best. With thoughts of a cold winter...

gardening / The priority is to get planting

AS the second month of a very mild winter begins, there is so much to do in the garden, but where to start? I think...

Get carried away into autumn

WHEN we had our nursery in Yass, 25 years ago, the traditional time to plant was spring. In the US, garden centres always recommended autumn...

Gardening / Of annuals, biennials and perennials…

FOR anyone new to gardening, some terms may be confusing. To clarify a few expressions of gardening jargon: Annuals are planted for flowering...

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 / 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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