Home & Garden

What to do and when to do it around Canberra’s gardens and homes

The passion for peonies

PEONIES are aptly described as: “Whilst the flowers of the tree peony are extravagant and sumptuous, the herbaceous kinds are smaller, but have a...

An easy fruit that needs little love

THINK fruit, and our minds usually turn to varieties such as apples, pears, peaches and nectarines, which all need constant attention and chemicals to...

Stories trees could tell

THE biggest community tree-planting and nature-care day specifically for Australian trees – National Tree Day – is on Sunday, July 29. National Tree Day was...

Long appeal of popular plants

DOGWOODS and Viburnums are two of the most popular plants grown. A deciduous dogwood in flower presents a spectacular sight. One of the most popular species...

Winter’s warm bloomers

Winter is not necessarily devoid of flowers, says CEDRIC BRYANT

Anxious? Stressed? Hug a tree, says Hugh

Planting, nurturing, pulling weeds and trimming edges is a very satisfying way to have things under control in our lives, Australia’s pre-eminent social researcher Hugh Mackay tells KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK

Time to get the roses in

IT is that time of the year for planting roses, the world’s favourite shrub. Roses are now in stock at garden centres with an overwhelming...

Evergreen promise of flowers

RECENTLY, I discussed deciduous shrubs for a spring display. This week, are suggestions of evergreen shrubs for late winter/early spring flowers. While I have mentioned...

How sheets led Sarah to a life in linen

VINTAGE patterned sheets from the 1970s are the inspiration behind Oh Mabel – a little linen label by Canberran Sarah Power. The 32-year-old public servant...

Magnolia – it’s spring’s great floral wonder

ONE of the great floral wonders of spring is the magnolia. Almost all magnolias were introduced into the western world by early plant hunters...

Jenny takes a shine to lampshades

FORMER Canberran Jenny Coleman and her business partner Kelly Edington are making their mark with their label Seven Dandelions – creating funky lampshades, cushions and...

New Anzac Hebe goes on parade

“GARDEN”, from the French “jardin”, by definition in the dictionary is “a piece of ground for the cultivation of plants, herbs, fruit, flowers or...

Little green fingers make a good start

LIKE many Canberra gardeners, they had an average tomato crop this year, but overall it was a successful harvest for the little green fingers...

Windflowers brighten dull days

ANEMONE hupehensis or Japanese Windflowers provide a real statement of colour in autumn. The most common variety has white flowers that give a real lift...

Outer suburbs are hot for sellers

MACGREGOR is the hottest sellers’ suburb in the ACT, according to website realestate.com.au It shows eight of the top 10 sellers’ markets in February were located...

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...

Beautiful testament to hard work

THE fruitful abundance of the beautiful mountain garden at 1386 Urila Road, Burra, is testament to the hard work of the garden creators and...

Grip of glorious autumn

AUTUMN, glorious autumn. After a miserable summer this is shaping to be a perfect autumn. I always prefer autumn to spring; certainly, the weather is...

Where old turns funky

ONE person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That’s the philosophy of Old School Industries, a new business that creates one-of-a-kind homewares and furniture by...

Pretty glimpse of autumn in a country cottage garden

A COTTAGE-STYLE garden shelters privately behind shady deciduous trees and densely planted boundaries of plums, hawthorns and photinias at 27 Modbury Street, Bungendore. Surrounding an...




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HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts, events and shows in Canberra


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