As the days shorten for winter, Poinsettias are triggered into bloom, producing a Christmas in July for us southern hemisphere gardeners.
Locate your Poinsettia in a bright location, avoiding direct sunlight in the hottest hours of the day.
Poinsettia need to be watered thoroughly, however make there is adequate drainage available as to not drown the plant or cause root rot.
After winter, cut back your Poinsettia to roughly six inches from the pots rim and allow for new growth.
Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum)
An easy to grow, fun plant, the Desert Rose are unique among their class because they develop a swollen trunk to retain water for times a drought. The fatter the trunk, the healthier the plant.
1) Position in full sun.
2) Make sure it is planted in well draining soil
3) Keep the soil of your desert rose relatively moist in the months of Spring and Summer, but reduce your water in Winter when your plant is naturally dormant.
Dracaena Draco - Dragon Tree
The dragon tree (dracaena draco) is an evergreen tree that is strikingly different. It hosts a range of unique features, including grey – green, spiky foliage, a white-creamy flower, and berries that are bright orange in colour. These trees can grow over 10 meters high and 15 meters wide, however they are extremely slow growing and can 25 years to reach just 3 meters tall.
As a young plant, dracaena draco and its sword like leaves makes a perfect feature plant. It only gets better with age, as its branches fork and flowers begin to bloom, transforming it into a living piece of art.
Dragon trees thrive in full sunlight, however be careful of the hot afternoon sun, especially in summer. A bit of shade to protect it from these conditions is perfect.
Ensure your plant is in extremely free draining soil, as wet roots can be fatal.
If you are growing your dragon tree in the garden, rainfall should be sufficient for water once the plant is established. If potted, you will need to water it occasionally, when the soil is dry to the touch.
Euphorbia Fire Sticks
Euphorbia Fire Sticks
The sculpture-like branches and brilliant colours of the euphorbia fire sticks look amazing planted in a pot or your garden. Colder climates will see the colours of the plant become more intense, and it is at it’s best in winter months. The sap of the euphorbia is toxic, so avoid contact of the skin.
Position in a sunny to bright light location.
Water thoroughly to establish your plant, then keep your soil moist.
Prune lightly to ensure a compact and colourful plant.
Summer Scent - Radermachera
Summer Scent (Radermachera)
Summer Scent is an ideal screening option for any garden and loves the conditions of South East Queensland. As the name suggests, it has beautiful, fragrant flowers. If in the right conditions, these plants are fast growers and can reach up to 4m high and 3m wide.
Position in full sun or part shade.
Once established, it can survive drought periods, however make sure to water thoroughly and regularly when first planted.
Prune your Summer Scent to encourage dense growth.
Plant in well-draining soil
Snow Maiden - Rhaphiolepis
Snow Maiden is an evergreen hedging shrub that is very hardy. In summer and the warmer months it has soft-scented, pink-white flowers that contrast beautifully against the deep green foliage.
Until your plant becomes established, mulch and water thoroughly.
Prune your Snow Maiden after flowering to encourage compact growth and flowering.
Position in full sun to promote the best flowering.
Little Dugald - Metrosideros
Little Dugald is a small, evergreen shrub that can grow to be 1 to 2 metres high, and 1 metre wide. During late spring and summer, these shrubs produce beautiful red flowers, attracting native birds to your garden.
Position in full sun or part shade for best results
Prune after flowering to promote a compact appearance
Plant in well draining soil
This evergreen shrub is a great addition to any garden and is perfect as informal hedge. The Gardenia Magnifica flowers in Spring and Summer with beautiful, white, fragrant blooms.
Position in full sun or part shade
Once established, water a moderate amount to keep your plant happy
After flowering, lightly prune your Gardenia to promote future growth and flowering.
Brunfelsia Latifolia is a stunning, scented shrub that is perfect for our humid environment. In Spring, these gorgeous plants produce purple flowers that fade to lilac and white, giving it the common name of ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.’ They are great for hedging and grow up to 1m tall.
Plant these beauties singularly, or around 30cm apart if forming a hedge.
This is a very hardy plant that loves to be positioned in full sun.
Prune after flowering to ensure dense growth and flowering for the next season.
Water regularly until established.
We have several daisy varieties in store that produce gorgeous, fragrant flowers. They love full sun and reward you with stunning flowers each spring.
Olive trees are a great addition to any garden, not only for their fruit, but also their great looks and heat and drought tolerance. Olive trees have stunning silver green leaves and can grow up to 7 meters tall. Your olive tree is great for shade or hedging, or as a feature plant in the garden.
Locate your olive tree where it will receive full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Plant and water your olive tree thoroughly and consistently until it becomes established. Once established, olive trees are some of the most drought resistant trees in the world.
If you are planning on pruning your olive trees, just remember that they fruit on branches that have grown from the previous spring and summer. Cutting of this growth this will reduce the potential for fruit in the following season.
Dipladenia White Delight
Dipladenias could be the best flowering pot plant that you ever own. Their hardy nature and stunning flowers have made it a favourite in Australian gardens. They can be used as a climber or small shrub.
Position in full sun however in the hot summer months, it can be beneficial to position your dipladenia in partial afternoon shade.
If you leave your dipladenia, it will grow to a certain height before the runners will spill over the sides of your pot. Train your dipledenia by adding a stake to the base of the trunk. This will give it a more solid trunk, encouraging it to have a bushy, shrublike habit. Alternatively, if you want your dipladenia to climb, install a pot frame and wind its runners up the frame as it grows
Prune annually for best results
Impatiens are bright annuals that can lighten up any corner of your garden.
Impatiens require regular watering until they are well established in the ground. They will tell you when they require water and will wilt quickly.
They enjoy well draining soil and to be positioned in partial shade.
Pots of Colour
Iceberg Floribunda Rose
One of the most popular of all roses, the Iceberg rose bloom during spring and summer months. Each stunning flower can have 30-40 petals.
Apply a slow release fertiliser every 6 to 9 weeks.
Water your Iceburg 2 to 3 times a week during spring, and upwards of 4 times a week in summer. Watch out for wilting leaves.
During the plant’s dormant, winter months, prune it to promote new growth for spring.
Honeysuckles are heat tolerant and attractive additions to any garden. They have a lovely fragrance and will draw in wildlife with their yellow blossoms.
Geranium Big Red
These beautiful evergreen plants will bring bright impact to your garden. They have large double blossoms that sit atop stunning green leaves. They are great planted or trailing in hanging baskets.
Suitable in areas of full sun or part shade
Flowers for most of the year
Water frequently until established. Once established, they require little water.
Murraya Paniculata Min-a-Min
One of the most popular plants year round, the Murraya Paniculata has many appealing features, including its fragrance, flowers, fine foliage, and ease-of-care. They are naturally low growing making them easy to prune and shape as low growing hedges.
Plant in well draining soil in full sun
Water and mulch your plant regularly until established
Prune after flowering to maintain your desired shape.
Ideal for using as borders or edging, agapanthus is an easy to grow addition to your garden. They bloom vibrant blue or white flowers in summer and have vibrant green leaves perfect for brightening up your garden.
Plant in early Spring so that your Agapanthus flowers in summer
Water regularly to help your plant establish a strong root system and once established, allow the soil to dry between waters.
To help with propagation, make sure to divide the root clumps every or so years in early spring, after the plants have flowered
Cardboard Cycad - Zamir Fufuracea
These are one of the most popular cycads in Australia. It’s a very versatile option for your garden, with rounded leaflets and a hardy nature. It can be used in areas of your garden that have a high foot traffic due to the rounded leaves, where the spiky leaves of other cycads would not suit.
Position in full sun or part shade
Make sure your plant is in well draining soil and keep the water up to it.
Originating in Bolivia, these rainbow chilli plants are a beautiful addition to any garden. The peppers start out a deep purple colour, before changing to yellow, to orange, to red. All stages of the pepper can be present on the plant at the same time, creating a stunning colour display. The plant will produce peppers all year round, but be careful because they pack a punch.