Captivating Climbers

Captivating Climbers

Climbing plants can be used to provide depth and complexity to simple gardening spaces. They’re also wonderful for providing shade when it’s really sunny, dampening noise, and hiding plain walls or structures. With the right care and choice of plant, they’ll certainly bring a lot of joy to your garden. A climbing plant is a plant which climbs up trees and other tall objects. They can be trained up a wooden or metal trellis, or you can grow them up fences or wall, and even an arch. Be sure to ensure that whatever support system you choose is durable and can withstand the weight. Some climbers are heavier than they look. In general, you should plant your new climber approximately 30cm away from the base of your support structure so water can reach the roots of your plant. You can lightly trim your climber around autumn-winter to keep them from getting messy. Here are some Austraflora favourites: Hardenbergia Free n Easy Hardenbergia Happy Duo Hardenbergia Happy Wanderer Pandorea Wonga Gold Sunrise Pandorea Lady Di (Article written with help from...
A Weed-Free Wonderland

A Weed-Free Wonderland

Ahh weeding. A laborious chore that many of us find quite intimidating. The Austraflora Team have put together a few tips to make weeding that bit easier! Weed at the right time –  It’s so much easier to pull weeds out properly after watering or rain when the ground is still damp. Apply mulch to your garden – As well as locking in moisture and adding nutrients to your soil, mulch is very handy for stamping out the light to weeds. Plant groundcovers – Give your weeds some competition and plant some groundcovers in your garden to provide a green layer that’ll stamp out weeds. Only dig when you need to – Lots of weed seeds and rhizomes can lay underground dormant until they are brought to the top by a fork or shovel. Don’t let weeds mature – If you’re having trouble getting a weed out, sometimes the best you can do is simply snip the flowers before they go to seed. Don’t wait for a weeding day – Do a little bit at a time as you’re walking around the...
Summer Gardening

Summer Gardening

During the summer there’s plenty of ways for you to enjoy your garden! Here’s a few tips from the Austraflora Team 🙂 Keep your plants happy and healthy by watering them in either the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid midday when the sun will evaporate all the water away. Apply lots of organic mulch to lock in the moisture as well. Seaweed tonic is great to give your plants a boost and keep them growing strong. To avoid crispy plants, create a shelter over your plants with some shade cloth. If your plant is in a light-weight pot you can move it into the shade. If your plant has already experienced some sun damage, don’t remove the burnt foliage just yet! These burnt leaves will protect your healthy leaves from future damage. Wait until the weather gets cooler in Autumn before pruning back. Pop some splashes of colour in your garden – whether it be flowers, foliage or treating yourself to some new decor. If it’s too hot outside, browse magazines or online for some inspiration to keep yourself motivated and connected to your garden. Have breakfast or dinner out in the garden when the sun isn’t as hot. What better way to enjoy your outdoor space! Plant some Leptospermum Mozzie Blocker to keep the bugs at bay. The oil vaporising from the small fine foliage confuses mosquitoes and other annoying insects, thus making your outdoor leisure time much more pleasant. We recommend planting them in large containers with a good quality potting mix. Leptospermum Mozzie Blocker produces pink tea tree flowers along its fine stems in summer. Gorgeous! Featured photo: “Eucalyptus rhodantha” by Helen...
Cheers to 2017!

Cheers to 2017!

Another fabulous year for Austraflora! Over 2017 we saw our Facebook page followed by 38,000 people. As always, we have loved interacting will you all, and we’re delighted to hear that so many of you are interested in what we have to say. Your enthusiasm and involvement has been terrific! Our annual Photography Competition launched for the sixth time, and we received 2,000 photos of Australian flora, nature and landscapes. Photographers of all skill levels entered; it was a great mix of professional and amateur. Both Canon and Fiskars contributed prizes, and Austraflora provided flights, accommodation and tickets to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for the first place winner, David Ashley. The 12 winning photos were featured in our 2018 Austraflora Calendar. Well done to our shortlisters, finalists, and winners! It was a tough one this year. During December (it still counts, right?) we launched the Austraflora Photography Club! We’re still finding our feet, but in the first week of opening it already had 180 members. It’s a Facebook Group, that has content perpetuated by members with the odd contribution by the Austraflora Team. We hope that in 2018 it’ll continue to be a hive of activity, and become a place where you guys share and enjoy each other’s work. The Austraflora website continued to be a popular source of information for growers, retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Our articles page “Dishing The Dirt” reached over 100 blog posts this year! Lots of lovely new plants have been added to our range, and there’s more to come! A HUGE thank you to our friends at Fiskars, Searles, Northcote Pottery and Canon for your...
Native Birth Flowers

Native Birth Flowers

January February March April May July August September October November December January – Hibbertia (Hibbertia Sun Shine) February – Brachyscome (Brachyscome Magenta Bliss) March – Grevillea (Grevillea Little Robyn) April – Eremophila (Eremophila Winter Gold) May – Crowea (Crowea Edna Walling) June – Hardenbergia (Hardenbergia Happy Duo) July – Adenanthos (Adenanthos Silver Sensation) August – Correa (Correa Dusky Bells) September – Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Euky Dwarf) October – Callistemon (Callistemon Betka Beauty) November – Leptospermum (Leptospermum Starry Night) December – Banksia (Banksia Cherry Candles) (Featured image “Corymbia Summer Beauty” by Sabine...