Winter in the Garden: Now its winter, what can you do in the garden? Frosts: Your frost tender plants will need protection. Vegetables can be covered in a cloche, while tender ornamentals can have frost cloth put over them. Ideally build a greenhouse! I have just built mine. General: You can use old leaves make […]
Using well constructed coloured aluminium planters made by Ulrich Aluminium with matching pots. Hrdy natives have been used eg Hebe, Grisleinia, Lobelia, Xeronema, Senecio. Automatic irrigation has been used and spike lighting in the pots.
Spring Newsletter: Attracting Birds in the garden Since we have been locked down recently and last year a common comment is the bird life seems to be more active. It may be because there is less background noise or the birds feel freer to move about. A lot of my clients ask how can I […]
SUCCULENTS Fashions for plants come and go. At one stage, cottage garden plants were all the rage. Native plants have become more popular recently, as have succulent plants. Succulent plants are a group of plants known as xerophytes, or “dry plants”. Succulents store water in their stems or leaves, and can therefore tolerate very dry […]
Courtyard makeover with lighting effects A new deck, fences, low planters, walls, steps and lights making a wonderful outdoor space for all hours.
Now summer is almost here we are having cold snaps followed by warm spells. All the rain means our lawns are greener than ever. Plants like roses are thriving with the moister conditions too. So what is a good plan leading to holidays? Lawns: if you haven’t fertilised your lawns yet, then apply a slow […]
This garden is next to a coastal inlet so needs plants that tolerate salt winds. As the soil is sandy and free draining, irrigation was used to help plants over the drier months. The large pohutukawa at the front were thinned and reduced to keep a screen but not to create too much shade. The […]
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs: At this time of year, those deciduous trees and shrubs that lose all their leaves at once are most noticeable. For example, liquidamber has leaves that are very intense red in late autumn. It forms a strong contrast to the greens of the native trees, and provides a focal point of […]
I often get asked about how to control weeds in the lawn, especially when you have weeds such as clover or hydrocotyle, which are very difficult to remove manually. You may decide to resort to herbicides. As a rule you have to be very careful with herbicides around desirable ornamentals, especially when using chemicals like […]
Well the year is just about over. I thought I would avoid talking about the weather, but it always seems to have a big influence on plant growth. We are now having strong, drying winds and long dry spells with occasional downpours. Often bigger trees miss out on lighter rains, as the top part of […]