Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.
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PLANTS • Here are three useful foliage plants to grow in beds or pots
Merry & BRIGHT • Add some festive cheer to your garden this Christmas – or any time of year in warmer climates – with a delightful Chinese lantern, writes STEVE FALCIONI
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autumn DARLINGS • Some bulbs have evolved to survive hot, dry summers underground, and pop up as the weather cools. JUDY HORTON shares her favourite autumn-flowering bulbs to plant now into beds or pots
haze of GLORY • Smoke bush produces an ethereal cloud of flowers and seed heads – just one of many reasons for its popularity with gardeners, writes JENNIFER STACKHOUSE
Summer survival • Aussie summers can be tough on a garden. Here are some of the challenges you’re likely to face, with ways to prepare and protect your plants, or to mop up and repair the damage on those occasions you get caught out
SHELTER ON THE GO
gifts FROM THE garden • There’s nothing quite like giving home-grown, handmade treats at Christmas time
THE perfect FOIL • Just as every cloud has a silver lining, a garden accentuated with drought-friendly, silver-leafed plants will always have you looking on the bright side, writes DERYN THORPE
getting IN THE zone • When starting down the permaculture path, creating a ‘map’ of your property and following some basic principles will make your journey easier, writes HANNAH MOLONEY
THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE
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mini trees FOR mini people • They say it’s the little things in life that matter, and when you’re choosing an ideal garden gift for kids, ‘little’ means a lot, writes JACKIE FRENCH
IN THE PATCH
meet the growers PIP & HUGO • For this young couple, finishing a decade-long project on their Tasmanian property is just the beginning, writes SALLY FELDMAN
PLANT IT NOW • Forget heat-sensitive crops... sweetcorn loves it hot, and is fun to grow, says PHIL DUDMAN
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set + forget • Keeping potted produce well watered can be a challenge, but with a simple DIY irrigation system, you can sit back and watch it grow, writes STEVE FALCIONI
what I’ve learnt about... RADICCHIO • This beautiful bitter leaf is definitely worth growing – just choose wisely and time it right, says MILLIE ROSS
NUTS & BOLTS
DECEMBER a month in the GARDEN • More than 50 seasonal jobs to do in your action planner
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TV • Gardening Australia is on ABC TV every Friday at 7.30pm, and repeated on Sunday at 1.30pm and on ABC iview.
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the big picture • A boundless budget doesn’t always determine success when you’re a gardener. In fact, it’s quite likely the opposite, writes MICHAEL McCOY
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