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.
ON THE SHELF PLANTS • A selection of bulbs, fruit trees and fragrant flowers to plant now
ON THE SHELF BOOKS
MAD for MONSTERA • These statement plants remain wildly popular with indoor plant lovers, and there are plenty of distinctive cultivars to whet the collector’s appetite, writes TAMMY HUYNH
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dressed TO impress • On the street or in the garden, the ivory curl tree is a knockout, writes MARIANNE CANNON
THE Seasonal pot • Bring colour and interest to your garden well into autumn with these arrangements. Choose a cool, fresh ‘meadow’ or an adventurous, colourful ‘explosion’ – or both!
CARE FOR YOUR POT
meet the gardener BOB CHERRY • We took our first look around Bob’s garden in the October issue. This month, we return to dig a little deeper into his lifelong passion for breeding better plants for home gardens
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BLAZING a trail • Horticulturist and environmentalist CLIVE BLAZEY shares his thoughts on the role that trees – both native and exotic – might play in mitigating the effects of climate change, and shaping a better future for us all
lockdown landscapes • Two Sydneysiders share how gardening saved their sanity during lockdown
Summer care • Mid to late summer is the time to groom your rose bushes in preparation for their last hoorah – a final flurry of blooms in autumn before they settle into winter dormancy.
home hacks • Whether your permaculture life is grounded in an acreage or a suburban backyard, balcony or street verge, there are many ways to reduce your footprint, says HANNAH MOLONEY
Please don’t eat the DAHLIAS • Plants have a long history of being eaten, but others, if ingested, can irritate, kill and maim. JACKIE FRENCH dishes up a few edible surprises – and others to avoid at all costs
IN THE PATCH
HEALESVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN • This thriving patch is producing more than food, using the power of art to engage more deeply with the broader community, writes SALLY FELDMAN
PATCH GROW • Silverbeet is versatile, easy to grow, and offers months of harvests, says PHIL DUDMAN
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GOOD as NEW • If your potted edibles are under-performing, it could be that the potting mix has simply run out of juice! STEVE FALCIONI explains how to revive it
what l’ve learnt about... MACADAMIAS • A little food and water can really boost growth on these tough rainforest natives, writes MARCELLE NANKERVIS
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TV • Gardening Australia resumes Friday, February 18, 2022 at 7.30pm on ABC TV
The big picture • The stillness of late summer can be slow for some, but there are always ways to add a bit of sparkle to your garden, says MICHAEL McCOY