Innovative, informative and provocative ideas about how to be self-sufficient in a tiny mini-plot space or country orchard, whechervour garden is in tropical Darwin or cold Hobarc.
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“Just 5 hours gardening a week is all ic takes to grow your tomatoes, avocados, citrus and flowers, if you follow our advice from our best selling Diggers book Ike Australian Fruit & Vegetable Garden” says founder of Hie Diggers Club Clive Blazev.
“Grow heirloom fruit and vegetables organically — our varieties are full of fibre, never casteless or bland like supermarket produce. All planes are sent direcdy to your door from our mail order nurserv.”
Here are some of the latest plant and book releases, plus a selection of new products, which can be found in nurseries or online
1 Best suited to semi-shaded areas, the coral bells hybrid Heuchera ‘Dolce Brazen Raisin’ adds colour and interest with its dark maroon foliage and soft pink blooms, which appear in mid-summer. Plants are pest and disease resistant, and will spread if fertilised in the warmer months, provenwinners.com.au
2 Convolvulus maurilanicus ‘New Blue Moon’ has been bred with a more dense form than its predecessor C. ‘Blue Moon’, giving it improved weed-suppression capabilities. It boasts the same prolific flower display as the original groundcover favourite ‘Blue Moon’, and is happy in well-drained soil in garden beds or baskets. Plants are waterwise once established, pga.com.au
3 The flowers on Hibiscus ‘Cherry Cheesecake’ look good enough to eat – they reach up to 20cm in diameter and bloom from mid-summer until early autumn. The plant forms a large clump of bushy, dark green foliage, and prefers a position with full sun or semi shade. Drovenwinners.com.au
4 Bring the garden to life after winter with the silvery mauve Crocus ‘Vanguard’. Bulbs do well in sunny spots and well-drained soil, but also tolerate light shade, such as under a deciduous tree – especially in temperate zones. Once established, each bulb can produce up to four flowers, tesselaar.net.au
5 The large-cupped ‘Sunlover’ daffodil has a deep orange, ruffled centre (or corona) that sits proudly amid its lemony yellow petals (or perianth). Flowering early to mid season, the bulbs should be placed in soil prepared with well-rotted organic matter a few weeks before planting, tesselaar.net.au