Angus Stewart

About Angus Stewart

Gardening Australia TV presenter, author of 'Creating an Australian Garden', 'Australian Plants for Year-round Colour' and 'Let's Propagate', garden travel guide, native plant specialist and breeder. Central Coast, NSW. Find out lots more about native plants at Gardening with Angus.

In ground worm farm In-ground worm farms for the time-poor gardener

How do you find the time to maintain a compost heap when you don’t even have the time to do the fun stuff in your garden? This is an increasing situation I am seeing with gardeners in urban areas. There is also a lack of space for the traditional compost heap. I commonly see people throwing their kitchen scraps in the general rubbish bin and the reason always given is that composting is just too hard and too much work. Continue reading

Red Dodonaea and Eucalyptus signals a welcoming entrance Grannes: Australian garden design for dry climates

Every so often, serendipitous encounters come along that challenge my thinking about plants and gardens. I recently had such an experience on a horticultural trip to The Grampians in Victoria. I was on assignment at the Pomonal Wildflower Show, an annual event that brings local plant enthusiasts from the area together to display the best native plant specimens from their gardens. All sorts of amazing people turn up to exchange wisdom about what, how and why they grow the native plants they do. Continue reading

Rhodanthe chlorocephala How to create an Australian wildflower meadow

The classic picture postcard from Western Australia is a carpet of everlasting daisies stretching to the horizon in one of the natural world’s most spectacular wild gardens. But is this something that you should try at home?? Well, judging by the results I have seen over the years at two of Australia’s premier Botanic Gardens, the answer is an emphatic yes. The annual displays at Kings Park Botanic Gardens in Perth, and The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan, NSW are a testimony to the fact that an Australian wildflower meadow is eminently achievable in cultivation. Continue reading

Barangaroo Point Park foreshore, southern end Barangaroo Point Park: a gamble with nature

The Barangaroo project on Sydney Harbour has already attracted a huge amount of publicity, a great deal of it negative. The mention of the name conjures images of a shiny multi-storey casino for high rolling overseas gamblers. However, this has unfortunately overshadowed (yes I did go there) the amazing landscape project that has been created that will extend the public’s access to the Sydney Harbour foreshore adjacent to the western side of the Harbour Bridge. Continue reading

Callistemon Endeavour  copy Goodbye Callistemon, and hello Melaleuca

I will find it hard to get used to saying Melaleuca as the new name for some of my favourite Australian plants such as ‘Captain Cook’, ‘Endeavour’ and ‘King’s Park Special’. But this is what it might come to if the botanical and horticultural world accepts a concerted push in the world of Australian botany to merge the genus Callistemon with its close relative Melaleuca. Continue reading

Using kangaroo paws in gardens Design Secret Gardens copy How to choose and grow kangaroo paws

I don’t have much luck with kangaroo paws!” As a breeder of kangaroo paw varieties for the last 30 years I have heard this statement far too often from Australian gardeners. Having been responsible for a number of the new cultivars available, I would like to give you my perspective on how to choose the right kangaroo paw for your own garden. Continue reading

Amalfi Coast, Italy Gardens of southern Italy & the Amalfi Coast

I have had the pleasure of leading a number of garden tours through some of the great gardens of Europe, but if pressed to nominate a favourite region, it would have to be the area of Italy from Rome south to the Amalfi Coast near Naples. Aside from the spectacular views from most of the gardens there, there is a surprising range of plants from sub-tropical species to all sorts of plants that thrive in temperate regions. Add in the rather hedonistic culture of the locals for the evening hours, and you have all the ingredients for a very memorable trip. Continue reading

Passiflora cinnabarina Photo Tony Rodd via Flickr Choosing an Australian climbing plant

With gardens getting smaller and smaller all the time, I am finding that there is increasing interest in climbing plants. These versatile plants can adapt to limited spaces, and are particularly well suited to horizontally-challenged gardeners. Anyone with a fence has an ideal opportunity to fill that vertical space with a climbing plant of some sort. Continue reading

How to prune a flowering gum copy How to prune a flowering gum

The red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) is one of the world’s most spectacular trees when in full bloom and in recent times the development of more compact cultivars that are propagated vegetatively (usually by grafting) has made this an even more popular choice as a feature tree for the garden. Continue reading

Cushion bush Mornington Peninsula form Photo Gardening With Angus3 Cushion Bush dreaming

One of my favourite Australian plants for the garden would have to be the cushion bush (Leucophyta brownii) with its amazing globe-like growth habit highlighted by the silvery glow-in-the-dark foliage and flowers. It is the perfect plant for salt-windswept coastal gardens and, well, really just gardens in general. Apart from being an almost zero maintenance plant that will win friends and influence passers-by, it is also one of a select bunch of Australian plants that can tolerate and even thrive in the alkaline soils that result from the limestone parent material that is often present where it grows in the wild. Continue reading

Ringtail possum Bloody possums!

Dame Edna Everage often greeted her audience with “Hello possums” and I wonder if her irreverence towards her devoted subjects may have had its roots in a possum problem in her Moonee Ponds garden. Having a possum in your backyard, of course, is a two-edged sword that is all about the joys of seeing wildlife up close and personal in your backyard but, on the flipside, experiencing the pain that the little devils inflict on your prize plants. I must confess to being very happy to sit on the fence with the little marsupials when it comes to the possum problem. Continue reading