These days the Ginger Group, or Zingiberales, seem more and more conspicuous in eastern coastal Australian gardens, Heliconia, Hedychium and Alpinia especially. One branch of the Zingiberale tree less well known but fast coming into currency are the Costus or Spiral Gingers. Continue reading
Scrambling, twining, creeping vines whichever way you look at them, have always been popular for a multitude of reasons not least as they are usually fast and ‘flower heavy’. The following is by no means the only way they might grow for you, its just an idea on how I’ve worked subtropical and tropical climbers into coastal gardens, usually out of the wind facing winter north (southern hemisphere) or south (northern hemisphere), in pretty good organically enriched soil and with adequate summer water. Continue reading
Now here’s some plant porn on an apartment rooftop that achieves a people migration from the tele-sofa to the outside, with new water-proofing, brick beds and best fit planting.
It’s good to be reminded of what plants fit into a bandwidth of growing conditions for the garden you might be considering. This way the plants you choose will be as close a fit as possible to those conditions, no matter what the geographic location. I call this Best Fit Gardening and you can pop along to this link where I explained it in a bit more detail in a nice little mini video for you… Continue reading