‘Winter rose’ is just one of many names given to plants in the increasingly popular Helleborus genus. They are also referred to as Christmas roses and Lenten roses. Both of these terms reflect their flowering times in the northern hemisphere. Australia is seeing huge interest in hellebores at present with many new varieties being introduced and gardeners benefiting from the range of beautiful and hardy new selections that are available. Continue reading
Growers and gardeners all over the country are excited about their salvias at the moment. Autumn/fall is a great time for this genus, with plants in full bloom bringing a riot of colour into the garden .
Working in a retail nursery Terry Keogh was sick of being asked this question. He set out to start his own nursery and began breeding in search of new colours, sizes and different growth habits. The rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading
Lilly Pillies have long been popular in Australia, particularly for hedging and topiary purposes. They are evergreen, usually with glossy green foliage that flushes with colour when the new growth comes through. There are many varieties on the market – here are some of the virtues of our favourite at PMA. Continue reading
Just about every plant has a story behind it – who discovered it, or what the breeder was trying to develop throughout the breeding process. UK plantsman Robin White broke barriers when he developed Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’. It’s the story behind the plant that I love, just as much as the plant itself. Continue reading
Earlier this year, ‘The Princess’ Lavender was crowned the 2014 Plant of the Year. This prestigious title was awarded by the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia who added this new category to their awards process this year to recognise innovation in plant breeding. Continue reading
For a plant to warrant the attention of Alzheimer’s Australia and Ita Buttrose, it must be truly special. Such is the case with Dianthus ‘Memories’. With the plant being launched as you read this, we would like to share my excitement about this project and everything it stands for. Continue reading
Winter is always a great time to talk about the ‘Winter Royalty’ Collection of Hellebores. There’s something special about watching them all come into bloom at this time of the year – a little magic in the middle of winter. Continue reading
If you’re a romantic at heart then lavenders probably hold a special place in your garden. That old-world country charm is traditionally their hallmark. But how do you tell the difference between one lavender and the next? And can you break the mould and do something different with them? There are quite a few on the market for ornamental use – so which one is right for you? Questions, questions, questions! Continue reading
Loropetalum chinense is commonly known as the Chinese Fringe Flower. It takes its name from the Greek word ‘loron’ meaning strap and ‘petalon’ meaning petal. The tassel-like flowers are similar to the closely related witch-hazel and consist of slender strap-shaped petals. Continue reading
Last year we shared the story behind two special salvias, ‘Wendy’s Wish’ and ‘Ember’s Wish’. Both are aligned with Make-A-Wish Australia and part proceeds from each are donated to this inspiring charity to help fund the wishes of Australia’s sick children.
We’d now like to present the third instalment in the Wish Collection. Continue reading
Some people consider it old school to take a gift for the host if you are invited to dinner, but we still think it’s plain old good manners. The question arises however – what do you give? The traditional choices are wine, chocolates or cut flowers, however how often do you take a plant? Continue reading
How are your Aggies looking? Here in Tassie, they are fully budded up and just about to launch into their full summer display. Just the first few flowers have begun to open. How do you use Aggies in your garden? Continue reading