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CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR SITUATION

Finding the Right Hedging and Screening Plants

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Australia is a pretty tough climate to establish a hedge or screen. It’s hot, dry and often humid in many places, and our soils can be a real challenge. Traditional box hedges and many weaker exotic plants regularly fail, leaving either burnt plants, or hedges and screens with drop outs. Avoid... READ MORE

Tough Ground Cover Plants

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A good ground cover plant should spread across the ground and help choke out weeds. Many ground cover plants spread but often thin out, or are short lived and only provide a temporary solution. Ground cover plants that are in the Ozbreed Shrub and Ground Cover range and Hardy Exotic Range are... READ MORE

Choosing the Right Large Scale Mass Planting Plants

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Plants for large scale mass planting projects need to be low maintenance, drought tough and able to cope with harsh conditions. Ozbreed has developed many plants that fit into that category, you can find our top performing mass planting plants in this post. Often when specifying, choosing the... READ MORE

Modern Clumping Architectural Plants

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Good strappy leaf plants make the best clumping architectural plants. The better ones stay evergreen all year, even through a regular drought. Severe droughts may brown them, but they will return to green after rain. A good one should also be able to stay evergreen in frosts, and not only able... READ MORE

Plants for Moderate to Heavy Shade

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Plants for Moderate to Heavy Shade

Most plants can handle light shade, but fewer can thrive in moderately heavy shade, and fewer still in very shady landscaped gardens. Conditions that adversely affect plants in shade are not limited to light levels alone. Some plants can cope in dry... READ MORE

Choosing the Right Street Trees

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Avoid the above, and put some thought into the tree you choose.

Leafy suburbs are often the richest, most expensive real-estate. The trees planted 50 years ago are not the same trees planted today. Poplars, plane trees and jacarandas are no longer part of the modern street tree menu.... READ MORE

Choosing Plants for Clay Soils

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By Kate Wall

Clay soils can be very heavy and hard to dig, with a tendency towards water logging. While heavy clay soils will need significant improvement before most plants will happily grow in them, moderate to light clay soils can be very suitable for... READ MORE

Soil Improvement

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By Kate Wall

In general work on improving the soil or correcting soil pH should be done before planting takes place. When starting a new garden, understanding your soil will greatly assist you to choose plants well suited to growing in that soil. If you... READ MORE

Choosing Plants for Sandy Soils

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By Kate Wall

Sandy soils can be very free draining and do not hold a lot of moisture or nutrients for plants. Plants which naturally grow in sandy soils will perform best in gardens with similar soils. Very few soils are pure sand, and most plants which... READ MORE

Understanding Your Soil

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By Kate Wall

The type of soil you have will greatly impact on the types of plants which will grow happily in your garden and the degree of care they will need.

Australian soils can be highly variable, from very sandy soils to heavy ... READ MORE

Why are Strappy Leaf plants so good?

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By Kate Wall

Strappy leafed plants are plants which have a grass like growth habit, but are not grasses. Their leaves are long green straps, like grass, which may be very thin or thick and fleshy, or anything in between. They usually do not form a stem... READ MORE

Drought Tolerant Plants

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By Kate Wall

One way of reducing the water needs of our gardens is to grow plants which have low water needs. These plants are often described as drought tolerant as they are able to withstand long periods without water. Although these plants are able to cope without a... READ MORE

Caring for a Garden During Drought

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By Kate Wall

Where ever you live in Australia, periods of extended dry weather and even drought are likely to impact on your garden. Water restrictions are likely to remain as long term realities which will limit the amount of supplementary watering you are able to give... READ MORE

Coloured Foliage Plants

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By Kate Wall

Lush green spaces are very relaxing, and yet they come to life so much when a splash of colour is added.  The first thought for colour in a garden is flowers. Flowers are seasonal and come and go throughout the year. For year round colour nothing beats the... READ MORE

Ground Cover Plants

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By Kate Wall

 

Bare soil in gardens is prone to drying out, erosion, increased temperatures and increased weed germination. This is usually prevented by adding mulch to the garden to act as a blanket on the soil. An alternative to mulch is to use ground cover... READ MORE

Tidy Australian Shrubs

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By Kate Wall

Whilst many of us can proudly say we are fond of the beautiful and iconic Australian native flora, we are still often hesitant to use them in our gardens. Native gardens are perceived to be somewhat untidy, even wild gardens which do not have ... READ MORE