Inside the February Issue of Gardening Australia
Tips from the Lazy Sod
Don’t bust your boiler this month. It’s hot – and humid to boot, in many areas – and now is not the time for major gardening projects. Phil Dudman shares his 10 favourite lazy gardening tips, and shows us how easy it is to keep the garden ticking along until milder conditions arrive.
Hot weather heroes
Some plants (like people) revel in the heat. Bring it on, they say! Sophie Thomson lives with baking heat during summer, and knows which plants can handle the conditions. See her suggestions for hot dry climates and hot wet zones, and try them out in your garden.
Climbing the walls
One of the old horticultural crafts with great application in our modern gardens is espalier. By training plants against a vertical structure, you promote large amounts of flowers and fruit, and make the very most of your garden space. Justin Russell shows us how to do it.
Vibrant clusters of flowers, a beautiful, round growth habit and tolerance to heat and drought – crepe myrtle is one of those trees that’s got the lot and is perfect for the small backyard. Debbie McDonald profiles old and new varieties, and provides a comprehensive care guide.
Gardening after fire
See how one family, who lost everything in the Black Saturday bushfires, have recreated a green and beautiful space, with fire-resistant plants and design ideas to slow down a fire.
It’s not always easy creating a lush understorey for a large tree, what with leaf litter, root competition and acidic soil. Arno King shows how to manage the problems, and create a beautiful tapestry of shrubs, groundcovers, bulbs and feature plants.
Also in this issue
- Look around a spectacular dry garden in country Victoria
- Throw up some instant shade and turn your garden into a haven from the heat
- Don’t pay a fortune for pomegranate at the shops– grow your own
- Rush those sweetcorn cobs to the kitchen and try these tasty recipes
- What happens when our pets go under an anaesthetic?
- Who’s that cutie? The tawny frogmouth turns on the charm
On sale 11 January, 2016
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