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This hardy shrub, Coprosma repens ‘Paradise Punch’, also known as the mirror bush, looks like a summer cocktail with its mixture of glossy yellow, red and orange leaves. As the foliage matures and when the seasons change, the leaves change colour, adding to the plant’s charm and appeal. It will thrive in full sun or partial shade; however, the colour shades may not be as intense in the shade. An ideal choice for a raised plant or large permanent container specimen. ... See MoreSee Less
In our latest issue, Olivia shares how to grow the five best edible flowers to elevate your summer salads.
There is something uplifting about sprinkling an abundance of edible flowers over a dish. Edible flowers not only transform food’s visual appeal, they offer subtle flavour notes and many are full of nutrients and antioxidants. The key is knowing which flowers are edible and how to use them.
Borage offers a mild cucumber flavour with sweet honey notes, Dianthus provides a spicy, clove-like taste in various vibrant colours, Cornflower serves as nature's confetti with a mild clove-like flavour, Calendula boasts peppery petals, adding a splash of orange or yellow, and Nasturtium brings a peppery and slightly spicy essence, brightening any dish.
I just planted calendula in pots, had no idea you could eat them. My hubby hates fruit in salads, he’s going to lose his mind when I put flowers in. 🤣
Jess from Waipu has recently learnt that ducks eat slugs and snails, so now she loves it when her neighbour’s pet Muscovy duck wanders into her flower garden for a feed. “I’ve named her Mabel. She is very plump, so she doesn’t try to fly up into my raised vegetable garden to feast on my vegetable plants, so I’m winning.” 🦆💚