Cool as a cucumber
Grow a herb the Italians consider an essential salad ingredient – one that tastes quite like cucumber.
Tulips to Amsterdam
The Southland temperature is just right. Add great soil, Dutch genes, 50 million tulip bulbs and ideal storage timing and you’ve a recipe for export success.
Fruit tree considerations
If you haven’t planted fruit trees yet, hop to it. And, to give young trees the best start, remember the four Ws: where, welfare, water and weeds.
Designs on modern
With considered planning and landscaping, you too can get the ‘effortless’ look of a modernist garden.
The household herb garden
More time is spent inside than outside at this time of year. So, here is a look at the herb garden that you’ll find throughout the house.
Magnolias and their cousins, tulip trees and michelias, produce some of spring’s most dramatic blooms.
Delving into deserts
Desert gardens are delighting more growers a climate change turns up the heat.
Letting go of the mow
With the growing trend towards rewilding, it may be time to rethink your pristine lawn, improve your garden’s diversity and release yourself from the shackles of lawnmowing. Words & Photos Gretchen Carroll
Wall-mounted boot rack
Perfect for clearing clutter and allowing your boots to dry out, this attractive rack comes complete with a handy shelf.
The imminent arrival of spring – and hopefully better weather – provides the perfect opportunity to get into the garden with children.
The humble potager is a popular, if not fully understood, way of designing a decorative home garden.
Five trailing plants anyone can grow
Enduringly popular and great for confined spaces, these five beauties will easily drape and create a lively aesthetic in your space.
Splendour in the shrub
Our copper butterflies are unique to the world – and relatively easy to attract to your garden by growing Muehlenbeckia varieties to host them.
Eight of the best hints, tips and tricks for keeping your indoor plants lush over the coldest months.
Like the idea of introducing more natives into your garden, but prefer the look of more familiar exotics? Here’s a stunning line-up of local lookalikes that will have you thinking again.
Bouquets & brick bits
Add structure or style to your garden landscape inspired by these six inventive ways with the humble brick.
From physic garden to pharmacy
In the mid 16th century, the monastery garden progressed to a physic garden – and the inception of today’s pharmacies.
It pays to do your homework before purchasing a fruit tree to plant over winter.
How does your garlic grow?
For the garlic growers of Moa Valley Farm, soil health and farming organically are fundamental to their new venture.
Impersonators of pebbles and with a weird similarity to people, lithops have migrated from the desert to our living rooms.
Grown for eating or admiring, cherries promise year-round appeal – if you choose your variety wisely.
The race is on to protect our favourite heat-loving plants from winter’s chill.
While still herbs, the tallest are also attractive trees adding fragrance, shade and shape to any garden.
Connecting to joy
One of the world’s most successful travel writers considers how houseplants have the power to change disconnected lives for the better. Including her own.
Gardening in a changing climate
Climate change is here and it’s definitely affecting our gardens. Look out for subtle variations across the country.
Though centuries-old, monastic garden designs featuring herbs suit today’s smaller sections well.
In the limelight
Our beloved contributor, Diana Noonan, is also an acclaimed children’s writer and editor whose latest award puts her in good company.
Waste not, want not
Community compost hubs are popping up around Aotearoa. Find out how this Auckland social enterprise is generating community garden gold.
Autumn pest and disease watch
Andrew Maloy walks us through what to look out for this time of year and how best to take action.
Ace your acer
Commonly known as maples, there’s a multitude of acers available. Gillian Vine shortlists the best picks by size.
Whatever is ailing your pet Monstera deliciosa or your basket fuchsia, don’t give up. With some TLC, you’ll have them right in no time.
Game for a guinea fowl?
The bird for you if you need neighbourhood watch that also does pest control.
Carnivorous plants are addictive, in more ways than one, and a Geraldine grower has a vast collection to prove it.
Cassias add a sunshine splash of colour to late-summer gardens.
Just add gravel
No weeding, no watering. Mark Rayner says yes to gravel gardens.
A houseplant passion blossoms with the move to a new home.
Build a freestanding hammock
Klaudia Krupa shows us how to make a place to escape to and relax in.
Organic ebb and flow
While a hot topic today, organic gardening hasn’t always been as well respected.
Summer pest and disease watch
What to look out for at this time of year and how best to take action.
Imagining Ngaio Marsh
Rachel Vogan visits the garden of the late great author.
Rescue at hand
How to revive a potted hippeastrum and late-season courgettes.
Lilies by the thousands
In the foothills of the Southern Alps, David and Wendy Millichamp grow 12,000 lilies.
A dairy-free cheesecake and healthy home-made ice creams.
Vivienne Bailey extols the virtues of the revived gladioli.
All a flutter
The golden rules for butterfly gardens.
A staple plant in the hedging department, Buxus refuses to lose favour – despite the blight.
IN FULL SWING THIS SPRING
Rachel Vogan highlights crops that need our attention now.
Kiwis love their birds, it’s a fact. Let’s look at some ways to encourage even more to your backyard, without breaking the budget.
How-to for beginner gardeners with Shannon Hunt.
Anywhere the wind blows
It doesn’t really matter – there are plenty of plants that will continue to flourish as the wind whips around them.
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