What's on this month?

  • My Open Garden lists many beautiful gardens around Australia that are open to the public throughout the year. Visit www.myopengarden.com.au to see what’s on offer.
  • The Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra has the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants, covering over 35 hectares, including a eucalypt discovery walk and Aboriginal plant use trail.  Head to www.anbg.gov.au for more details.
  • The beautiful Botanic Gardens of South Australia will keep you wonderfully busy in February, with gardening workshops and free guided walks. For more information visit www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au

February Gardening

Terrific Topiary

Topiary, the practice of clipping plants into different shapes, has been done since Roman times. There are lots of wonderful plants that suit topiary, depending on the desired look, whether it be quite formal or more relaxed.

Fabulous flowers for shade

If you’re after bold colour for a sheltered, partly shaded area you can’t go past cinerarias. Yates® Cineraria Starships is a compact variety, growing to around 30 cm tall, with large flower heads in bright colourful clusters.

Melons

Melons are a refreshing summer treat and it's easy to grow your own from home in a greenhouse

Anthurium

Bring a taste of the tropics indoors with anthuriums. Their large glossy leaves & their vibrant coloured flowers make a wonderful display.

Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’

The vegie patch doesn’t need to be a sea of green! Yates® Silverbeet ‘Rainbow Chard’ produces striking coloured stems in yellow, orange, pink, violet and striped green, adding vibrant colour to the vegie patch or pots.

Phlox Gisele

Bring fabulous floral colour into your garden with phlox! Phlox Gisele (Phlox drummondi) is a gorgeous range of annual phlox from Ball Australia.

Phenomenal Cauliflowers

Caulflower is a brilliant vegie to use in so many warming recipes and if you start sowing seed now, you’ll be eating home grown cauliflower in a few months time.

Grasshopper patrol

Grasshoppers are a common problem for gardeners during the warmer months. Use Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer for Gardens to control grasshoppers .

Swede

This cool season root crop is sweet, tasty and very adaptable. A long keeping vegetable, it is ideal for flavouring soups and stews.

Fragrant flowers for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is usually associated with bunches of short-lived flowers that seldom last more than a week. So think about how much better it would be to give your Valentine a perfumed plant for the garden. And you don’t have to restrict your choice to flowering plants: why not think of giving a plant with fragrant – even edible – leaves?

Small Fry tomatoes

In tropical and sub-tropical zones, you can sow tomato seed during February. Late summer sowing will help keep your kitchen stocked with tasty tomatoes well into winter, for delicious homemade frittatas, tarts, pasta and casseroles.

Gorgeous Frangipanis

Frangipanis are stunning trees that can create a lush tropical look in your garden, superb shade trees and of course the flowers are absolutely gorgeous.