"So are these weeds? They don’t seem to do much. Do you want to just pull them out?" That is generally how the conversation goes around Hellebores. And to be honest when they are not flowering they are certainly ‘subtle’ in colour and texture. BUT in mid winter, when e...
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Trailing options for street front planting...

When you have a strip of plantable space out front of your home, knowing what to plant can feel overwhelming.  A wander up and down your street will give you a good feel for how your neighbours have approached things and is also a great way to get a sense of what is lik...
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Shared spaces offer some great options for well thought through planting.  This week our team have been reworking a couple of these zones, including apartment shared walkways and school gardens.  These areas are often considered tricky for the following reasons: th...
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Create your own Succulent Wall....

On a recent trip to Russell I came across some fantastic looking living walls such as this one decorating the entrance to Hone's Garden (the best summer pizza joint by the way). Living walls are excellent when you have limited space or just want to freshen up blank wall...
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Flamingo Gardens

May 21, 2018

And why we love their owners....

Love them or hate them Flamingos are a garden statement. And while as gardeners we often find them falling apart in the bottom of a garden, with legs missing and beaks askew - I always smile because it tells me this garden has been loved at some point by someone wh...
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Do not despair...

We know many of you are feeling depressed about your hydrangeas - especially once we have shown you how to prune them....down to sad little stumps. So I am writing this post to reassure you that although your hydrangeas may currently look like the most depressed plants in th...
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Garden Meditations

February 13, 2018

Special garden spaces

Recently we have had the pleasure of working in gardens with some 'hidden spaces' - often referred to as the 'meditation space' they all have one thing in common - escape.  A few minutes in these relaxing spaces can bring calm, clarity and peace of mind. But how do you ...
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Stress free tips for great Roses....

I think every Gardener probably has a plant they aren't naturally drawn to. For me? It was roses. They can be pretty intimidating things - loads of complicated advice, prone to pests, thorny, growing in weird shapes, lengthy you-tube videos explaining the science of pru...
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I get it. By the time Christmas rolls around, the garden is not top on your priority list. But at the same, so much of what happens at Christmas time takes place in the garden (think bbq, wines, family photos....) so here are my top tips to making it a space to be proud of. ...
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WINNERS!

October 10, 2017
We are so thrilled to be declared the winners of the Most Outstanding Lifestyle Business Award. For the past decade, The David Awards have been recognising the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand – the Kiwi Davids taking on the Goliaths of the...
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