Real World Gardener Design Elements and Plants That Don’t Grow At Your Place

August 31st, 2014

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with landscape designer Louise McDaid


It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid gardener, amateur gardener, organic gardener or just a keen gardener we’ve all asked the question at one point.

Why doesn’t it grow at my place?

You might know someone that has a plant you love – they live nearby – or you see something in a garden not far from you – but you’ve tried it at home and it just doesn’t work. What’s going on?

There’s a few things it could be. One is the aspect. Whatever the plants position, it really likes it if it’s thriving. It might be sun, or part shade – morning sun with afternoon shade. There might be something specific about how much sun and shade it gets that suits it down to the ground!

Some plants are very specific as to what they like to grow really well, and it’s these plants that we spend time trying to work out what’s going wrong.

A friend complained that no matter what she did to her passionfruit vine, it just wouldn't grow.

Yet, her sister who lived two doors down the road, had a beautiful and bountiful passionfruit vine.

Same soil, same climate, so what could be the problem?


Sometimes you might hear as “apply seaweed solution” to such and such a problem as a sort of fix all.

In some cases it seems to work but all we’ve done is started watering the plant and it’s responded.

Generally you have to look a bit further under the top layer of soil, or around the plant’s environment.

At the end of the day, if it’s not working for you, I know this is hard, you need to pull out the difficult plant start again with something else.

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