Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Existing Plants

January 31st, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Design Elements:

with landscape designer Louise McDaid

We’ve been updating our garden
over the last couple of weeks. Starting with flowers and flower colour, then
changing or putting in some new foliage colour. Perhaps some grasses or
cordylines with pink or red, like Cordyline “Electric Pink” with a muted pink
shade really.
That was last week. Today, we’re
talking about what do you do if you just want to update your existing plants?
Sounds like you don’t have to spend a penny, just put in some hard yards in the
garden to give it a fresh look.
How about moving some plants when
the weather’s cooler?

I always find moving plants is very
satisfying, especially if you move them into the right location where they just
suddenly look better. That’s a great way of updating your garden with existing

Of course moving plants is best done
in the cooler weather even if you do spray them with Stressguard. It’s just too
hot right now.

But think about if your gardens need
some of that type of adjustment like that, and make a note of where you would
like the plants to go.

There should be plenty of ideas to
get you started if you’re a beginner gardener, and some tips for those of you
who’ve been doing it for a while.

The Helichrysum petiolare that Louise
mentioned is commonly known as Licorice plant. Helichrysum comes in two colourways,
the traditional grey green foliage of the species and the lime green foliage of
Helichrysum petiolare “Limelight.” Easily clipped into a bun shape or grown as
a low hedge.
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