Gardening Blog - Lush Online Plants Nursery australia

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It's oh so quiet! But not for long......

I don't know about your garden, but Spring is promising to come early here with glorious sunny days and flowers already beginning to spring from the fruit trees in our garden!  Seeds we were waiting to sow are now in their pots and many of our plants that were sleeping for the winter are already starting to poke tiny tips into the air.

 

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New Stock! Time to Come Back and Have a Look!

The slightly cooler weather has certainly seen plenty of return customers and some new ones!  We have finally had some time to get some new plants up on the website for you to peruse :)  

I hope you like some of the plants we have managed to either grow or source for you.  It is certainly hard sometimes to choose what to grow with so many wonderful choices!

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Hot Weather & New Plants!

Well, we have been super busy here at Lush!  There are lots of new plants in the pipeline with lots of seeds sown and seedlings soaking up this warm sunny weather!  

The recent heatwaves have meant lots of extra attention to ensure our plants stay looking their best when the heat is bearing down.  

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Still looking for Christmas Presents?

How about a living gift?  I must admit I am not the happiest Christmas shopper.  Don't get me wrong, I love to find the perfect gift, but it just seems harder and harder each year.  When I buy a gift, I put lots of thought into it.  Is this something they will treasure, use or display proudly or will they just quietly put it away to re-gift the next year?  I want my presents to be memorable, special, cherished.

Have you considered a plant this Christmas?  A plant is a wonderful living gift that will continue to bring happy thoughts throughout the year and for many years to come.  Perhaps we can provide the plant and you a beautiful planter?  Perhaps your loved one is an avid gardener and nothing would surprise them more than a gift wrapped box with botanical delights!

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Bush Treasures - The Gumby Gumby Tree

There is something to be said for planting a native tree!  

Over generations they have uniquely adapted to their environment in such a way that success is almost guaranteed.  Being around for a long time, the native trees have revealed their unique properties to Australia's Aboriginal people - who discovered the use, healing properties and food potential of many, many plants and trees and passed down the knowledge through word of mouth.

The Gumby Gumby Tree is a special tree.  It sports very attractive, weeping willow-like foliage and is slow growing, making this tree suitable for parks and gardens.

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Lush Plants is back in Business!


Well, Good morning all!

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Tropical plants and tropical gardens for hot, dry climates


There’s a tropical plant to suit every garden in Australia and I’ve compiled a list of some of our tropical plants which will thrive in hot climates. Hot climates can be a challenge for the gardener, unless you want to grow a rock garden or cacti garden!

Tropical gardens in hot, dry climates

The very hottest we’ve ever experienced on our property here was last year, when it hit 41.6 degrees. I know it gets much hotter than that in many other places of Australia. Rain is scarce here, and generally comes in the form of a sky-sized bucket, which tips 800mm onto the land in 3 days. Then, nothing for the rest of year.

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It's Raining... Plants! Why rainwater is better for your garden.

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 All plants need water to survive-it’s as simple as that. If you don’t water your plants they will surely die, and of course any type of water is better than none at all-but did you know that some water is better than others? Rainwater is water in its purest and most natural form, and as such surely it makes sense that it is the best thing to water your plants with. I mean, it’s been doing a pretty good job for millions of years, right?

Rainwater vs Tap Water

Rainwater falls straight from the sky, and although there are some arguments that suggest that the problem of acid rain may cause damage to plants, there is little doubt that it is a cleaner, safer and more natural way to water your plants. Tap water is treated with chemicals to make it safe for human consumption, and these chemicals are not necessarily good for our plants.

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Natural Pollinators

Nature's Little Helpers

It is hard to believe that a tiny insect holds the key to life as we know it, but the truth is that without the humble bee, the human race would seriously struggle to survive. This is because bees are responsible for the ongoing growth and production of plants-without bees to pollinate them, plants would not be able to reproduce and most of the natural life on earth would quickly die out. Sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it?!

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Garden plants; Choosing the right garden plants for your garden

Choosing the appropriate garden plants for your garden, your location and your climate is very important if you want to have a successful, well-growing garden. Before buying plants, it’s best to consider where you are going to put them, and what the conditions are in that spot.

How to position your garden plants

Ask yourself questions such as: ‘is the spot well draining or does water collect there?’ and ‘is the soil itself well draining?’ These are two different matters as some spots, such as a sloping spot which is well draining (water runs away easily) but the soil itself is like clay and does not take up water easily. You will need to plant very hardy garden plants here, as its most likely very dry most of the time, even after heavy drain. Unless you are going to dig terraces into it, which will help water uptake, as will adding mulch and organic matter. You could look at Cycads such as the Sago Palm, the Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea) and succulents such as the Desert Rose (Adenium obesum).

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