Trees & Shrubs

Green the scene with trees and shrubs. Offering foliage, fruit, flowers and fragrance, they add texture and colour to a landscape. Pick the varieties suited to your climate and use them to create shade, privacy and views. Grow them as feature plants or hedges, in the ground or in pots and learn how to prune them.

Blossom Trees
Spring comes in on a wave of living energy that shows itself in colourful annuals and bulbs, but it’s also the season for blossom trees.  Providing a breathtaking display on a larger scale than bedding plants, there is a tree for every space, fro...
How To Grow Trees Sideways

In this garden, taut wire strands provide support while displaying a fruit tree to its finest advantage. Image: Getty Images

Espalier is a traditional gardening technique used for training plants to grow against a wall or fence on a wire support, creating a living garden feature.  The practice was established centuries ago in Europe where it was used to extend the grow...
All About Bamboo , Handyman magazine,

Grow it, eat it, wear it or build with it, fast-growing bamboo has over 1500 uses

It’s easy to become a bit obsessive about bamboo, says Greg Braun, owner of Sydney’s Mr Bamboo. Greg fell in love with bamboo more than 30 years ago when he lived in Japan. ‘Now I specialise in cultivating bamboo specifically for the Australian u...
Plant A Hedge
Branch out by planting a living boundary wall as a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain alternative to a fence Hedges can be grown from a multitude of shrubs and used for screening, defining areas of the garden or creating formal spaces. They can be...
Japanese maple with red flowers falling to the ground

Fallen leaves of Japanese maple create an attractive carpet of colour in autumn

As the name suggests, these maples are native to Japan, growing as understorey trees in forests and the edges of woodlands.    Treasured for their dazzling autumn foliage display, they have been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in the West...
A symmetrical garden with pond and topiary

Water features, topiary and clean lines are all elements of classic garden design

Winter can be a gardener’s most challenging season, as many trees are bare and perennials are dormant. But award-winning garden designer Paul Bangay relishes the cold. He looks forward to the colder months, which he tends to see as a time of renewal...
hanging yellow climbers on a fence

Climbing plants like this laburnum, can transform an eyesore into a feature

To give your garden an injection of beautiful flowers, foliage and fragrance this spring, consider installing some climbing plants.   Climbers are spectacularly showy but surprisingly low maintenance, and provide a simple landscape solution to a rang...
A couple enjoying a tropical backyard

A tropical garden creates a resort-style feel in your very own backyard

Stepping into the backyard on a balmy afternoon, cocktail in hand and heady floral scents in the air, transports you to a lush resort without the hefty price tag. Growing a tropical garden in climates south of Cairns might seem high maintenance, but...