How to water pot plants

When to water potted plants Some time ago a client phoned me, he was having trouble with a Casuarina bonsai. Almost all problems with potted plants are related to watering techniques so this was my first question to him “has it dried out ?”. His response was “my trees never dry out they’re always moist”. […]


In the age of mass planting rock gardens have become deeply unfashionable. For those of us with no interest in swathes of Lomandra a rock garden will provide the ideal environment in which to grow a whole suite of plants unlikely to flourish in the open garden. Rocks keep the soil cool allow for drainage […]

Herbaceous geranium in late spring

By late spring many of the cranesbills have past their spring best. The leaves are large, soft and tall. Sometimes the whole clump has fallen open. This is the time to cut the whole clump right to the ground. Its better to do this sooner rather than later while the soil is still cool and […]


It was never my intention to accumulate Hosta as one of my collections and I have not deliberately sought them out but rather they have come to me. A great friend who had collected Hosta for many years suddenly decided she had enough of them and that I was to be the recipient of her […]

Hardy ?

Its quite common these days for a customer to go around my nursery phone in hand and google the plants they’re interested in. I find google useful for correct spelling of botanic names but with regards to cultivation, height, spread etc its hit and miss. Hardy is such a subjective term. If the post you’re […]

Thoughts about mulch

Mulching is a much misunderstood practice, the amount of misinformation out there is astonishing and the many forms available confusing. There are not many gardeners out there who fully understand the importance of a good thick many layered mulch. This is a process that is continuous spreading layer on top of layer year in and […]


The rise in popularity of indoor plants is a phenomena which crept up on me, initially I had just a smattering of requests and would offer Haemanthus albiflos or Pseudopanax lessonii. This was the extent of plants I sold which have the potential to grow indoors. However when the requests changed from a trickle to […]