Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.
STAY IN TOUCH
PLANTS • This month’s pick of the bunch for garden lovers nationwide
CHRISTMAS in the garden • Let’s make Christmas this year a real beauty! Transform your garden and favourite seating areas with these potted plant ideas, and send your guests home with something planty you’ve made yourself
CARE FOR YOUR POTS
PLANTS & PROPS
magic CARPET • Orchid vine not only looks and smells gorgeous, it also has a versatile growth habit and is virtually indestructible, writes STEVE FALCIONI
GREEN, GREEN GRASS of HOME • Can a native lawn perform as well as a regular lawn? TAMMY HUYNH explores the latest options, and what they have to offer Australian gardeners
other NATIVE LAWN options
where to BUY
Q & A • Here are answers to some of the general lawn questions you’ve recently asked us
meet the gardener ROSS DUNCAN • This Sydney retrophile is a fan of the low-maintenance garden, filling his with plants that don’t need rock-star attention to put on a show
THE YEAR THAT WAS • It has been an extraordinary year. We asked the Gardening Australia TV presenters to look back on the highlights, the lowlights, and how gardening saved them… or someone they know
a breath of FRESH AIR • Garden air, green vistas and the presence of planty things in general all have proven benefits for our health and wellbeing. It’s even more reason to drop everything and grab a trowel, writes TIM ENTWISLE
remedies for sandy soil • Coming from Perth, which sits on a coastal plain, JOSH BYRNE is well used to gardening on sand. Here are his tips for turning sand into soil
Santa's little helpers • How to stop reindeer (and possums) helping themselves to your roses… and other useful tips for Christmas from JACKIE FRENCH
the gardener's bucket list WENDY’S SECRET GARDEN in Sydney, Australia • This hidden yet public space proves that gardens – and gardening – are a salve for the soul, writes ALLY JACKSON
WHILE YOU ARE THERE
December a month in the GARDEN • More than 50 jobs to do in your action planner
PATCH • Horticultural editor and devoted food grower PHIL DUDMAN shows you what to plant, pick and tend in the edible garden this month
CROPS IN POTS
helping HAND • Tips for tackling this month’s problem
going troppo • Looking to grow something a little different in your orchard? Here’s a curious bunch of exotic fruits to challenge and excite your tastebuds
write and win!
Your Ins›a posts
TV • Gardening Australia is on ABC TV every Friday at 7.30pm and is repeated on Sunday at 1.30pm and on iview.
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the big picture • Raising plants from seed has never been easy for MICHAEL McCOY, and he’s ready to argue the case that it’s not his fault. Excuses, excuses...