Welcome to iGarden

Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my extensive Plant descriptions and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Warm-climate winter wonders"

These plants bring fab colour in winter!

In my early days of gardening, I developed a yearning for flowers in winter, to help alleviate the dreary cold of the season. My only guides at that time were English gardening books, and so I tried growing the plants that were recommended by these tomes - such as hellebores (Helleborus species), winter iris (Iris unguicularis), winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum, winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis) and winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima  ... Read On »

June in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

Though the weather is cold, there are lots of jobs to be done in the garden in June! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

If garden borders are covered by a thick layer of large leaves from deciduous trees, it is a good idea to rake these off and put them in the compost heap. The leaf layer can form a barrier to rain getting into the soil and can smother small plants. Rake off leaves caught in plant foliage as well.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 320 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Plant/Seed Swap" forum topic: "Petrea volubilis & Luciles "

Nat asks:
 Does anyone know where I can find plants, cuttings or seeds of these two for my uncle in Melbourne? We are going to visit him this weekend from Sydney upper Northshore and its all he really would love. If not in Sydney is there anywhere I can order it online to get it sent directly to him? Thanking you all in advance.

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