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Best Plants for Topiary

...Philip Pratt, who actually produces these plants for the nursery industry. Lilly pilly (Syzygium australe ‘Elite’) Australian native lilly pillys are becoming very popular for hedging and general ornamental use. They produce flowers and attractive berries as well as interesting foliage, so many garden designers are using them as an alternative to box. Syzygium australe ‘Elite’ is easily Philip’s favourite. It is a tidy plant that isn’t usually tro... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: We have 6 Backyard Blitz Lilly Pillys where the new growth on top is being eaten by a small green catapiller

...that name for a plant. There is a plant Syzygium paniculatum ‘Backyard Bliss’ where the people are improperly trying to trade off on our registered name. This species of lillypilly is prone to insect attack and usually grows way too big for domestic gardens. We do not recommend it. Don... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Friend gave me some strappy delicate pale blue and white folower lilly? What is it and does it like full sun

...problem: Friend gave me some strappy delicate pale blue and white folower lilly? What is it and does it like full sun Type of Plant (if known): as above Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): NIL Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: loam How often do you water the plant: winter once week, summer daily How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day: 6-8 How long since you planted... read more

How to Grow a Hedge

...ries. Another reason to choose ‘Dusky’ is that Acmena smithii varieties of lilly pilly are resistant to the lilly pilly psyllid (Trioza eugeniae). This tiny native insect causes ugly dimpling on the foliage, which is the last thing you want to see on your stylish hedge or topiary. Preparation and planting Don dug over the garden bed to aerate and freshen up the soil. To give the plants a good start, he added some cow manure and then forked in some... read more

Deck Makeover

...emishaded parts of the deck and also be good long-term potted plants. This lilly pilly produces pink flushes of new growth and has decorative purple berries. On a sunny north-facing wall we installed a kitchen herb garden using the Smart-valve automatic watering technology. Materials Balustrade Removing the lattice was easy by using a small hacksaw to cut through the nails which held the panels to the uprights. Stainless steel balustrade wire (3mm... read more

Communal Garden

...le (Lagerstroemia indica), red flowering gum (Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’), lilly pilly (Acmena smithii ‘Minipilly’), coast rosemary (Westringia fruticosa), thryptomene (Thryptomene saxicola).  Grevillea   Lilly pilly   Scrub cherry   Kangaroo paw   Coast banksia   Fan flower Cost and availability We used mature plants in our makeover to create an instant effect for television. Our total cost of plants and materials was $11,652 This could be reduce... read more

Colour Wheel

...spray can. Hedge plants Any dwarf hedging plant can be used. We used a new lilly pilly called Acmena smithii ‘Hedgemaster’. This small-leaved shrub is due to be released nationally next year, although from October small quantities should be available from Swane’s Nursery, Dural, NSW. Phone: (02) 9651 1322. Annuals Our scheme uses different coloured pansies (named varieties are listed below). However, any low-growing annual would be suitable (for e... read more

House Facelift

...en trimmed to shape. Step 12 – Brick planter boxes were planted with dwarf lilly pilly and trimmed to shape. Materials Garden edging: Tuscan Stone (Sandstone colour) bullnose 375 x 375 x 40mm thick. Price: $17 each. Exclusive to Amber. Available at their stores in Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Wollongong, ACT. Phone: 13 22 41 Tiles to balcony: ‘Landau’ made by Eureka Tiles. Square body tile, $33.95 per square metre supply only Bullnose stair tile, $... read more

Up Front

...ron ‘Xanadu’; salvia ‘Bonfire’. Turf: Buffalo ‘Sir Walter’. photinia dwarf lilly pilly gardenia alternanthera hebe salvia Buffalo ‘Sir Walter’ Cost and availability We used mature plants to create an instant effect for television. Our total cost of plants and materials was $9622. Savings are possible using smaller plants ($7941). Plants are available at nurseries or can be ordered in. Most other materials are available from large hardware stores,... read more

AUSSIE XMAS TREE

...lose too many buds. Take you plant inside, being sure to place it on a saucer so it don’t stain your floor. Adorn it with decorations. You can keep your lilly pilly indoors for 10 days to 2 weeks, then it must return to the outdoors.... read more

Classic Courtyard

...r plants Iresine or bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii), agave (Agave attenuata), lilly pilly (Acmena smithii var.minor), box (Buxus microphylla var. microphylla). Iresine herbstii Agave attenuata Acmena smithii Buxus microphylla Cost and availability We used mature plants to create an instant effect for television. Our total cost of plants and materials was $7806. Considerable savings are possible using smaller plants ($5980). Plants are readily availab... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Transplanting

...ntioned above Upload photo if available: Other Comments: I’m wondering how Lilly pillys go being transplanted. I Have some that are two years old but get too much heat off our colourbond fence in summer. I’m nervous to transplant them because I have quiet a few. They constantly get checked in severe heat but I’d be happy to leave them and ‘baby’ them through the warmer months if they are tricky to transplant. Hope that makes sense. Look forward to... read more