Native Ginger or Alpinia caerulea

Plant Profile Also known as: Growing Conditions: Propagation Uses This plant is a wonderful way to find buzz-pollinating bees in your garden. It delivered my first Teddy Bear Bee sighting and numerous Blue-banded Bee sightings. It is a classic understorey plant from subtropical and tropical rainforests and can therefore be used in shady places inContinue reading “Native Ginger or Alpinia caerulea”

A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid

Dipodium variegatum The Slender Hyacinth Orchid is truly a wildflower. Orchid enthusiasts have tried to cultivate it, but have been unsuccessful due to its unique growing conditions. Dipodium variegatum is leafless and the only part of it that appears above ground is the stalk and flower. It is a saprophyte meaning that it is notContinue reading “A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid”

A Garlic for Subtropical and Tropical Climates

Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is the perfect way to grow garlic flavours in warm climates. I love garlic flavours, but try as I might, I just can’t get garlic to grow in my subtropical climate zone. The solution? Society Garlic or Tulbaghia violacea! This strappy leaved plant with lovely purple flowers will grow as anContinue reading “A Garlic for Subtropical and Tropical Climates”

Hardenbergia violocea or Happy Wanderer

Plant Profile Did you know that Indigenous Australians have used this plant as a tea and medicine for thousands of years? It is known by many names: Hardenbergia violacea, False Sarsparilla, Purple Coral Pea, Wild Sarsparilla, Waraburra, Vine Lilac. This lovely vine clambers and wanders over anything in its path. It makes a great groundcoverContinue reading “Hardenbergia violocea or Happy Wanderer”

Sago Bush or Ozothamnus Diosmifolius

Plant Profile This plant is not hard to find in Tamborine Village. Ozothamnus diosmifolius is flowering beautifully this year. From my back patio It looks like the bushes are snow-topped as they cluster around our dam. The name comes from the Greek Ozo “to smell” and Thamnus “shrub” referring to the pungent smell of crushedContinue reading “Sago Bush or Ozothamnus Diosmifolius”

Invite Some Garden Friends: Backyard Biodiversity Tip Four

Using nature to control weeds and pests is a great way to garden organically and improve the biodiversity in your garden. It’s been a long time coming, but here it is and it’s all about using nature to control weeds and pests. This is the fourth in a series. You can find the first three byContinue reading “Invite Some Garden Friends: Backyard Biodiversity Tip Four”

The Newsletter from the Garden Rooms

Would you like a FREE weekly newsletter delivered to your email inbox? Each week includes 5 regular feature topics. Over the month 4 other feature topics will be included at least once. Feedback and requests are welcome! You can find the newsletter by clicking here or using the QR code below. Or keep scrolling forContinue reading “The Newsletter from the Garden Rooms”

Plant Profile – Spotted Gum – Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata

Also known as: Eucalyptus maculata (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Corymbia maculata (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Eucalyptus citriodora (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Growing conditions: Prefers well-draining soils Like growing on slopes Prefers full sun Drought tolerant Propagation: Seeds in shallow traysContinue reading “Plant Profile – Spotted Gum – Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata”