Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii

Also known as: Viola hederacea (Not the same plant, as explained later) Australian Violet Growing conditions: Shade/part shade (some sources advocate full sun, but this plant has not survived in full sun in my garden) Tolerant of most soils but prefers moist site Will tolerate boggy sites Will tolerate light foot traffic Tolerant of lightContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii”

Plants Profile – Perennial Basil

Also known as: African Blue Basil Ocimum killmanscharicum x basilicum Dark Opal Basil Growing conditions: Tolerant of most soils but prefers well-drained soil Grows up to 1.2metres tall and wide Will tolerate some shade Can be grown indoors in a brightly lit position Suitable for garden beds, rockeries and pots Needs protection from frost PerennialContinue reading “Plants Profile – Perennial Basil”

Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus

This plant is a biodiversity hub in my garden.  A few moments of close observation on any given day reveals species galore. From the Eastern Sedge Frog family to Rainbow Lorikeets to countless insects, I am never disappointed. My children are also regularly drawn to the tree to gather and gobble the tiny sweet fruitsContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus”

Italian Flatbread with Thyme, Parmesan and Garlic

It takes me two and a half hours to get this recipe on the table. The smell around the house during cooking is magical.  The bread lasts for up to a week in an airtight container if it doesn’t get eaten! This recipe is also available on YouTube. Ingredients: 2 x 7g packets of driedContinue reading “Italian Flatbread with Thyme, Parmesan and Garlic”

Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry

Also known as: Sambucus australasica Native Elderberry Yellow Elderberry Native Elder Growing conditions: Part shade/Shade Grows in most soils Prefers a moist location Propagation: Fresh seed in autumn subtropics/tropics Will need a cold frame in cooler climates Despite its preference for moist soil, this plant has been one of my drought survivors. It recovers quicklyContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry”

Garden to Kitchen – Choc-Mint Ice-cream

This recipe is a companion piece to my plant profile for Mint species coming soon! A vlog version is also available Garden to Kitchen – Choc-Mint Ice-cream on the Jane Grows Garden Rooms YouTube channel. Ingredients: 1 cup cream 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint (I like a chocolate mint variety the best for this recipe)Continue reading “Garden to Kitchen – Choc-Mint Ice-cream”

Plant Profile – Lebanese Cucumber

My first cucumber harvest! Also known as: Cucumis sativus Growing conditions: Sun/Part shade Fertile, well drained soil Sow 40cm apart Propagation: Seeds Tropics/subtropics plant year round Temperate and cold climates plant after the last frost My daughter is a fussy eater. It’s probably karma. I know my own mother had many frustrating evenings trying toContinue reading “Plant Profile – Lebanese Cucumber”

Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica

Also known as: Mentha diemenica Wild Mint Very similar to Mentha satureoides and sometimes confused with it. Growing conditions: Full sun/Shade/part shade Groundcover Prefers slightly damp soil Suitable for pots, rockeries and as a filler between paving stones or driving strips Propagation: Cuttings Removing a rooted section of the plant as it spreads Keep moistContinue reading “Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica”

Plant Profile: Mother of Herbs

Also known as: Plectranthus amboinicus Coleus amboinicus Mexican Mint Cuban Oregano Indian Borage Country Borage French Thyme Soup Mint Spanish Thyme Indian Mint Why so many names? This plant has been cultivated and used for so long that its origins are unclear. It’s believed to originate in Africa, but is now naturalized in many countriesContinue reading “Plant Profile: Mother of Herbs”