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Versatile and beautiful shrubby salvias are beginning to bloom.
My parents gave me Acanthus mollis for my first garden on the basis it couldn't be killed.
November and December see daylilies at their peak.
One of the stars of the early autumn garden is the Japanese windflower.
The many types of Plectranthus provide some of my favourite autumn flowers for shady spots.
I always think of spring as being when daisies are in bloom, but there are quite a few members of the Asteraceae family which appear now.
We are very lucky to be gardening in Sydney, where a host of winter-blooming plants can cheer us through the dreary days of June and July.
There are Salvias for every season and some of the most brilliant ones flower in winter.
Some plants from the Mediterranean region, Madeira and the Canary Islands thrive in dry sunny spots and bloom in late winter in Sydney.
Daisies seem to epitomise spring and there are lots to choose from for Sydney gardens.
I am enjoying some hot-coloured flowers in my spring garden.
A variety of succulent plants have attractive, long-lasting blooms in late winter and spring.
My garden has entered something of a white phase at the moment.
The garden created by Wendy Whiteley in Lavender Bay in Sydney, is a semi-tropical oasis, using plants that thrive in our climate.
Summer colour does not have to be all about flowers - there are wonderful foliage plants which flourish in our Sydney climate.
Liriope is a tough little perennial in bloom now.
At the moment, orange flowers catch my eye.
There are several plants in bloom at the moment that are often thought to be Salvias.
The dramatic foliage plants known as elephant's ears belong to a family sometimes called the aroids.
Bromeliads provide a solution to difficult, dry, shady spots in Sydney gardens.
Some of my favourite colour schemes can be seen in the garden at the moment.
There are some stunning purple flowers in bloom at the moment.
This plant family has some exotic members, and they are well suited to our climate.
There are lots of Salvia in bloom at this time of year, including some I have been trialling for suitability in my garden.
The use of dark-tinted foliage can add drama and interest to garden borders.
Plants with dramatic shapes can provide form and interest during the winter months.
Sunday was a beautiful day to be in the garden!
White flowers in the winter garden can create a satisfying vignette.
Pink seems to be the colour of early spring.
Growing epiphytes in trees gives scope for fitting in more plants.
An afternoon visiting gardens brings delight and inspiration.
I have vowed to look after my pot plants more diligently.
Some beautiful silver-foliage plants thrive in shade.
Tough and undemanding plants from my parents' garden are favourites in my own.
This weekend I discovered a new nursery and found some plant treasures there.
Leaves variegated with spots and splashes of colour bring an intriguing touch to gardens.
This time of year sees the rising of spires of flowers in the garden.
A bunch of flowers with some green carnations reminded me of the fascination of green blooms.
We have endured one of the hottest weeks on record in our gardens, but plants have still provided solace.
There are some brilliantly white flowers illuminating my garden at the moment.
A few tough herbaceous perennials have endured from my cottage gardening days.
In March there are many flowers of autumn hues to give a seasonal display in Sydney gardens.
Late March brings a welcome shift of season in our Sydney gardens.
I have a fascination for weird and wonderful blooms!
I spent a very wet Saturday at the Collectors' Plant Fair!
Scented leaves can evoke memories and uplift the soul.
Salvia plants are taking centre stage in my garden.
Meet a plant family with amazing foliage.
A stroll in the garden reveals many plants with attractive winter foliage.
Some flowers just demand to be touched!
As one gets older, there is the need to rethink aspects of one's garden.
This garden has all the elements of a cottagey style.
Pelargonium types provide a bright splash of colour almost all year round in our Sydney gardens.
I love plants that tumble over walls and steps to soften hard surfaces.
This month sees the blooming of some self-seeding plants with spires.
Some small perennials flower this month - a reminder of my cottage garden days.
My thoughts on growing salvias have changed over the years.
The ongoing heat and dryness remind us to choose plants that can cope.
Plants I have grown from seed have a special cachet.
Early autumn is my favourite time of year!
These salvias are looking good right now.
Pretty flowers from South Africa are in bloom.
I like drama in the garden.
There are lots of new salvias.
Some summer stars from the North American prairies.
I am enjoying some unusual plants at the moment.
April is a great time to plant!
These tough plants are gems.
There are some pretty species!
Autumn is the best season for salvias!
These lovely blooms appear in late winter.
Blue flowers for shaded spots!
I love the colour lime-green!
Although my garden is semi-tropical in nature now, I still have some vestiges from my cottage garden days!