The wonderful Hebe ticks all the boxes

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One of the plants we selected for a discussion post on our Facebook Page this week was the glorious Hebe Blue Gem. The Blue Gem is one of those adaptable plants available from Evergreen Growers that ticks all the boxes: hardy, drought and frost resistant and looks fantastic.

The Hebe is part of the family of shrubs which hails from New Zealand. Growing one metre tall and ...

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Solar-powered pest traps for the backyard?

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Gardeners in the southern hemisphere look towards the warmer months of 2014 with a sense of joy and expectation — this being the real growing season. Time to order that tubestock and grow a variety of plants, trees, herbs and vegetables feed and mulch the garden and watch the backyard bloom.

That’s the gardening theory anyway.

We’ve all had problems with pests, from fruit flies, to borers, to cabbage moths, to snails, to slugs and more. They are the bane of any ...

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What a year that was!

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The gap between each Christmas seems to get smaller and smaller each year (or am I getting old?), and this year’s climax is just around the corner. It’s been a fantastic year for Evergreen Growers and we thank our customers for all the support you’ve given us during the year.

We’ve made a number of changes during the year with a view to improving our customers’ experience including our foray into social media and the consolidation of this our writing blog. ...

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The NZ Christmas Bush: all the colours of the festive season

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A number of Australian plants and shrubs often associated with this time of year are the ones known as the Christmas Bush. Confusingly there are a number under this name though they are different species. One example is the Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos), another is the NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum)

However another, perhaps lesser-known, species from our part of the world is the glorious NZ Christmas Bush (Metrosideros Thomasii). Again it may have been ...

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Bleeding Heart Vine tubestock now available for pre-order!

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The wonderful and evocatively-named Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is the tubestock plant we’ll be discussing this week readers. A native of tropical west Africa from Cameroon west to Senegal, this versatile and low maintenance flowering plant is suitable as a patio or pot plant in areas where the temperature is cooler and can be used to grow along fences in warmer climates.

One of the advantages of the sprawling shrub is its adaptability. The Bleeding Heart Vine can ...

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How we ensure that tubestock plants arrive safely

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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Evergreen Growers is: How well do tubestock plants travel? And the follow up question: How do we pack the tubestock plants to ensure they arrive safely?

As an online nursery it is of course in our best interests to ensure that our our tubestock plants arrive at their destination in as good a condition as is possible. Therefore great care is taken to package them ...

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The correct way to handle tube stock seedlings

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Perhaps you’ve just taken delivery of some tube stock plants from online nursery Evergreen Growers but you’re wondering about the best way to handle them. You may ask yourself: How can I minimise shock to the plant and prevent damage to the delicate roots?

Care does needs to be taken when you handle young plants and seek to transfer them into the ground. As discussed in our ...

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The Lilly Pilly — versatile, tough and native beauty (Part One)

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Every now and then Evergreen Growers will be publishing helpful and informative articles about selected plants and flowers. This week sees the start of a two part series on the magnificent lilly pilly.

Lovers of Australian native flora need no introduction to the superb lilly pilly, often referred to as the Australian cherry because of the reddish or purplish fruits they bear. The lilly pilly is a robust plant, needing only moderate watering after it is established and is ...

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Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show winner? Try your own garden design

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Earlier this week we passed on the news on our Facebook Page of the success of the Australian design team at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Trailfinders Australian Garden designer Philip Johnson and his Aussie team did their country proud by taking out the prestigious first prize. Not only were the team ecstatic at the award but the design inspired by an Australian bush gorge got the Royal Nod of Approval according to reports!

The two million ...

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The White Mulberry — more than just a canopy tree

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As part of our service to gardeners and growers (and those keen on setting up a productive and attractive garden) we at Evergreen Growers like to feature — and discuss — a selected plant available in our nursery.

This week it’s the turn of the versatile and fruit-bearing White Mulberry tree.

The attractive and multi-tasking Mulberry has its place in Australian history as the source of ...

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