Annual Versus Perennial: What’s the Difference?
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by Tom Smith
1M ago
Stepping into a fragrant, sun-filled garden can transport you to another world. The personal sense of achievement you feel when your flowers reach bloom can be incredible, particularly when you have designed your garden to perfectly coordinate the bloom times, colours and shapes to fit your style.  One key factor that contributes to deciding what plants to use in your garden is whether they are annuals or perennials. The differences are in their life cycles, and understanding them can help you utilise your gardening budget to create stunning seasonal displays. Understanding the Difference ..read more
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A Flourish of Frangipanis – Types of Frangipanis
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by GE CustServ
3M ago
A garden graced with blooming Frangipanis is a sight to behold. Frangipanis are not just a feast for the eyes, but they also carry a beautiful scent that’s synonymous with summer. While the traditional white Frangipani is a classic, there’s a rainbow of colours and a variety of species that can add unique charm to your garden. Let’s delve into the types of Frangipani that might just find a place in your garden’s heart. Evergreen vs Deciduous Before we delve into the many types of Frangipani that are available at Garden Express, it’s important to understand the distinction between evergreen an ..read more
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Ammocharis Longifolia Growing Guide
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by GE CustServ
3M ago
Ammocharis Longifolia, commonly known as the Malgas lily, is an enchanting flower to grow. Belonging to the Amaryllis family, these deciduous plants are renowned as one of the most eye-catching South African bulbs. In summer, the Malgas lily blooms with creamy white flowers atop their short stems. These petals undergo a breathtaking transformation, developing a pink hue in the blooming period. Flowers are replaced by vibrant foliage during winter. Due to their low maintenance and spectacular appearance, they are considered one of the most rewarding drought-resistant flowers. Ammocharis Longif ..read more
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Boophone Disticha Growing Guide
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by Tom Smith
3M ago
Boophone Disticha  Boophone Disticha is known by many common names, including the century plant, gifbol, or poison bulb. This plant is a truly rare and unique addition to any plant collection. It is admired for its breathtaking distichous foliage, with each wavy-edged leaf stacked on top of each other, either side of an above-ground bulb. They lose these leaves when in bloom as they develop bright pink and red flowers with curled back petals. Flowering can be unpredictable and short-lived but the ornamental nature of Boophone Disticha leaves makes achieving bloom a secondary concern. Thei ..read more
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How to Grow African Violet: A Step-by-Step Guide
Garden Express Blog
by Tom Smith
3M ago
African Violets Growin African Violets (Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia), are a delightful addition to any indoor garden. Belonging to the Gesneriaceae family, these compact, herbaceous perennials are celebrated for their vibrant blooms and lush, velvety leaves. The flowers of African Violets have a wide range of colours, including deep purples, blues, pinks, and whites, sitting atop rosettes of dark green leaves, often with a quilted texture. Thriving in indoor environments, African Violets are perfect for brightening up small spaces like office desks, windowsills, and cosy corners of your ho ..read more
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The Ultimate Growing Frangipani Guide
Garden Express Blog
by GE CustServ
3M ago
Frangipani Growing Guide What is Frangipani? The Frangipani (Plumeria spp.), is a captivating plant renowned for its mesmerising scent and vibrant blooms. Originating from Central and South America, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean, it belongs to the Apocynaceae family, sometimes referred to as the ‘dogbane’ family. Most commonly recognised as deciduous small trees or large shrubs, there are several deciduous species of frangipani, shedding their leaves annually. While there are evergreen species, these predominantly thrive in tropical and sub-tropical environments, making them a popular ch ..read more
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Types and Colours of Grevillea
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by Tom Smith
3M ago
Grevillea, often referred to as the ‘jewels of the Australian flora’ have captured the hearts of garden enthusiasts across the world. These native Australian beauties not only adorn gardens with vibrant colours and textures, but also offer ecological benefits, drawing in a diverse range of pollinators. Garden Express takes pride in offering a wonderful range of Grevillea varieties for enthusiasts to enjoy at home. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener, or just starting out, there is sure to be a Grevillea colour that will delight. Yellow Grevillea Varieties Bright and uplifting, yellow Grevilleas ..read more
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Kangaroo Paw Colours and Varieties
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by Tom Smith
3M ago
Garden enthusiasts seeking vibrant and unique plants will certainly be captivated by the distinct beauty of the Kangaroo Paw. Recognised for its distinctive flower shape resembling a kangaroo’s paw, this plant comes in a myriad of eye-catching colours and varieties. Known scientifically as Anigozanthos, Kangaroo Paws have evolved to become a favourite among both novice and seasoned gardeners. Check out the official Garden Express Kangaroo Paw growing guide for an in-depth overview of how to grow these magnificent plants. Kangaroo Paw Colours Red Kangaroo Paw The vibrant shade of the red Kangar ..read more
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What is a David Austin Rose?
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by GE CustServ
4M ago
What are David Austin English Roses? In the world of roses, David Austin roses have long been a popular flower choice for beginners and experienced gardeners alike. Known for their classic beauty and fragrant blooms, these hybrids combine the best characteristics of old garden and modern shrub roses. The result is a plant with large, fragrant blossoms that also feature repeat blooms in a variety of colours. With so many shapes and sizes available, there is a David Austin rose for every landscape — whether you’re looking to create a vibrant border or add some elegance to your patio or balcony ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know About Drought-Tolerant Australian Natives
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by Tom Smith
4M ago
Australia is known for its vast and diverse landscape, with an abundance of flora uniquely adapted to its challenging conditions. Australian native drought-tolerant plants not only showcase Australia’s natural beauty, but are a testament to the remarkable resilience that has evolved over millions of years. The Beauty of Drought-Tolerant Australian Native Plants Drought-tolerant Australian natives are a remarkable group of plants, suited to the often harsh and arid conditions of the Australian landscape. They have evolved to thrive where rainfall is sparse and unpredictable. These plants are a ..read more
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