The fan flower makes an attractive ground cover.
The fan flower makes an attractive ground cover.

Make dad's day with garden gifts

IT'S almost Father's Day, so we have some good suggestions for something special for him.

A great idea would be to give him a 43rd edition of Yates' Garden Guide, celebrating 125 years in Australia.

These books have topped the best-selling gardening books list for a century, and are available in all good bookshops.

Add to that the excellent gardening magazine, subTropical Gardening - a wonderful gift even for 'ho-hum' gardeners, which is a beautifully presented publication with superb photography, and articles from a long list of noted horticulturists in our climatic region.

A subscription to this would keep him well-informed and enthusiastic about his surroundings, with annual subscriptions for the four issues just $35.80.

Phone or fax orders to 3294 8914 or subscribe online to

The quarterly magazine ATG - About the Garden - is produced by well-known local company Searles, who have been providing products to improve our gardening skills since 1977 including this magazine which is about to release its 61st edition.

Filled with good advice and colour, it can be home delivered for $18 annually and $30 for two years, by emailing or phone 5422 3090.

Gardening tools are always popular, ranging from trowels, secateurs and leaf rakes, to bigger items such as mulchers that will even chop up palm fronds for under $250.

We sold our Ozito brand we'd owned for five years when we moved to the village, and it's still going well.

There are also compost bins from $35 and a blower/vac costing $60 that mulches the leaves littering your paths.

The family could all club in together for any of these, and he'd be a happy chappy.

If on the other hand he has all those things, but has dreamed of having his own fruiting trees without the space to grow them, you can easily overcome that problem for him.

There are many different varieties of dwarf fruit trees available nowadays including such delectables as mangos, which would do well as long as they have a sunny situation.

Citrus trees are probably the most popular and are certainly not difficult to grow, and you can purchase several varieties of oranges, lemons, mandarins and limes that would all grow well in tubs.

So select the one he would prefer, purchase a suitable tub and the best potting medium available, and make his day.


Plant of the week

There's a lovely Australian native called scaevola, more commonly known as fan flower (due to the flowers being shaped like a fan), that makes a delightful groundcover for almost any garden.

These hardy plants flower most of the year, are evergreen, and there are several colours available including white, lilac, blue, pink and a new one known as scaevola seaside that has both blue and white flowers.

Our neighbours have one, and it is a real eye-catcher, so we don't think it will be long before many more of us have some beautifying our village.

They do best in well-drained soil in a sunny spot, and if you have run out of ground space, they make ideal hanging basket subjects.

Have a look for them.


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