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hello, when would be a good season to plant kawa kawa tree, stevia plant?would there be any seeds for growing grass beds? what are good plants for fence that are all season?

  • richard asked 4 days ago
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When is the best time to plant malborough daisies . Are they in season now?.

  • Valerie asked 5 days ago
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Good afternoon

I will try and set the scene…

We have recently had to dig up a narrow garden (about 500 mm wide) that runs most of the length of our 1970s brick house.This is because we have now run PVC pipe along the back wall of the garden to catch more rain water for our tank (rural so on tank supply). So the trick is now, what do we plant alongside the pipe which will look good AND not have a large root system that may potentially damage the pipe in future years? We intend to obviously cover over the unsightly pipe but would also like the plants to be the major cover. The long narrow garden has the house wall on one side and a concrete path on the other so needs to be something that doesn’t constantly need cutting back. The garden itself is also not very deep. We used to have succulents but keen to try something that grows a bit higher as a feature against the brick work.

Added to this, it is in the front of our house so a ‘prime’ spot if you like and can either ‘make or break’ how the whole front area looks. We already have several gardens of various bromeliads so we want to do something different. We also can’t have plants that grow too high as there are windows (so not higher than about 1m).

I love flowers too and enjoy picking anything and everything for the house so would love something that flowered but that may be a wish too far!! We are open to any suggestions.

Many thanks in advance.


  • Lynley Drain asked 6 days ago
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I have a site directly beside my swimming pool and between the pool and a 2 metre corogated fence so the plants fall not the south side and only get sun in the morning. I did have white/grey convovulous but it really didn’t work. I have on the fence espaliated cocktails limes which are doing well and would like to replace the trumpet flowers under the limes with something in bulk…it is very clay like soil. I would like a grass or the like and need something that would fill the 1200cm x 70cm plot and wouldn’t grow higher than 40cm and wouldn’t be a pain by the pool. Other thing is my colour scheme is greys, green and white…i was suggested Acorus mini green, but would be keen on your thoughts…obviously it is a big space so cost also comes into it.

Thank you

  • Rachel asked 2 weeks ago
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Can you buy ground cover seeds ? Was looking at Selliera Radicans and there was a couple of others, this is for north faceing steps. Thanks

  • Anita Baker asked 3 weeks ago
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Have just found box blight on my buxus hedge approx 12yrs old, is there anything that might stop it that you could recommend. Any suggestions please.

  • Christine Thomas asked 1 month ago
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I have a 45degree Bank caused from trying to lower a retaining wall on my new section. I want to fill this with something I do not have to maintain as access is very difficult. I’m keen on grevllias, maybe drummer boy or rambler. This bank faces north so has sun most of the day. There is no top soil at all on the bank. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Ma y thanks

  • Anita Thorpe asked 2 months ago
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Ht advice please when to prune weeping cherry tree & how far do you trim it back

  • Robyn G asked 2 months ago
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I would like to create a edge, like a green wall, on one side of my garden. I was thinking of cypressus as they can grow thick and fast.
What would be your advice on the following points:
Is there someting better than cypressus ?
Which distance do they need to be planted from the back fence and between each one of them (the purpose is to create a thick wall with a 5+ meters height ?

Thanks in advance for your advice

  • JF Levesque asked 2 months ago
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Hi there

Do you have any suggestions of plants that we can plant in front of our outside air con unit? They would need to be able cope with hot air being blown onto them in summer and cooler air in winter.

Thank you 🙂

  • Rebekah Dassler asked 2 months ago
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Making 2 new gardens and wonder if hibiscus would be suitable for either. First is up a driveway. North facing with tin metal fence behind but soil is heavy clay. Has flax and agapanthus there at moment.
2nd is new built up bed in patio area but facing south. Will have good soil imported. Sheltered but has fence stopping most of the sun. Gets very hot in summer but not much direct sun on the bed itself.
Advice would be helpful. Thanks. Kae

  • Kae asked 2 months ago
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Hello, we are building a house in an exposed area of Bay of Plenty and wanting to plant a shelter belt that can be maintained to a height of 3-4 meters. Do you have any suggestions?


  • Nathan asked 3 months ago
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Your web site is bonkers. nevertheless I am trying to find out if you have ANY planter boxes..pretty simple really but you’d think I was asking for something from Mars trying to get ANY sense out of your search engine. bad bad bad design.whoever designed it should be shot without ceremony!
DO you have planter boxes in the Bethlehem/TGA store and if so how do I view these on-line before burning precious fossil fuels to come and look?

  • Evan Campbell asked 3 months ago
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Have a large ornamental in the middle of the roundabout of our driveway. Need a continuous planting around the base, height around 30cm, colour green and tidy compact plant. Area can be hot and dry, frost resistant. Nearby in the driveway have buxus hedging surrounding roses, and daphne as hedging.

  • kay asked 4 months ago
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I like tropical plants and have a raised garden bed approx 3m x 1m to plant. I have quite a few tropical or sub-tropical plants but have lost a few to the odd hard frost we get in Tauranga (agaves etc). Can you suggest some that cope in frosts better? Growing anything from ground to 1m or so height?

Thank you

  • Karen Angland asked 4 months ago
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Hi, I am wanting to plant a magnolia next to a fence line and I love Manchu Fan but I see it has a low canopy close to the ground that wouldn’t work right next to a fence. What I am wondering is can I prune it as it grows to make it have a higher canopy or is this a no no with magnolias?

  • Emily asked 4 months ago
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Hi, last year moving into a new property I happily planted the garden strip in the front of my unit. from November to March it was very sunny, and annuals looked amazing, but from May to September the garden received no sun at all. Iceland poppies struggled and stretched to find the sun, as did most other plants.

The soil is not very deep so nothing deep rooted will succeed, but I would like now to plant it with small shrubs that will be happy through a shady winter, and sunny summer, I have planted Coleonema pulchellum, which is not very happy, and a daphne which might be sulking, there is also a Choisya left from the previous owners which is very happy, and has been flowering prolifically.

But now I would like to try again, what would like to grow in this funny little garden? I am happy to have some plants in pots for soli depth, and I do love perfume and coloured plants.

Many thanks for any ideas,



  • Sue Archer asked 4 months ago
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Is there a variety of flowering cherry that doesn’t send out roots for miles and send up suckers all over the lawn?

  • Jan C asked 4 months ago
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Can I transplant an arum lily plant from one garden to the next? If not, is this species sold commercially, or other options.

  • Giorgia Kershaw asked 5 months ago
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We’re building a new house. There is a built-in wooden planter box in the central courtyard. As the deck is a metre off the ground, we’ll need a lot of “fill” in the box. Can you advise how we layer the contents? Perhaps clay and gravel, topsoil, then planting mix? It will get morning sun in summer, mainly shade the rest of the time.

  • Sue Monk asked 5 months ago
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