Category Archive: Flowers

New Zealand Rock Lily – Arthropodium cirratum

By Riann Harrison

If you are looking for an ideal plant to grow in dry shade then I have the perfect suggestion for you, it’s the Arthropodium cirratum or commonly known as the NZ Rock Lily.


A native of NZ this plant is a clump forming perennial with lush green strap-like foliage.  It grows approximately 85cm high x 1 metre wide and it thrives in filtered sun to part shade and very tolerant of dry conditions.  The beautiful feature of this plant are the masses of delicate clusters of nodding white flowers with soft pink buds above the lovely foliage during spring.

Having my own garden that is very shaded with many well established deciduous and evergreen trees I was having challenges growing anything beneath them until I gave the Arthropodium a chance.  To me it was like discovering gold, it thrived so much that most of my garden now consists of mass plantings of the Arthropodium underneath all my large trees.  The impact of them when they are in flower is so impressive that passer-bys approach me to ask what the plant is called.

Once established they rarely need water in such a competitive environment.  I fertilise them each spring and they need their old bottom leaves removed a couple of times a year. The one and only disadvantage is that the snails love their fresh new foliage especially after rain but that is easily rectified by a sprinkling of Multicrop Snail Bait amongst the foliage.  This plant will reward you unconditionally in what can at times be a difficult spot.  Enjoy.


Rare orchid now smelling at Collector’s Corner.

Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis in flower

“Enjoy this plant and its flowers but… bring a peg for your nose!”

This is perhaps one of those rarities that one seldom sees in cultivation and least of which, in flower!

Hailing from the tropical lowlands of Papua New Guinea this magnificent orchid is a true collectors’ dream and one with it’s own exacting cultivation requirements. These plants require year round water and warm to hot and extremely humid conditions in deep shade.  A rather slow grower, it will eventually have leaves that reach near the 2 metre length and pseudo bulbs the size of a baseball, though larger specimens have been observed in the past.

Our specimen is only a juvenile plant and it is well on it’s way to attaining full size in a couple of years. As it stands, it is still an impressive specimen and one can view this amazing orchid in the Species Orchid Room.

One warning though, steer clear of getting to close as the “fragrance” that it emits will undoubtedly shock you! unless you enjoy the lovely aroma of dead fish rolled in cat litter! The flowers on this plant are pollinated by flies so one can only surmise the type of odour that it pumps out especially in the warmth of the hot room. A stunning addition to our collection of rare and unusual plants from around the world and one which we love to share with all people with a passion for nature’s weird and wonderful treasures.

Enjoy the plant and flowers but… bring a peg for your nose!

Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

Delbard Dahlias – limited number of tubers – out now.

By James Wall


You’ve got to love a good dahlia. I have fond memories of visiting the Dahlia Show at the Mount Waverly town hall every February and wondering how they get these “dinner plate” sized flowers. Those very good growers are thinking about their dahlias right now. It’s all about planning ahead, preparing the soil and becoming a brother or sister to these stately plants.

How is it that something as ugly as a tuber can grow into a vivid lime green foliaged plant of over a metre in height that can have an abundance of 10 to 20cm sized magnifcant double flowered blooms I guess it is the wonders of nature at work.

one ugly looking tuber - this one could be divided

Rankins, who are a nursery famous for their roses, including the very fine performing French Delbard Roses have now released over 10 varieties of Delbard dahlia tubers. These  French beauties are unique and dazzling with flamboyant explosions of colour and shapes. Repeat flowering, Delbard Dahlias are tough, dry-tolerant and love our hot Australian Summers.


Plant tubers between August and December in a sunny position. Incorporate a liberal amount of organic material including blood and bone and chicken manure. The best place is protected from the wind.

Plant the ugly tuber 10-15cm deep with the crown up. If planting in rows, space plants about 60cm apart. Mulch well after planting..


Like many flowering plants, pick the first few flowers for the vase and this will encourage a bushier plant and promote more flowering. Expect flowering all summerand well into Autumn. Staking may help support the plant, especially during windy days.


Feed throughout the summer. In late autumn the plant will begin to yellow. Cut down the stems to 10cm from the ground. Tubers can be dug up and divided every 2 to 3 years and stored in a cool dry place for storage until the next planting season.

Around and around so nature goes, and this time, she turns an ugly duckling into a ravishing beauty.


Hellebore – the Winter Royalty Collection

These plants are turning heads in our nursery right now. They include the new Winter Royalty Collection. It is certainly an apt name for this series because these stately flowers do have an air of grandness about them.

Hellebore Winter Sunshine

Hellebore Winter Sunshine

Winter Royalty Collection

6 in the series

Angel Glow

Ivory Prince

Penny’s Pink

Ruby Glow


Winter Sunshine

Not only are they flowering, so you can see the colours, but they are in bigger pots than the normal 140 mm ones which means you get big chunky plants. The Winter Sunshine pictured above seems to start off pink and then turn more predominately cream. Searching for something truly special for your garden this winter? For those seeking a classic, elegant look ‘Penny’s Pink’ is the answer. The beautiful new hellebore has certainly earned its place in the Winter Royalty Collection. These unique flowers are a unique dome shape, and adorn the plant throughout winter and early spring. It is quite simply a stunning variety.

Hellebore Penny's Pink

Hellebore Penny's Pink

Hellebore prefer a shadier position and grow quite well under trees. In mid winter I cut the old leaves off and it looks like there is nothing there. However under the ground there are a mass of buds and new leaves ready to almost immediately pop out. That is when you get these glorious antique flowers.

Apart from the Winter Royalty collection, have a look at some of the other beauties below.


Acacia baileyana flowering now.

First published at Gardeners Notebook by  Bonnie Marie Hibbs

I was out in the garden and something yellow caught my eye.  I discovered one of my Acacia baileyana, (common name Cootamundra Wattle), in flower.  Estimating; I believe my tree is to a height of 4 meters tall and has a width of 3 meters. (Acacia’s are amongst the FABACEAE family, which is also made up of three sub-families.)

Acacia baileyana

The foliage has what I call an ash green or even a silver blue colouring and pinnate leaves. The bark is smooth and dark brown, with a trunk diameter of 20cm.


Now, the most eye-catching, beautiful and magical thing about this tree is its inflorescent yellow flower chains. Globular flowers make up these impressive clusters of yellow. The flowers almost resemble a pom-pom with the amount of showy stamens, and only reach a length of 8mm in size.


If you are on the lookout for these trees they are usually found in the natural bushland and sometimes in nature reserves, or in your own backyard.


Acacia baileyanaAcacia baileyanaAcacia baileyana


Rose Pruning goes off without a nick

Diana in action on the long handled loppers.

Diana in action on the long handled loppers.

Last Saturday saw Diana Fickling from the Rose Society. Diana says, “pruning is a very important part of rose care, for without correct pruning, over time the plant’s flowering capacity will diminish”.

A good turn out enjoyed the intricate pruning and sawing techniques and seemed to leave a lot more confidence on how they would tackle their own roses this year.

If you haven’t been able to see one of the demonstrations, don’t be too worried as you can’t really do much damage to your roses by pruning, so why not have a go. Not only will it be good for the rose, it will also portray a neat and tidy look in your garden.

Make sure you remove any leaves off the ground as they may be harbouring black spot spores which will jump onto your new growth. If you had black spot problems with all the wet weather this year, consider using lime sulphur on your roses whilst they have no leaves on them over the winter.

When you see some new growth after winter, give them a good feed and they will be off and growing for a whole new season. They will be invigorated !


Rose pruning demonstration

there was a big turnout for the 1.30 session

The next rose pruning sessions will be held at Gardenworld Nursery on July 7th at 11 am and 1.30 pm. The sessions are free and there is no need to book – just turn up on the day and you are guaranteed to learn something new about the wonderful plant called the rose.

Speaking of new, many of our new season roses have now arrived and are available for sale. There are some awesome varieties, including One Love.

One Love

One Love

Growers Notes : this little gem flowers continuously over glossy green foliage. the ageing smokey purple in the flower will be more dominant in warmer temps, holding more pink tones in cooler weather. no doubt One Love will be different for everybody .

One Love

One Love



Living Treats For Mother’s Day

Gardenworld would have to be like a lolly shop for mums. All week we have had ooohs and aaahs from mums who have visited the store.

Sure we have beautiful tea towels and mugs, but it is always the living gifts that walk out the door first.

A flowering pot plant lasts so much longer than a bunch of flowers.

Water the base of the plant and keep the flowers dry and they will flower for twice as long. Cyclamen like going out into the cold so would love the back patio where they would flower for months.

It’s not just cyclamens and chrysanthemums either. There are also flowering begonias, tulips, hyacinths, and the new Euphorbia Lipstick. An early favourite seems to be the hyacinths. It must be their alluring fragrance.

We have gift wrapped stock ready to go, or come in and wrap your own at our free wrapping station.

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and here are a few pictures of some of our treats. Enjoy !



Tulips will love the cold temperatures forecast for Mothers Day.


These tuberous begonias will flower for months.

Gift wrapped hyacinths are walking out !

pink flamingo

This pink flamingo is handmade using thousands of beads.


Cyclamen are still one of the favourites.


These beautiful terrariums make a very classy gift.


Last but not least - the traditional chrysantheMUMS !


Yates 125th birthday in Australia

By James  Wall

Yates commemorative seed tin - the lid.

Young Englishman Arthur Yates migrated to New Zealand in the late 1870s to escape the damp weather of his native Manchester. In 1883 he opened a seed shop in Auckland and, during a visit to Sydney in 1886, he realised there was an opportunity to establish a similar business in Australia.

Arthur YatesIn 1887 Arthur left his brother Ernest to manage the New Zealand side of the business and set up his branch shop in Sussex St, Sydney.

My Dad bought seeds from Yates and so do I. Not only is there 125 years of tradition. There is a guarantee that seeds will germinate or your money back. What started as a family business is now part of a listed company. Companies however never forget their past and it is with great pride that Yates release their commemorative seed tin with 12 packets of vintage seed. Most of the varieties included were part of the first Yates Australian catalogue back in 1887.

It might seem rather daggy to be sowing your own seed in this day and age. Seedlings are at least 5 weeks ahead, and you could even  just buy harvested vegies from the fruit shop. There are a myriad of reasons not to sow seed in this fast paced world, but that’s not stopping thousands of people that we sell seed to every year from getting down and germinating their own.

Get organised, sow your own seeds, and you will save lots of money and live naturally. You see the thing about most packets of seeds is that you don’t use the whole pack. In fact you often get several successive sowings and many seeds are still viable many years after the official use by date. You may get a little less germination, but you will get enough to feed yourself or to enjoy a little flowering treat in your own backyard. You also know what the plants have been sprayed with, and most of all, you get a sense of achievement, an inner glow. Try it and you will see.

The special edition tin is just $19.95 and contains over $35 worth of seed in a commemorative tin that you can use to store seed for many years to come. Gardenworld is offering the tin at this very special price and it is also for sale online with free delivery Australia wide.  Stocks are strictly limited. Click here to purchase.

Checkout the pleasantly simple names in the tin:

Beetroot Blood Red

Carrot Manchester Table

Cucumber Apple Shaped

Foxglove Fine

Leek Musselburgh

Onion Brown Spanish

Pansy Good Mixed

Radish French Breakfast

Spinach Round

Sunflower Tall Yellow

Tomato Large Red

Watermelon Ice Cream

Read the full story here.

Growing bougainvillea in Melbourne.

By James Wall

Today Gardenworld welcomed wholesale bougainvillea grower Peter Driessen who is also known as the Bougie Man. Here is a few questions I posed to him.

Are they deciduous?

Not naturally, but can be depending on the climate. During a cold winter in Melbourne they have been seen to lose 3 quarters of their leaves, but during some of those mild winters of the drought, they lost no leaves at all.

What are the biggest mistakes gardeners make with them?

They over water them. This causes wet feet. Lack of oxygen gets to the roots. They curl up their leaves and can die. Ideally, dig a 75cm square where you are going to plant and raise the area by 10cm. This will assist in drainage. Remember, roots will not develop further in damp conditions. This is why they grow very little in a wet winter.

How often do you you prune ?

Prune them hard. You can use a headge trimmer and then clean up with secatuers. Many of the new varieties might flower a few times per year and so the first prune might be after the first flush of flowers in spring.  Then you might prune again after flowering in summer, and again after flowering in Autumn. Other varieties like the red Scalett O’Hara only flower during 12 hour days in autumn and spring, missing the summer flush.

What other varieties are there?

Of course there is the old Magnifica trailii but we don’t sell that as it just gets too big and is quite overwhelming. This was one of the origianl varieties discovered in South America by the French back in about 1770. The varieties chosen today are much more manageable with good strong flowers.

The whites are not quite as strong, but the 2 best are White Cascade and Donyo.

Dwarf varieities grow very well in Queensland but Melbourne is a bit more borderline. You need to get good growth during the warmer periods and you may need to protect them in the first winter.

Any tips on growing in pots ?

Be careful using pots with only one hole (like terracotta). Makes sure to raise them off the ground with pot feet. Use scoria in the base of pot and cover with some flyscreen. This will stop the potting mix blending in with the scoria. Use a top quality potting mix with nice chunky pinebark, to ensure good drainage.

Peter’s dad started a nursery over 35 years ago and Peter was around for much of that as a kid. He has grown bougainvillea for about 20 years. It happened when they bought out an old nursery and amongst the plants were a couple of hundred bougs. After growing these and learning about them for a couple of years, they got hooked on these intriguing climbers. The crop takes about 7 months of the year, with a couple of months either side of that for preparation and sales. The best part is, Peter and his family get a month off every winter !

If you would like to see some of Peter’s stock, including some fabulous hanging baskets and some amazing standards (growing on sticks) – then get down to Gardenworld now.

International raiders rule the rose beds.

A wet winter has resulted in a spectacularly rosy outlook at Flemington.

Denise Gadd writes a very entertaining piece in The Age about Terry Freeman, the head gardener at Flemington racecourse. He grows thousands of roses. Click link below for the full story.

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