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Foodcube makes growing veggies easy

foodcubeGardenworld is pleased to announce the Biofilta Foodcube planter. The foodcube is a revolutionary new Australian made product which is made out of 100% recycled plastic. It’s modular design system allows for easy linking and connection of multiple foodcubes.

The foodcube features a huge 110 litre water reservoir and a 90mm connection point which can be linked to other foodcubes or a water source. Inbuilt soil cones automatically wick water into the soil from the reservoir while side posts aerate the soil

The foodcube is long lasting, has low water use, adjustable water height and can be modified with different facades or aesthetic features to your personal taste.

The foodcube’s dimensions are: 1140mm x 1140mm x 495mm and it provides a square metre of growing space. Available add-ons include a trellis kit, height extension and is compatible with various netting and cover systems.

Put simply the foodcube is the easiest way we know to be successful with growing herbs and vegetables. The fact that it has a water reservoir means that you can leave it for a week, come back and your vegetables and herbs are still alive and thriving. Official product release date: 1/8/19 available for pre-order now here.





New Release – Flourish Fertiliser for Cacti & Succulent

flourish cacti and succulent fertiliserThe team here at Gardenworld are pleased to announce our newest release: Flourish soluble fertiliser for Cacti and Succulents.

This effective fertiliser is available in a 500 gram box, which will make up to 900 litres of liquid formula, ideal for cacti & succulents in garden beds, outdoor containers and indoor pots.

For best results it is recommended to apply over foliage and around plant roots and it should be used in the early morning.

The product comes in a resealable bag and includes a measuring spoon to avoid messes and wastage.

The fertilizers unique dual action formula works year round and balances NPK and chelated trace elements that allows it to feed plants through both leaves and roots and enrich flowering.

The fertiliser is made in Australia, by an Australian owned business. Flourish contains no chlorides.


Quality cover pots made in Germany by SK

A favourite of both Gardenworld staff and people around the globe, Soendgen Keramic (often shortened to SK) is a German company who have been creating some of the most iconic and loved cover pot designs used around the world since 1893. Some of their most popular designs include:

  • The Boston, with it’s textured and indented finish creates an interesting and dynamic looking pot, which is sure to enhance the presentation of your plants
  • The Basel with it’s refined and gentle curves provides a refined take on the classic pot design
  • The Miami uses a much more cylindrical design language, with a flat bottom and a precise curve and finish, the Miami is a great fit for workplace or modern home setting

The key difference between regular pots and cover pots is that with cover pots you can simply slide the existing plastic pot into the cover pot and cover pots do not feature drainage holes (all pots produced by Soendgen are waterproof.)

Soendgen Keramic place a high priority on both quality German-made products and environmentally friendly, they have implemented several initiatives such as the use of only natural domestic clay, heat recovery, closed rainwater cycles and continuous optimization of their material management. So you can rest easy knowing your SK pot has been not only held to stringent quality standards but has also been produced by a company committed to sustainable initiatives.




New Release – Calathea Fusion White

CALATHEA LABEL FUSION WHITEGardenworld is pleased to announce our new release, the Calathea Fusion White, This leafy indoor plant is characterised by it’s distinctive marbleised white, green and purple leaves and is now available at both Gardenworld Bayside and Braeside.

Calatheas are currently one of the most popular indoor varieties and prefer light shade or dappled light, they enjoy humidity which can be simulated by misting their leaves which can be done regularly – also avoid letting the roots dry out.

The Calathea is not toxic to pets and can grow to around 60 cm in height. The plants unique colours make it a great fit for indoor settings, it works particularly well with white walls or furnishings, the white allows it to fit in, while the colour makes it an eye-catching yet subtle choice.

This plant is perfect to provide a little colour and style to your home or office, Calatheas also work to naturally purify the air around you. This is a perfect plant for those seeking a plant to be a centrepiece in a display or room. The plant should be re-potted during spring season once every 2 years, just in a somewhat bigger pot if the roots have consumed all the space in the current pot.

Calathea Fusion White in Dallas Esprit Matte White from SK


Melbourne Flower & Garden Show 2019

Ok, so it was called The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, brought to you by Lawn Solutions, or more colloquially as MIFGS. Blah blah blah. (Personally I think it should just be called The Melbourne Flower Show).

All photos below are in no particular order and on no particular day, using an iphone 7plus with images optimised down to around 200k. James Wall 2019.

Collector's Cornerleaf and bearpalazzo by Leaf and BearTo Be Continued….

Phillip Withers creates The 2017 ‘Best In Show’

By James Wall.

A story about a gold medal Show Garden that Gardenworld sourced many of the plants for.

On a cold Wednesday morning we were queuing outside the historical Exhibition Buildings when I bumped into a rather forlorn looking Phillip Withers. Like most designers doing a show garden, the last few nights had been late ones. Phil however looked a little pale. It after wimpish handshake or two I noticed his right hand was looking damaged. He had sustained a rather large splinter late last night and this had caused his hand to swell considerably. The hospital had been unable to remove the stubborn fragment of wood, but this was one breakfast that Phil could not resist.

This was the awards breakfast. A rather silly time slot as it is on at 7.15am on the first day of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. I guess it’s the only time you can arrange all these dignitaries in the one room. At least the coffee was dark and the food was out soon.

Of course there were only a few awards announced, with the cream of them being ‘Best In Show’. This is for the best outdoor garden display. This is what Landscape Designers aspire to, and hang there hat on. For those that have never won it, it can be an incurable addiction leading to the quest of a lifetime – sometimes an Everest that is never reached.

“and the winning garden is ‘I See Wild’ by Phil Withers. There was a gasp in the room. It was not one of the more formal gardens that one. It was not the typical garden that 90% of clients would ask for. It was different – it was wild, maybe that was why it one. It was also built on time, and the quality of plants made the garden shine. There was an aura.


I am sure at this point all the pain left Phil’s hand and for him, his team, and his sponsors, there was a shiver of delight and almost a tear in the eye. His speech was humble, loose and genuine, in its typical Phil way. Here was a man who had toiled on show gardens with bronze and silver medals only, but who had come up through the ranks and not only got gold, but the even more coveted, best in show.

Later that morning there were some mumbles from the detractors of Phil’s garden. How can a garden have a grass tree, a fig tree and a 3 metre cactus make sense. What is the theme ? What type of garden is this ? How can it have won Best In Show with very little hard construction like a building, or without the obligatory but fraught with danger water feature. There was something special about this garden though, because the punters dwelled, they stared, they oohed and they aahed. Yes maybe Phil did pull off a heist – but gee he did it well.

“Wild At Heart” wins 1st prize in Boutique Garden Competition

Emmaline Bowman is one of the new generation of Landscape Designers. A woman brought up in the Gippsland countryside, Emmaline practices what she preaches. Her belief in using native plants was seen first hand in this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden  Show where she won first prize in the Boutique Garden Competition. Now her company, Stem Landscape Architecture & Design is now going to be in high demand, to create more of her wonderful gardens.

The garden Emmaline designed was all about bringing nature into your own backyard. We can all have our own little piece of nature, no matter how small our garden is. It’s not just about using native plants, although that’s a good start. It is about creating a habitat, and this might include water, little home for insects and the acceptance that insects, birds, and animals are all a part of it.

The garden was aptly named, “Wild At Heart” To enter this competition, the garden had to be 5m x 5m in size. It was a beautiful garden that expressed itself well. It was also well built (all above ground) and was judged to be the best in its category. One of the features was a vertical garden of water plants running into a pond.

Here is what Emmaline’s submission said about the garden:

‘Wild at Heart’ is a garden designed to integrate Australia’s native flora and fauna into a retreat for people to unwind and reconnect with nature. It is a conservation project bringing Australia’s unique natural environment into urban backyards; unifying rehabilitation with the opportunity for people to once again experience nature in everyday life.

Working as a system, it is a place where water naturally cools the air as it trickles down a planted wall into a pond that winds down past the recycled timber deck and where native frogs provide a wonderful symphony of melodic tunes amongst the flowering water plants. It is where misshapen stones and boulders provide homes for skinks and geckos to feast on the insects that are drawn into the garden, and where native bees and insects pollinate the numerous native flowers and edible plants.

This garden provides a space where one can step back into nature, away from the harsh sounds, smells and bustle of city and urban life, to a place where nature works effortlessly. Children can observe and discover Earths own creations as children did in years past. It is a place that allows you to unwind as you relax on a suspended day bed with a beverage and your favourite book.

Gardenworld was proud to provide plants towards this project. Lotus Watergardens also provided the murray river rainbows – a small native fish that lived in the pond.

Link: Stem Landscape Architecture & Design

Behind the scenes at the 2017 Flower Show

We just thought we would have a peek over the fence at this years Melbourne Flower Show.

Gardenworld has been proud to supply plants to Phillip Withers show garden show and a boutique garden by Emmaline Bowman. And of course our good friends Brent Reid from Candeo Design and Semken Landscaping are also there.

We are also near the fountain, holding gardening talks and demonstrations brought to you by independent nurseries from all over Victoria.

Phillip Withers - I See Wild 2017


Champion plants of the Carniverous form.

Last weekend Collector’s Corner @ Gardenworld held the annual show for the Victorian Carniverous Plants Society.Apologies for at this stage not naming the growers of these two champion plants.

Heliamphora-folliculataThe Grand Champion was Heliamphora folliculata (murosipan) pictured above. Heliamphora folliculata is a species of Marsh Pitcher Plant endemic to the Aparaman group of tepuis in Venezuela. It grows on all four mountains: Aparaman Tepui, Murosipan Tepui, Tereke Tepui and Kamakeiwaran Tepui.

cephalotusThe Cephalotus first place went to this amazing terrarium planting above. Cephalotus is a genus which contains one species, Cephalotus follicularis the Australian pitcher plant, a small carnivorous pitcher plant. This is apparently a challenging plant to grow. This one is thriving.

How to make a Succulent Tin Container

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs.

Our garden sheds and garages are a classic hiding spot for all those old items that we forget we even have. There have been countless of times I have gone through and cleaned out my shed and thrown away items that could have been repurposed in the garden. I look back on some of those items and think to myself,  ‘I could have used that to make a really interesting planter pot’.

Over the years I have started to ‘up-cycle’ old objects and turn them into unique containers for my plants. Featured around my garden are an assortment of old strainers, tins, spoons and many more objects that I have turned into fun eye-catching containers. When creating these pots I love to plant them up with a variety of different succulents and cacti. I find these types of plants to be great because they are very reliable and don’t require much maintenance to keep them happy in smaller containers. There are also a huge variety of textures and colours to choose from and you can create some very beautiful containers!

In this video I show you how you can make your very own succulent tin container and it is super easy and quick to make. They are also a great gift for anyone who just starting to grow succulents for the first time and are a fun gift to even the experienced gardener.

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