Monthly Archives: July 2016

Purple Lobelia pots

How to style your pots and compliment the flowers using a splash of paint, terracotta pots and hanging brackets.

Purple Lobelia pots. Lobelia 'Ultra Cascade' in full bloom - © GAP Photos

Purple Lobelia pots. Lobelia ‘Ultra Cascade’ in full bloom – © GAP Photos

Brighten up your container displays by painting some old and tired terracotta pots. Adding a uniformed colour to your pots and placing them together will instantly draw the eye and create a lovely display. You can group them together or a colour themed corner of your terrace or secure them to a wall or fence. This step by step guide shows you how…Featuring Lobelia ‘Ultra Cascade’.

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Wedding buttonhole

Ingredients required for making a Wedding Buttonhole. Featuring Zinnia elegans 'Queen Red Lime', Rosa 'Ambridge Rose', Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion' and Abelia x grandiflora - © GAP Photos

Ingredients required for making a Wedding Buttonhole. Featuring Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora – © GAP Photos

A simple step by step illustrating how to craft a Wedding Buttonhole with a peach colour theme.

Wedding Buttonhole made with Zinnia elegans 'Queen Red Lime', Rosa 'Ambridge Rose', Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion' and Abelia x grandiflora - © GAP Photos

Wedding Buttonhole made with Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora – © GAP Photos

Plants featured are Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora

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Poplar Grove

Rectangular pond with stoneware pots by Gordon Cooke - © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

Rectangular pond with stoneware pots by Gordon Cooke – © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

The garden has an exhibition garden, scented garden, living roof and a sunken pebble mosaic ‘cave’.


The Garden at Poplar Grove is central to the ceramic work by Gordon Cooke. It has evolved over twenty three years. The garden is primarily a domestic space and has an exhibition garden, scented garden, living roof and a sunken pebble mosaic ‘cave’. The microclimates created by the buildings and suburban infrastructure provide ideal shelter for half hardy and tender planting, some of which is rare. Plants of note are Iochroma Australis, Paulownia Tomentosa, Melianthus Major, Azara, and Abutilons together with many other plants which are strong on form and texture.

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