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Witch hazel enchanting

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Nobody likes a show-off, but I could make an exception for witch hazels (Hamamelis). Each winter, deliciously scented blooms emerge on zig-zag stems even in the harshest weather.

Hot in the city

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Eye-popping fluoro is back.

For better berries

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Berries may be tiny, but they're nutritional powerhouses and delicious to boot.

Do the hokey-pokey

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Winter sugars up with gold and citrus, writes Wendy Shailer-Knight.

Spinach that just keeps on giving

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A member of the beet family, perpetual spinach is actually related to silverbeet and also goes by the name "leaf beet".

Promise of things to come

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There is nothing like a tunnel-house or a glasshouse to lift your spirits in winter, writes Steve Wratten .

Versatile sweeties flower in abundance

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It may be June, but it's not too late to plant your sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). In fact, if you're planting summer-flowering varieties, it might actually be better.

Brighten up your winter

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There's no argument winter gardens don't have the same degree of colour as spring ones.

Lasting garden flavours

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Many perennial herbs and some annuals are winter hardy and can be harvested for salads or flavoursome dishes.

Brighten your rooms with bulbs

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Winter is here and flowers are harder to find in the garden.

Reap what you sow

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Winter is the time for garden tasks that will bring rewards in spring.

Apple options aplenty

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You don't need the quintessential quarter acre paradise to grow fruit trees.

Pretty tasty

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Did you know that as well as being pretty, many flowers are pretty tasty too?

Vibrant violas

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With the nights starting to get longer and the temperatures dropping, it feels like autumn has finally arrived.

Herbal help for pets

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Pampering pets is big business.

Sensational silverbeet

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A plant we all know and (mostly) love.

Early sowing pays off for broccoli, broad beans

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April is time to plant winter veges.

Plentiful pumpkin

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The cold helps sweeten and cure pumpkins so let the frost bite, writes Rachel Vogan

Natural garden warfare

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Rid pests from your vege patch with sprays made from chillies, garlic, herbs and other natural ingredients.

Pour some sugar on me

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When I give a talk on herbs to local garden clubs, Stevia rebaudiana, aka the sugar herb, is always the herb that gets the most interest.

Beating the heat

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It's a taxing time for turf. With no rain in many parts of the country, lawns are turning 50 shades of brown.

Herb superb

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There is no reason why you can't have fresh herbs growing all year round.

Big cauliflowers, big effort

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Cauliflowers are fickle plants. Of all the brassicas, they're the trickiest to grow.

Go corny for cornflowers

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There are many reasons to be a fan of cornflowers, writes Tod Palenski of Awapuni Nurseries.

Summer heat can be a pox on your garden

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Summer sunshine may be bliss for the average person but a bout of warm, wet weather spells trouble for vege gardens.

Red Flame climbs to top

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"They are judged over two years . . ." Hayden Foulds New Zealand Rose Society.

Tasty leeks also help to keep you healthy

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It's probably a stretch to say leeks are lifesavers.

Putting on the trusty heat shield

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Going away for a spell? Just what will you do to ensure your garden also survives the break, asks Tod Palenski?

Horticultural heaven

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Rosemarie Smith took a whirlwind world garden tour without leaving the country.

Work in progress

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What to do with a narrow lawn and scrubby slope? Carve a garden worth showing to the public.

Add colour with asters

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If your garden is still looking a little post-winter dreary then you need to plant asters.

Grisly but lots of fun

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Here's the perfect Christmas gift for inquisitive young minds: A venus flytrap.

Garden diary

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■ The Herb Farm, open seven days from 10am till 4.30pm.

New pineapple has a coconut twist

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Soon there will be no need to mix your own pina colada - Queensland researchers are getting nature to do it for you.

Hanging in there

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Oregano is super easy to plant. Got a corner in your vege garden that looks a bit empty?

Pick your colours

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Every now and then there's a certain plant that breeders take a fancy to.

Q & A

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Garden Guru Jane Wrigglesworth answers some of your garden queries.

Opening early

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A mass of colour and wonderful perfume greets people going to check out roses in Patricia and Ted Barr's garden.

Garden Diary

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NZ National Spring Rose Show and Convention, presented by the Horowhenua District Rose Society.

Iris has day in the sun

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A spectacular bed full of colour is what iris gardeners have planned for at this time of the year.

Putting on colour for growth

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Have you ever noticed how different you feel in some rooms compared to others?

Beautiful, bold and hardy too

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When it comes to year-round colour and ornamental value, vrieseas deserve centre stage in the home garden.

Mighty rhodo named for Sir Ed

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Heritage Park Rhododendron Garden and Cross Hills Nursery are joining forces to host the national launch of a ‘Sir Edmund Hillary' rhododendron.

Cultivate Chinese cabbage

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Pak choy, bok choy or pak choi. There are plenty of different names used for Chinese cabbage.

Purple, plump shiny and slim

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Traditional warm weather favourites such as eggplants can be sown now for a late summer or autumn harvest.

A to Z of spring planting

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Now is the time to dig and plant to get your vegetables, herbs and fruit off to a good start.

Peas please

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The weather and soil has warmed up slightly, which makes it good planting for several crops.

Berry bounty

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Of all the juicy berry bombs that summer produces, raspberries are touted by many as the irrefutable kings.

Garden still calls in winter

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It might be chilly, but there's still plenty to do in the garden.

William is ever so Sweet

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Looking to add a bit of sweet serenity to your garden? How about the trusty Sweet William?