Central Coast Plant Lovers Fair Kariong, this Sat & Sun !!

CCPLF ’15 Growers

Click on the above link for good garden plants for your client designs, to expand your Growers List and diversify your own home garden towards the more interesting and resilient.

The Fair at Kariong Mountains High School, Kariong, Central Coast NSW, is open both days of THIS weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th 9am till 4pm and forecasts are both pleasantly overcast so bring plenty of boxes !

CCPLF '14 Fair action
CCPLF ’14 Fair action

All stall holders are worth considering and the following are particular faves of mine for garden making plants par excellence –

Stephen Bridge at Addictive Plants, Andrew Harvie, Keith Tollis and Colin Hunt at Andy’s Rare Plants, Ross & Chris Bolwell at Bloom’n Greenery, David Fripp at Screen Trees Australia,  Klaus Eckardt at Green e Roses, Royal Botanic Gardens Growing Friends, Donnovan & Jessica Linney at Plant Life, Robyn Bible Geraniums & Pelagoniums, Wes and Lorraine Vidler at Weslor Nursery, Peter Teese at Yamina Rare Plants, Michael Dent at Aloe Aloe, Elaine Slade at Kawana Nursery and Bob & Gleness and Jamie Lanarch at Bromeliads Australia .. !!

Ipheion sellowianum
Ipheion sellowianum

You can always expect a stand out selection of very kool plants also, at Ruth & Peter Donnally’s Coachwood stall. Among so many faves across their tables just bulging with horticultural treasure, you can expect a good supply Ipheon sellowianum the golden Star Flower. Excellent ground covering companion to autumn white flowering Zephyranthes candida the Autumn Crocus.

Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi dwarf
Kalanchoe fedtchenkoi dwarf

Sometimes best contrasts to ornamental grasses with good humidity tollerance like ultra fine sage green Poa ‘Eskdale’, are found in the rubbery pink and eau de Nil green scallops of Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi dwarf forms as a nice little texture rug.

Senecio amaniensis
Senecio amaniensis

Or you might have a decent sheet of glossy but over homogenous glossy green Billbergia pyramidalis that pokes out into the sun, for a nice contrasting splodge of cochineal Senecio amaniensis. Crassula 'Springtime' Crassula ‘Springtime’

Or what could be nicer as a break from Mini Mondo Grass, to use the rich coffee shades of Crassula ‘Springtime’ between that brick or salt textured concrete paver slabs … heaven 🙂    


Rooftop ideas BH&G’s tonight !

DGN readers, there’s one Paradisus design I can show you especially, that just seems to give more every year.

Ian & Noelene Dawes Cremorne rooftop is an exception…. and do you know, you can see Better Homes & Gardens presenter Jason Hodges show how easy this unirrigated space, made from exciting DGN succulent and water storing plants, is roaring away this winter. Hope you can tune in for planting ideas in your own designs.

Better Homes & Gardens, 7pm Channel 7, today Fri 24th July  

Winter fire 

Cremorne rooftop                                                                                                                                                    

New To Growing Friends for You

Designer Planting that are good garden “doers” … for your designs or to expand your Grower Offering-
THIS Wednesday 11th March 2.30pm-4.30pm at

RBG Sydney Growing Friends Nursery (next to Maiden Theatre & Herbarium on Mrs Macquaries Road).


Production Grower Grower Greg Lamont and I can answer questions you may have on new plants I’ve helped select, that focus on benefits for use as well as their ornamental virtues as shown on the link above.

Near non-transparent from ground level, excellent fence concealer
Hibiscus insularis, near non-transparent from ground level, excellent fence concealer

Did you know you can now place orders to be grown for you at Growing Friends, to give your design work or grower plant range extra appeal from RGB Sydney ..!

Talk to Growing Friends Co-ordinator Raoul deFeranti on site or call 0419 244 675

Growing Friends Sale Expanded


Beautiful flowering small tree, Hibiscus boryanus
Beautiful flowering small tree, Hibiscus boryanus

Wednesday, 11th March 2.30pm till 4pm ONLY

Exceptionally Good Garden Plants …. SALE !



ATTENTION INDUSTRY – I’m helping Growing Friends at Sydney RBG expand their offering of good garden plants for warm temperate coastal frost free locations, like Sydney coastal Metro where you might have current designs … Did you know its now possible to have these interesting plants grown for you, by simply making an upfront payment and agreed pick up time … ? With a minimum repeat of five, combining to minimum total order of 20 plants, you can now raise the bar even further on your own designs by adding the extra beauty of Sydney Botanic Gardens species, especially grown for you… !

RBG Growing Friends Nursery, Mrs Macquaries Road adjacent to Maiden Theatre