Plant Hub Blog

We Have A New Name

By Admin on 23-11-2015

Bluedale Plants Online Now Known as `The Plant Hub`

In November 2013 ‘Bluedale Wholesale Nursery’ established ‘Bluedale Plants Online’, an online nursery designed for home gardeners as an easy way for them to access many of the popular plants used by Landscape Designers. Many of the products offered through the website had previously only been available to landscape professionals. As the popularity of the online nursery grew, and customer requests for plants not currently being sold on the...

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Meadow Gardens

By Admin on 20-07-2015

These colourful, exquisite and seemingly ‘wild’ garden expanses, usually associated with Europe or America are adored by many gardeners – for good reason! Unfortunately, Meadow Gardens are rarely used in Australia. This is a shame because these naturalistic masterpieces can be reinvented in so many ways. Hopefully we can inspire you to create a little bit of ‘meadow wilderness’ in your patch of the world incorporating some of the plants grown by Bluedale and available online on our...

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Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum'

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’ or Purple Fountain Grass is a tall (1.5m tall x 1-1.5m wide), ornamental grass with origins in Africa. Its foliage, which remains a striking burgundy red to bronze colour for most of the year in mild climates, seems relevant for discussion in Autumn.

Rubrum also features large, attractive cream feathery flowers held above the foliage during Spring, Summer and Autumn. Notably, flowers are completely sterile so it will not become a weed like its invasive cousin...

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Viro-tubes or Pots, now that’s a question!

By Admin on 20-07-2015

The nursery industry sells plants in a huge variety of pot sizes. This is further confused by our habit of referring to pots using mm, inches or even Litres! To make matters even more interesting, a single plant may spend time in up to 4 pot sizes before it reaches you.

Let’s simplify this for you... at Buedale we sell our grasses and strappy leafed foliage plants in 2 sizes only – Viro-tubes and 140mm pots. In the past Bluedale has sold plants in Viro-cells (also called plugtrays), however...

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LITTLE JESS® Dianella caerulea 'DCMP01'

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Bluedale has sold Dianella cultivars since 2003 and has seen many come and go. Little Jess is one of 4 Dianella cultivars we now produce – a testimony to its proven performance in a variety of landscapes.

The secret to Little Jess’s success? Essentially the short spreading rhizome gives Little Jess the ability to fill in gaps for a total groundcover. Combine this with vibrant green strappy foliage, Spring to early Summer purple star flowers, purple berries and wide range of growing...

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TANIKA® Lomandra longifolia 'LM 300'

By Admin on 20-07-2015

‘Tanika’ is without a doubt, Bluedale’s best seller. We sell over 200,000 ‘Tanika’ annually. This is a reflection of the many positive attributes it brings to a wide variety of landscape situations. ‘Tanika’ retains its beautiful lush appearance in harsh environments such as urban landscapes. It follows that it looks magnificent when pampered in manicured residential gardens of the highest calibre.

From a design perspective it’s all about the foliage. ‘Tanika’ has slender, lime green...

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Pennisetums. Friends and Foes

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Pennisetums are warm season grasses that are native to many parts of the world, including Australia. Pennisetum range in form from grasses suitable for lawns ie kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum) to medium/large tussocks that have been used in gardening. The Australian species is Pennisetum alopecuroides, and it is a tussock form. Bluedale grow and supply 4 cultivars of alopecuroides as well as the common form. We also sell one species from Africa. Let’s call these species Friends.

Now for...

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10 Fun and Practical uses for Lomandra

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Lomandra longifolia is an extremely popular, attractive and hardy tufted, strappy leaf plant native to eastern Australia. It has arching green leaf blades emerging from a central crown. The common species can range in height from 1 metre to 1.8 metres in ideal conditions. Flowers are dioecious ie male and female flowers grow on different plants. This is relevant as the female flowers are spikey and male flowers are not, enabling non spikey varieties to be selected for areas such as...

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Guidelines for Successful Wetland Planting Part 3 - Reedbed Wastewater Systems.

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Introduction

Approximately 12% of Australian households are not connected to centralised sewerage systems and hence use on-site technologies for the management of their wastewater (Geary and Gardner, 1996 in [1]). In 2001 the failure rate for on-site sewage management systems (eg septic tanks) in the Lismore City Council area was found to be 44% [2]. In Europe, constructed wetlands (reed beds) are increasingly being adopted [1]. Given these figures and the many studies confirming the...

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Soil pH - why is it so important?

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Soil pH is tricky to describe in detail and dare I say it …… a little boring! (Apologies here to chemistry buffs.) Before your mind glazes over while I discuss soil pH levels, tests, and treatments ……………….. the single most important thing you need to come away from this article understanding is that soil pH has a dramatic effect on nutrient availability.

We’ll return to this again after a pH ‘crash course’.

What is pH

pH is the concentration of hydrogen ions in water. The pH scale ranges...

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Lawn Plugs Part 1 - Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Lawn Plugs are small 3.8cm x 5cm x 2cm individual ‘plugs’ used for establishment of groundcovers and lawn alternatives; or for lawn repair. They are grown in plastic trays as 21 or 49 packs, much like the way flowers or vegetables are sold. The use of Lawn Plugs as groundcovers and lawn alternatives is discussed in this article. Lawn Plugs for lawn repair is discussed in Lawn Plugs Part 2 – Lawn Repair.

The concept of Lawn Plugs is simple. It involves dense planting (5 – 10 per square...

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Landscape Stairs - let your imagination run wild however get the dimensions right!

By Admin on 20-07-2015

Stairs can be an integral feature in many landscapes. In the right hands, they become a palette where creativity runs wild and plants soften rigid construction materials. For some inspiration, check out landscape stair photos on Bluedale’s Pinterest Board http://uk.pinterest.com/bluedaleplants/stairs/.

Materials and gardening theme may vary, however the dimensions of stairs are universal. Poorly designed stairs are uncomfortable and dangerous to use – regardless of how amazing they...

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Maintenance of warm season grasses, cool season grasses and strappy leafed plants

By Admin on 15-09-2014

While the maintenance requirements of native grasses and strappy leafed plants are minimal, they are like all landscape plants and some management is necessary to keep them looking at their best. Trimming is the primary maintenance requirement of these plants, however, fertilising, mulching and some watering are others.

Plant profiles available on the Bluedale websites http://www.bluedaleplantsonline.com.au/ andhttp://www.bluedale.com.au/ detail the maintenance requirements of each plant in...

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Australian Ornamental Grasses for Children’s Play Spaces

By Admin on 03-09-2014

Children’s playgrounds have come a long way since the lonely metal slides, swings and mown grass that many of us grew up with. Many modern playgrounds include areas that encourage various types of play. This may include: active; free; quiet; social; imaginative; creative; exploratory and natural play spaces.

Increasingly, children’s playgrounds include natural play spaces, offering a blend of natural areas, environmental features and plants. With good design, a variety of play activity can...

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Grasses and Succulents - who knew they could look so good?

By Admin on 08-07-2014

Ornamental grasses and succulents planted together. Sounds a little crazy I know, however it works exceptionally well.

It’s a planting scheme regularly adopted by famous designers from all over the globe such as Oehme van Sweden, Franchesca Watson, Andrea Cochrane and Bernard Trainer just to name a few.

As garden companions, grasses and succulents have similar needs. Both have low water requirements and do well in full sun; both generally appreciate a well drained soil; and both usually...

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Native Grasses can be formal too!

By Admin on 18-06-2014

Minimalism. It’s here to stay. Design of our homes and interiors are more simplistic than they have ever been. It follows that formal garden design is enjoying unprecedented popularity, invigorated with outdoor living areas and water sculpture. Yes there is still a place in all our hearts for the flamboyant cottage garden that our grandparents had. Part of my garden is still like this. However the success of the formal eye catching garden design coupled with modern architecture speaks for...

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Twizzler

By Admin on 18-06-2014

It’s all about the unique sculptural foliage of this landscape sedge. Twizzler’s cylindrical stems are twisted, glaucous and like nothing you have encountered before. Twizzler caused much excitement here at Bluedale when it emerged among the tens of thousands of sedges we grow here. At the time we knew this Lepironia articulata cultivar was something special.

After extensive trialling at Bluedale’s nursery and Ozbreed’s demonstration gardens, Twizzler Lepironia articluata ‘LA20’ is now a...

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Winter is coming

By Admin on 16-06-2014

Some simple gardening activities can help your much loved garden plants not only survive the Winter months, but be well prepared for Spring. These tips apply to the south-eastern portion of Australia in particular.

Before we get to the practical stuff, here are some facts to assist your Winter gardening decision making:

  • * Water has insulating properties. This is particularly relevant for soil moisture and water in plant cells
  • * Mulch is also insulating

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