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Greetings, I’m Nick, a devoted gardener based in Melbourne. As a husband and father of three in my 40s, my professional journey spans over 15 years in the I.T. industry. However, my lifelong passion for gardening has been a constant thread since childhood.

Growing up in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, our backyard was an oasis of diverse fruit and nut trees, including lemon, lime, almond, triple-grafted apple, chestnut, apricot, plum and avocado. Interestingly, my mother successfully cultivated an avocado tree from seed, a feat that drew skepticism from passersby who believed avocados couldn’t thrive in Melbourne. This was around 25-30 years ago when avocado trees were less common in the region. I fondly recall a visit by Kevin Heinze to our primary school, featuring an excursion to the Victorian State Schools’ Nursery (now defunct), once situated near Hughesdale Station.

Despite a busy life in I.T. and as a family man, I maintained a connection with the garden, opting for low-maintenance plants like geraniums, echiums, agaves, and various succulents. Seasonal plantings of peas, beans, sunflowers, tomatoes, and other vegetables were annual rituals, a testament to my enduring love for gardening.

The pandemic-induced period of staying at home prompted me to reflect on our use of space. I questioned why we weren’t maximising our backyard for growing more fruits and vegetables. Recognising the ample yard space we were fortunate to have, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Exploring local gardening channels on YouTube, I encountered fellow enthusiasts from the south-eastern Melbourne area. Their skillful use of available space, interweaving fruits, nuts, vegetables, and beneficial plants, inspired me to redirect my time and energy towards fostering a vibrant garden and embracing a healthier lifestyle. Moving forward, my goal is to share my gardening knowledge and advice, particularly tailored to the unique conditions of Melbourne, and offer insights into plants that thrive well in this region.

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Over the past year, I’ve been steadily expanding my collection of edible garden varieties. I began potting up surplus and volunteer seedlings, encompassing a diverse array of plants and flowers sourced from various corners of my garden. Increasing the propagation efforts, I took more cuttings to cultivate new plants. When a friend inquired about my surplus plants, I casually mentioned that someday it might be worthwhile to sell and share them with the public. That simple suggestion became the catalyst for the inception of Plants & Garden Melbourne, motivating me to make the plants and seeds readily available for others.

Presently, we exclusively offer nationwide shipping for seeds (excluding WA and TAS due to imposed restrictions). However, we are actively working towards providing shipping options for cuttings and plants in the near future. Feel free to inquire about the plants, cuttings, and seeds in our inventory, and we can arrange local pickup in Carrum Downs. For local Melbourne residents, delivery is available for orders exceeding $100.

I am enthusiastic about expanding our current selection and witnessing the ongoing growth of Plants & Garden. Here’s to happy gardening!

Some of the plants we are growing

Almond
Banana (William Cavendish)
Black Sapote (seedling)
Choko / Chayote
Coffee (Arabica)
Cape Gooseberry
Banana Passionfruit
Babaco
Bitter Melon
Custard Apple (Paxton Prolific)
Fig (White Genoa, Black Genoa, Brown Turkey)
Green Sapote
Hops

Ice Cream Bean
Jaboticaba (Large Leaf)
Jerusalem Artichoke
Longan
Loquat (Nagasakiwase)
Lychee (Chom Pogo)
Mango (Bowen, Honey Gold, Keitt)
Mulberry (White Shahtoot, Black)
North American Paw Paw
Oca
Olive (Kalamata)
Pomegranate
Passionfruit & Banana Passionfruit

Pear (Beurre Bosc)
Peach (Trixzie ‘Pixzee’ Miniature)
Pepino
Pineapple
Pumpkin (Red Kuri)
Purple Sugar Cane
Rhubarb
Sapodilla
Squash (Yellow Bush Scallop)
Tamarillo
Taro
Tromboncino
Wampee
Yacon / Peruvian Ground Apple

Citrus

Cumquat (Meiwa, Nagami)
Finger Lime (Crystal)
Grapefruit (Ruby Red)
Kaffir Lime
Lemon (Eureka, Meyer)
Mandarin (Thorny)
Pink Fruited Lime Berry
Tahitian Lime

Berries

Blueberry (Sunshine Blue)
Currant (Red, White)
Goji Berry
Kiwiberry
Miracle Berry
Raspberry (Heritage, Golden)
Strawberry (White Soul Alpine, Pineberry)
Youngberry

Guava

Chilean
Hawaiian
Indian
Lemon
Malaysian Red
Mexican Cream
Pineapple (Feijoa)
Strawberry
White Alahbad

White Sapote

Blumenthal
Chris
Denzler
Golden Globe
Hawaiian Supreme
Kampong
Lemon Gold
Macs Golden
Ortega
Pike
Smathers
Vernon

Avocado

Bacon
Choquette
Fuerte
Hass
Mexicola
Post Office
Reed

Chilli

Habanero
Jalapeno
Rocoto
Thai Bird’s Eye
Yaki Blue

Flowers

Bomarea Edulis
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
Clivia
Crinum Powellii
Dichondra Silver Falls
Devil’s Ivy Variagated
Echium Candicans
Echium Simplex
Geranium
Hoya (Indian Rope)
Ivy Geranium
Mauve Plectranthus
Monstera Deliciosa
Mullein / Verbascum
Ornamental Ginger
Pelargonium Lemon Scented
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
Salvia (Anthony Parker, Hot Lips, Meigan’s Magic, Mexican Sage, Mystic Spires, Waverly)
Zygocactus

Herbs

Basil
Borage
Chives
Comfrey
Mint
Mullein
Parsley
Rosemary
Vietnamese Mint

Before and Now comparison...

We’ve come a long way but the garden is constantly changing and evolving.