The Acorn Gift Guide

And just like that, the end of the year is upon us. We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite things as a little gift guide but this list is certainly not definitive. Our team are here to help you find the perfect gift. With a nursery, cafe and a well-stocked gift shop, there’s something for everyone.

We couldn’t do what we do without you, our lovely customers, so from all of us at the Acorn Nursery and the Oaks Cafe, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


We have a huge range of handmade and vintage Indian textiles, including kantha quilts made from upcycled saris and dohars, which are perfect for hot summer nights. As a gift, they are one of a kind and endlessly versatile.






What’s just as beautiful but so much better than cut flowers? An orchid! These gorgeous blooms last for months with minimal care. When they finish flowering, simply cut back the stems and they should regrow.




Give someone special a tiny world with one of our charming terrariums. They’re perfect as a desk decoration or a table centrepiece.





As a gift or even to add a bit of Christmas cheer to your own home, you can’t go wrong with a Poinsettia or two. We have them available in festive red or understated cream.




Tony’s Tips

December 2019


Welcome to summer, the season of sunshine, warmth, colour and productivity. With a little backup feeding and watering, many plants are at their best through summer with more flowers, fruit and foliage than any other time of the year. After a fairly cool spring, we are finally seeing heat-loving plants like Gardenias, Bougainvillea, tomatoes, basil and chillies all growing nicely.

Climbing or bush varieties of Mandevilla offer great summer and autumn colour in pink, white or red. They are great in pots in sun or part shade. There is lots of other summer colour available including improved Impatiens, Vinca, Petunias, Salvias, Fuchsias, and Calibrachoas. Good Hydrangeas are in short supply so get in early.



Things to do

  • Maximise water penetration by applying SaturAid and maximise water retention with a covering of a good mulch such as sugarcane, pea or lucerne straw, Mulch and Feed or fine pine bark. This is my number 1 tip for summer gardens!
  • Plant advanced seedlings early this month. With some liquid fertiliser and a bit of sunshine, you can still have a gorgeous display for Christmas.
  • With the cool, damp spring we have had a lot of fungal disease on tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. With some suitable fungicide and a high-potassium complete fertiliser, they can recover and still be fruitful.
  • Watch out for lawn beetle grub in your lawn. They feed on Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu roots. Telltale signs are dead patches in your lawn or crows and magpies digging in your lawn for grubs. We have several solutions available.
  • Azalea Lace Bug is active at the moment. You can treat this with a suitable systemic insecticide.
  • If your Gardenias are still a bit yellow, keep feeding them with Harry’s Gardenia Food and water frequently. The cool Spring has held them back!

Plant of the Month


Hibiscus are finally coming through this month. They add lots of bright, colourful flowers for Summer and Autumn. Hibiscus love well-drained fertile soils and like a North, East or West-facing fence or wall behind them to protect them from the wind. They’re tropical plants so they need at least five hours of summer sun a day. There are now dwarf varieties that grow excellently in large tubs on patios, decks and verandahs. We also have a new release called Hibiscus Summer, which has even bigger flowers and bolder colours. Good drainage, some sun and moist, fertile soil are all that’s needed.