Dennis Hearne

Dennis Hearne is a horticulturalist and nurseryman and owns Phoenix Plants in Darwin, NT, Australia. He is the author of the books 'Trees for Darwin and Northern Australia' and 'The Australian Tropical Gardening Guide' and has appeared on many radio and television programmes to give advice on tropical gardening.

Pittosporum Moluccanum – An Underrated Species for the Home Garden

Pittosporum moluccanum is an attractive small tree native to Indonesia and northern Australia, that Darwin nurseryman, Dennis Hearne, recommends should be considered more for home garden use...

Rosella: A Wonderful ‘Bush Tucker’ Plant

This article was written for Australian readers but will be of interest to gardeners in other parts of the tropical world...

All You Need to Know About Plant Foods

Most tropical soils are naturally infertile, so if you want to grow strong, healthy plants, you must add suitable plant foods. ln tropical climates chemical fertilisers don't...

How to Fix Problem Soils in the Tropics

You can't grow a good garden unless you understand your soil. In the tropics, you don't necessarily have to have good soil, but you must know what...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions...

Plant Propagation: Secrets of a Green Thumb

The propagation of new plants is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of gardening. Successful propagators are often referred to as having a "green thumb"...