Expert gardening tips from Inside Dame Elisabeth’s Garden

After getting an intimate look into Dame Elisabeth’s magnificent garden, the Dame and her team share how to get the best out of your garden.

From tending to rose bushes to injecting colour into your garden beds, here are some top tips for any keen or budding green thumb.


Dame Elisabeth had one main tip for cultivating roses: you can take a chainsaw to a rose – you can’t hurt it.

Apart from this, the secret behind the Dame’s beautiful blooms lies in good ground preparation. Give them a good feed of cow manure after pruning and then, keep them rejuvenated by pruning as you dead head.

Also, don’t underestimate companion planting. The Dame planted a lot of herbs near her roses to bring a better balance of bugs through the garden.

When it comes time to pick a rose you cut it, on a slant, down to the next bud and in 6 to 7 weeks, you’ll have another rose blooming.


The key to a healthy lawn is all in the maintenance.

Keeping your lawn cut regularly keeps it stronger and don’t forget to give it some extra water during the summer months.

During winter, use some dry chicken manure to give the roots something to hang on to and make sure it’s top-dressed with sand, especially in high traffic areas.


Adding colour to your garden is where you can really show off your personality. Dame Elisabeth used an array of shades to create a structured feeling.

Colour will help to give some flow to your garden and you’ll often find that unexpected colours go well together – just find accents that complement each other.

Flower arranging

Dame Elisabeth cared just as much about arranging flowers as tending to them in the garden.

For the Dame, arranging flowers was all about utilising light and air to create a stunning result.

Watch Inside Dame Elisabeth's Garden your way on Foxtel Go.

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