Michelias, closely related to magnolias, are in flower now. There are many types of these fragrant evergreens, which are great as hedging and screening plants.
Colour up a balcony or deck with bright window boxes and tubs of annuals. Try cascading petunias and lobelias mixed with coleus and border plants.
Those stunning Waratahs are beginning to flower. Buy a bunch for indoors or plant a few of the hardy hybrids.
Lavender looks great now, attracts bees and has a calming effect on people. After flowering, cut back hard to remove old blooms and encourage a new flush of growth and flowers.