GAR­DEN AD­VICE

Homes+ (Australia) - - MY BACKYARD -

WEEK 1

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.

WEEK 2

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.

WEEK 3

Those stun­ning Waratahs are be­gin­ning to flower. Buy a bunch for in­doors or plant a few of the hardy hy­brids.

WEEK 4

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.

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