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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outdoor Inspiratio­n -

Check out the gor­geous flow­er­ing sasan­qua camel­lias, start­ing to ap­pear in nurs­eries.

For a touch of ori­en­tal in­spi­ra­tion and an ideal gar­den bar­rier, grow a line of bam­boos – but stick to non-run­ning va­ri­eties only.

Soothe those hours spent in front of your com­puter with of­fice pot plants. Some, such as dra­cae­nas, bromeli­ads, peace lilies (Spathiphyl­lum) and mother-in-law’s tongue (San­se­vieria tri­fas­ci­ata), are even be­lieved to rid the air of harm­ful pol­lu­tants. Cut back her­ba­ceous peren­ni­als such as achil­leas, aqui­le­gias, asters, cam­pan­u­las, cen­tran­thus, del­phini­ums, li­a­tris, pen­ste­mons and salvias that have fin­ished flow­er­ing.

Re­ju­ve­nate gar­den beds and lawns with an all-over spray of liq­uid fer­tiliser.

Get on top of cit­rus leaf min­ers at­tack­ing your lemon tree. For a quick fix, try an eco-clm trap. Adult male cit­rus leaf miner will come to a sticky end, thus stop­ping the breed­ing cy­cle.

Plant a fruit tree dur­ing au­tumn, so it can slowly es­tab­lish while con­di­tions are mild.

Get gera­ni­ums back to their best with an over­all trim, elim­i­nat­ing any dead or dam­aged leaves, and a sprin­kling of fer­tiliser. Feed and trim back roses, to en­cour­age an au­tumn dis­play. NSW gar­den­ers can check out the an­nual Goul­burn Rose Fes­ti­val on March 10–11, visit goul­burn­rose­fes­ti­ for more info.

Fol­low tra­di­tion and sow sweet peas on St Pa­trick’s Day (Satur­day, March 17).

Pre­pare your­self to col­lect the au­tumn leaf fall.

Treat ponds and wa­ter fea­tures to an au­tumn clean-out while the weather is still warmish.

Start or­der­ing spring bulbs, for plant­ing dur­ing au­tumn. See our BHG Bulb Of­fer in this is­sue.


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