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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 goulburnrosefestival.org.au 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.