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

Warm up cooler days with pots of spirit-lift­ing pan­sies, pop­pies, prim­u­las and vi­o­las. You can find them at a good price at the en­trances to gar­den cen­tres to lure in cus­tomers.

Prune roses and sum­mer­flow­er­ing de­cid­u­ous shrubs. Plant new bare-rooted roses into well-com­posted soil that drains well, but not in the same spot roses have been planted in re­cent years. Elim­i­nate the ugly look

of old sheds and fences by plant­ing a showy creeper. A good one for Aussie plant lovers is Har­den­ber­gia vi­o­lacea, also called pur­ple co­ral pea. Fer­tilise cit­rus trees to help them through the cooler months.

Start plant­ing drifts of sum­mer-flow­er­ing bulbs such as dahlias, glad­i­oli,

bearded iris and lil­i­ums. A lit­tle work now will bring huge re­wards later.

Lift and di­vide achil­lea, co­re­op­sis, helle­bores, heuchera, pen­ste­mons and chrysan­the­mums to in­crease your stocks of new plants and al­low old ones to grow more healthily.

Treat hy­drangeas to a dose of blu­ing agent (from nurs­eries) to turn them from pink to heav­enly blue.

Aer­ate lawns by plung­ing a gar­den fork in and out. For clay soil, sprin­kle lawn with a good help­ing of gyp­sum be­fore win­ter rains are ex­pected.

Prune fruit trees and spray with hor­ti­cul­tural oil to pre­vent scale. If peach leaf curl has been a prob­lem in the past, spray with a prod­uct con­tain­ing copper oxy­chlo­ride. Start checking for signs

of cit­rus gall wasps on lemon trees. They present as knob­bly growths on trunks and branches – cut off with a sharp knife. Move smaller de­cid­u­ous trees while in their win­ter dor­mancy pe­riod.

Dahlias

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