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Better Homes and Gardens Australia April 2020

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
watch us on tv

THE NEW LOOK BHG TV Our 26th year on-air is underway, you would have noticed we’ve made a few changes to our team. It’s not the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last. To keep the show relevant, we constantly refresh the format. In 2020, we have welcomed four new team members. They are all incredibly accomplished and passionate. Landscape designer Charlie Albone and horticulturist Melissa King join Graham Ross in our gardening department. You’ll get to know Sam Wood who will help you embrace the world of health and fitness, at the same time as demystifying some of the mixed messages we’re often bombarded with. And James Tobin will be exploring all things motoring and tech. Yep – you won’t be able to wipe the smile off his face. Their…

2 min

There’s a feeling of excitement that goes hand in hand with a change of season, perhaps because it’s a time for new beginnings. Many of us, including myself, redecorate to cosy up our homes and not always in a big way – flowers, throws, cushions or a new lamp… Others whip up the season’s best culinary delights and yet others head outside to take in the sight of leaves, turning from summer green to autumnal gold. And so it is that autumn’s golden tones inspired us to sprinkle gold throughout the issue. There’s ideas for how you can include accents of this precious metal (and its colour equivalents such as honey, mustard, ochre and yellow) in your interiors, table settings and crafts, not to mention making it a part of your beauty routine…

5 min
be bold and brassy

THE GOLD STANDARD IN GARDENING It’s the best time of the year – not too hot, not too cold, the earth is warm and your garden is ready for a fresh flush of golden growth. But you don’t have to look up into the trees to see the vibrant autumn colours of gold, orange and red, or clean up the leaves as they fall to the ground. Instead, get these power flowers right in your face and bask in their glow. CHRYSANTHEMUM You could have your whole garden planted just with chrysanthemums and every one would be different. The flower forms can be daisy-like, pompom, button, spidery – as well as some amazing decorative varieties – and their colours range from bright yellow, red, white and purple to subtle green, peach or pink.…

8 min
spring fever

SPECIAL BULB OFFER SEE PAGE 170 FOR MORE DETAILS Gardening is all about the promise, a belief in all your tomorrows. That’s why now – as you prepare to shut down for the winter months ahead – you’ll be planning and plotting your spring garden. Those fat, ugly little bulbs are as pushy as you can get, packed full of energy and strength so that, as late winter snows and frosts linger, they’ll realise their glorious potential as they poke up their leaves then explode with masses of extraordinary colourful blooms. That’s a promise! IN YOUR GARDEN CLIMATE Spring-flowering bulbs thrive when planted in autumn where the climate is cold. If you live in the warmer parts of the country, you can still have a wondrous spring display by planting later, say in May,…

3 min
rhodo renaissance

SEEN ON BHG TV FRIDAYS 7.00 you can have pops of colour in your garden or you can have explosions. So why hold back? Find a shady spot, plant a rhododendron – or six – and it’s fireworks in spring. The psychedelic glow of the big, bold bunches of simple flowers – whether on the tall, traditional bush, its cute little cousin the azalea or the tropical vireya – are both exciting and energising. Also known as rose trees, they come in colours to suit any mood: thousands of different pinks, whites and purples, or glaring shades of red, while vireyas produce blasts of the most luminescent yellows, reds and oranges. The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in northwest Tasmania has a world-class collection of more than 22,000 rhodos, with sections dedicated to the…

2 min
trending in your garden

There have always been gradual shifts in the way you plan, plant and care for your garden, but among the professionals – landscape designers, horticulturists and nurseries – who help shape your thinking, the shift has been seismic over the past year. Extreme weather events are playing havoc with gardens as flowers bloom out of season, foliage fails to perform and water restrictions dampen your wildest dreams. The shift to more sustainable gardening will be reflected in this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. It’s the show’s 25th anniversary and past winners of the Award of Excellence for Best in Show have been invited back to give their visions of the future for your garden. One of these is Mark Browning, who gives you a glimpse of the new…