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Better Homes and Gardens Australia November 2020

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FLOWER FEST! There's just something about walking through a paddock full of daffodils that's good for the soul. I was lucky enough to visit Drewitts Bulbs in the rich red soils of Victoria's Dandenong Ranges at the height of spring bulb season. It's a small, family run business that has been growing bulbs and perennials for more than 50 years. I love taking inspiration from a beautiful garden or a field of flowers and creating something that's achievable for the home gardener, so on page 32 I show you how to create three different potted looks using bulbs as the hero of each display, to show you there really is a bulb for every potted occasion. Happy gardening! Melissa King SEEN ON BHG TV FRIDAYS 7.00 18SEPT TO 9 OCT 2020 NOTE: Television content subject…

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And so, with the weather warming up, why not turn your attention to creating your very own patch of paradise, one that entices you outside to drink in the green as you reconnect with nature and take a moment to pause and relax. Having had a sneak peek at the ideas in this month’s issue, I’ve unashamedly borrowed a few for my own petite plot. It all started with my damaged pergola being repaired — finally! And, while I won’t bore you with that little saga, you know what it’s like. You start with one thing in mind and then begin to see the other possibilities… With any luck, though, I’ll be finished in time to host small gatherings for summer barbies, with our ever-so-moreish pork belly (page 72), spicy wings and sticky…

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your littlest space embraced

HIDDEN DELIGHT Re-imagine your front yard to create a new low-maintenance hangout spot with a lush view that offers privacy from passersby. Erect a sturdy timber fence, painting or staining it either a dark charcoal or brown. Save oodles on tiling or decking with a layer of crushed stone set over a weed mat. Fix a vertical plant wall system for a feature space teeming with cordylines, ferns and orange-and-yellow crotons. Alternate cascading plants with those that grow upward. URBAN RETREAT Design contemporary and delightful multi-layered areas of interest in a narrow plot with room to entertain, relax and stash essentials. Create interest with interlocking zones using distinctive materials and plants. Don’t underestimate the power of a strong feature wall, even in a confined space. Bold enough to stand alone as a focal point, it serves as a…

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a rose by any other name is peony

A cameo appearance may be brief but it is dramatic and has an impact that lingers forever. Such is the power of peonies. Their blooms are theatrical, generating awe and adoration. Catch them now with their fulsome shapes, sweet, spicy fragrances and soft elegance. For the next six to eight weeks, they’ll prove that brevity is the soul of the most beauty you can ever have in your late-spring garden. TYPES OF PEONIES HERBACEOUS This is the most common in Australian gardens. A perennial, it is slow-growing, but eventually forms a substantial bush about 90cm high and 50cm wide. The stems retreat in winter. Cut back those that linger and it will bounce back in spring. TREE PEONY More of a shrub than a tree because of its multiple stems, it grows to more than…

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a field in a pot!

There’s romance in imagining your life in a field of flowers, but if your spread is confined to a courtyard, balcony or porch, you can still create a mini meadow by transplanting into a big pot a dazzling array of spring bulbs and small flowering annuals. And don’t stop there – as your daffodils and tulips fade, keep the colour alive with summer and autumn flowering bulbs and complementary flowering plants. SEEN ON BHG TV FRIDAYS 7.00 CRAMMING FOR SUCCESS Fill your planters with flowering bulbs for instant effect then, as things get too crowded, take out a plant or two and pop them in another pot or your garden 1 HYACINTH HEAVEN Plant gladioli and lilium bulbs for summer, then tall double and single daffodils. Put in hyacinths next so their volume isn’t cramped.…

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take the step up

A pathway takes you somewhere, so create highlights on your journey to ‘there’ by extending your garden beyond its borders into the vacant lots between your flagstones or stepping stones. This makes your stones a natural part of the garden, especially if you choose stones that are indigenous to your area. Here’s how to make the walk through your garden even more enchanting! GREENING YOUR STONES When you’re putting plants along pathways, they need to be tough enough to spring back when occasionally stepped on. Try a few of these! BABY TEARS (SOLEIROLIA SOLEIROLII) Trails of tiny leaves form a dense mat from which tiny white flowers emerge in summer. It likes bright, filtered light and lots of water. PINK CREEPING THYME (THYMUS SP) Pretty and super scented, it’s smothered with tiny pink or purple flowers…