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Home Living : July 26th 2011
2 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 HOMELIVING Don't leave your plants out on limb JANITA SINGH Camellias are perfect for shady positions. Late July and early August can be stressful months for the plants in your garden. First there are those ferocious winds that affect new shoots as soon as they appear. In colder areas, persistent frosts cut back tentative new growth. Late winter rains often saturate soil which can cause roots to die. But you can take steps to help. In cold areas, resist the temptation to trim off frost- blackened stems as they provide protection for undamaged leaves below. If plants have died recently, try to work out what's gone wrong. Has it been too cold? Have they suffered from wet feet? Remember to follow sensible practices such as building raised beds where drainage is poor. Plant out marginally cold- sensitive specimens in spring so they establish themselves as much as possible before the next winter. For seaside gardens: Shrubs such as coast banksia and coprosma have evolved in coastal conditions where they've learned to handle stresses such as salt and wind. For shady gardens: Foliage plants such as ferns are usually the best choice. Clivias bloom well in light shade, as do camellias, impatiens and many plectranthus species. Watch out for water-absorbing tree roots that make some shaded areas too dry for some plants to thrive. For wet/boggy soil: It's surprising how many trees and shrubs have evolved in streamside positions and will cope with wet roots. Paperbarks are a good example, as are many bottlebrushes. There's a shrubby swamp banksia, Banksia robur, that loves damp soil. Details: www.yates.com.au. Phone: (02) 9986 3802 Mobile: 0414 223 814 Website: www.gazebodirect.com.au 2115900 28/6 DISPLAY ADDRESS: 18 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills NSW Gazebos with a difference • Electrical & Communications Contractors • Lamps and Shades • Fittings Repaired and Re -wired • Small Appliance Repairs • Spare Parts and Light Globes 02 9969 7899 35 Cabramatta Road Mosman NSW 2088 www.harroldselectrical.com ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road, Prospect. (Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. While stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. FREE quotes ALL suburbs X34431 WINTER PRICES MELT! • VERTICALS • ROMANS • VENETIANS • ROLLERS • TIMBERS • PLEATEDS • PANELS • SHEER ELEGANCE Ph:9999 6060 Showroom: Unit 8, 101 Darley St, Mona Vale Open 6 days for your convenience ABSOL Awning Blind & Shutter Solutions www.absol.com.au Awnings Blinds Shutters Shade & Energy Up to 30% off Winter SALE! Discounts vary across our full range 3 FREE in home advice & quote 3 Extensive range 3 Energy solutions 3 Friendly service 3 Affordable prices 3 Expert consultants 3 Qualified tradesman 3 Local family owned business &ACTORY DIRECT TO YOU m!S SEEN IN (OME "EAUTIFULn COMPARE OUR PRICES! PLANTATION SHUTTERS GLOBAL SHUTTERS & BLINDS PTY LTD TEL: 1300 128 230 www.gloshutters.com "!337//$ M 2154731 19/7 *plus installation charge, price quoted for a minimum order of 2m2 FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1
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