It’s time to plan your spring bulb display, get a vegie garden going, lay a fresh lawn, repair an old one, and sort out your fertilising regime. Welcome to the official start of autumn.

Warm-climate bulbs
Yearning for bulbs but live in a hot climate? You can still have them, but choose ones that relish the heat: show-stopping hippeastrums, or pretty zephyranthes, or try a hymenocallis with a difference from the Andes, grown for its large blooms and heady fragrance after rain. Tropical specialist Arno King shares expert tips for coordinating the colour palette, creating a drift in lawn, working into a mixed planting, or potting up a diva display.

Lawn you can love
In the market for a new lawn? This complete guide helps you choose a variety to suit your site, even if you’re dealing with shade, salt splash, cold or wet conditions. Deryn Thorpe supplies expert tips for getting the lawn going, and Phil Dudman shows how to repair a damaged area in an established lawn.

Species tulips
The big, bold tulips so popular today have been bred from species tulips, the ones found in the wild. One great thing about the originals is they will multiply over the years, no lifting required! They also need little pampering. Michael McCoy writes lovingly about their special qualities, and ways for cool-climate gardeners to work them into their display.

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