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You can make life much easier for blackbirds by mulching your flower beds with leaf-litter, keeping your lawn mown, planting fruiting shrubs and trees (especially dense, thorny ones) and planting climbers against walls #homesfornature


Half the lawn is gone in this elegant, contemporary garden by Sitio Design. I love the diagonal pavers leading through Berkeley sedge and variegated dianella groundcovers. Click through for more pics. | Digging


Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' - Towering sub-shrub with handsome dark green, toothed leaves and 30cm long, upward pointing flowering spikes of the most exceptional rich dark blue/black from late summer through autumn. The flowers are loved by bees. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun. This is a vigorous, towering plant and may need some support. Mulch well around the roots in late autumn. Eventual mature plant size : Height 2.5m Spread 90cm