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Community 12 SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 NTNE01Z01DS - V1 As Tracy Jones has found, pots help to make a small garden manageable feel the urge to squeeze in another plant. Use vertical gardening techniques by maximising space on fences, poles, palm and tree trunks or anything vertical where you can attach potted plants or epiphytic orchids, bromeliads or creepers. Increase plant space by creating three to five layers of wooden planks against the back or side fence to display your special pots and containers. Decorate tree trunks and branches with hanging, shadeloving type plants, such as ferns or various breeds of orchids and miniature Bromeliads. The latter will multiply over time and hang Huge ideas for small gardens HAVING a small garden may have its restrictions, but this is usually in terms of scale and quantity, rather than a restriction of ideas. You may even have a large backyard with only a small space to create a special garden area. Here are some ideas to make the most of small gardens and spaces. Pots are the magical solution in a small garden as they can be relocated anytime, anywhere, especially when in full flower/perfume, to be appreciated closer to entertainment areas. Less is more; if you are designing a theme garden, select only a few plants for greater impact. Ensure scale and balance is aligned with the size of your garden when choosing ornaments and garden features. Concentrate on the detailed elements in your garden as they will be more noticeable compared to large gardens. Allow sufficient room for individual root growth without overcrowding. Add potted varieties to your garden if you from the basket, creating a cascading effect. Accentuate pathways to give an illusion it is longer than its actual length. Design pathways that disappear out of sight, creating a sense of depth to the garden and an invitation to explore further. Continuous/massed plantings of a select few plants around the perimeter of your garden will create a sense of space and enhance its overall size. Plant for optimal sunlight and healthy plants by arranging in a tiered fashion. Adopt a strategic plan to ensure shade plants receive morning sun and tougher plants receive afternoon sun. The big plus for small gardens is the minimal maintenance, hence more time to create an impressive appearance. In heavily shaded areas use white/cream foliage plants to brighten dark areas. Consider paving in extreme shaded areas where lawn struggles to grow. The sound of trickling water in any size garden is always appealing romantic in small gardens. National Helpline: 1800 100 500 | nt.fightdementia.org.au Dementia is not a normal part of ageing Dementia Does Discriminate!Not Need some extra cash? #Recycling that pays www.envirobank.com.au Only clean empty beverage containers with 10cent deposit marking are accepted Darwin: 41 McKinnon Rd Pinelands Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm Sat: 8am-2pm I Sun: 8am-12pm P. 08 8931 0397 Alice Springs: 39 Cameron St. Alice Springs Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm 1st Saturday of each month: 8am-12pm Sunday: Closed P. 08 8953 7964 In tune with you, and your car Casuarina Casuarina Square 3 Dripstone Rd - 8945 2122 email@example.com www.ultratunesa.com.au/book-now INCLUDES Up to 5 litres of quality Valvoline oil Oil filter Top-up fluid levels Brake inspection Full vehicle inspection Written report All work guaranteed $149 CASUARINA ULTRA LUBE **Terms & conditions apply. Extra charges applicable for extra oil, 4wds & non standard oils *Offer ends 30 July 2016