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Byline: Carolyn Spray Q I have a Swiss cheese plant which is nearly 12ft tall. I'm moving to a new house with a lower ceiling. Can I cut it?

A Swiss cheese plants monstera deleciosa are climbing plants which cling to tree branches using thick roots. You can cut your plant back as much as you need to. It needs bright, filtered light and allow compost to almost dry before watering. Feed every two weeks in the growing season.

Q I have a blank wall next to my front door which I would like to liven up. I can't grow Big rooms in big flats require big fashion statements.

This lounge looks great with a huge leather stool or coffee table as the centrepiece. The sofas are placed around this and the side tables and occasional lighting simply slot in.

Wallpaper added detail with soft faux suedes forming the curtains.

The polished wooden floor completes the sleek look.

Wallpaper from Brian Yates Ulf Moritz collection from Design Works, Glasgow, from pounds 69 per roll. Curtains and cushions from Curtain Time Design, Ayr, pounds 21.99 per metre, 01292 610328.

Sofas from Habitat, pounds 899 each. Large stool from Saveway Direct, pounds 400 in leather.

Side table, pounds 149, Eileen Gray tables for Dallas and Dallas, Glasgow.

Mirror, handmade by Montage Artworks, from pounds 140, 0141-613 3513 Vases from Habitat from pounds 14.95. Flooring Pergo Walnut, supplied and fitted by Artisan, 0141-9545115. Flowers by Ruby Flowers, 0141-334 8666.a plant up it as the ground is paved so there is no soil.

Is there anything else I could do?

ABuy attractive wooden square and rectangular containers which have a matching trellis you fix on the back. This will give you a container to fill with compost, and a trellis to grow a climber up, hiding your wall. Try a large flowered clematis.

QI have a 7ft tall cordyline which has recently turned brown and the centre came away in my hand. Can I revive it?

AIt sounds like your cordyline has died, I'm afraid. This has a lot to do with how sheltered a position you grow them in and not letting them get waterlogged in the winter. Try growing one in a large pot filled with free draining soil and compost mix and if it is cold in the winter, wrap your plant up with fleece overnight to keep the worst of the frost out.


The large leather coffee table is the perfect centrepiece for this flat where the wooden floor completes the sleek look

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