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Home Living : January 10th 2012
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 5 TOP TIPS IF you treat your balcony as an extension of the living space it will be a boon to your lifestyle. Choose plants that will cope with the site. Balconies often get very hot in summer or lose sunlight in winter. Go for a few big pots rather than dozens of smaller ones. They are easier to water prop- erly and won't dry out as fast. Use a high-quality potting mix, preferably one containing water-saving crystals. Make sure the pots have drip trays or ensure the balcony can cope with water run off. You don't want to cause structural damage by watering your plants. Apply slow-release fertiliser to keep the plants growing strongly. Go for a theme or colour scheme to tie all of the elements together, just as you would when furnishing a room. Add comfortable cushions to chairs, a throw for cooler even- ings and candles or lanterns. Don't forget the walls. They can be decorated with hanging baskets, mirrors and outdoor art. BALCONIES BRING THE OUTDOORS IN CREATING AN INVITING PATIO GARDEN To create an colourful outdoor room, make sure you choose the right plants for the conditions on your balcony. Fiona Boxall THE big back yard is no longer something we all aspire to. Space has become an expensive item for many city dwellers and that has had an impact on the size of our gardens. But lack of yardage doesn't mean you have to abandon your horticultural aspirations. All you need is a balcony to grow a variety of plants, including veg- etables and herbs. The rules are the same as for any gardening: know the micro-climate and plan and plant accordingly. A balcony garden will become part of your living space, so it needs to accommodate your needs as well as those of plants. There should be somewhere to sit and maybe a small table to rest cups of coffee and that book you're reading or your laptop. Make sure the seating is comfortable and that the space looks inviting. Lighting will also be a boon if you want to entertain in the evenings, but rather than going for something resembling the Sydney Cricket Ground, try scented candles and lanterns that cast a soft glow. And don't forget fragrance. Place scented plants and candles on the balcony to help create a relaxing ambience. Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C !2% 9/5 2%!$9 &/2 35--%2 SAVEUPTO$600 on Daikin Ducted Systems SAVEUPTO$300 On Daikin Split Systems PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9531 7462 2121808 27/12
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