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Home Living : January 31st 2012
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 MB TROPICAL TIMES IT'S TIME TO GO TROPPO BRING THE TROPICS HOME Fiona Boxall TROPICAL TOUCHES Evergreen plants with interesting foliage colours and forms. Philodendron 'Xanadu' copes with many climatic zones in mainland Australia and makes a perfect planting for the under-story. Water, either in water features, bowls or ponds. A range of plant heights, from tall palms right down to bromeliads and ferns. Garden ornaments with that tropical feel and somewhere to sit. A tropical effect in the garden is always worth the hard work. A TOUCH of the tropics in your garden and outdoor areas can make staying at home seem like a holiday. And you don't necessarily have to live in the tropics to achieve a tropical look. Many evergreen plants and palms will tolerate the type of temperate conditions in Sydney, as will many bromeliads and even a few of the gingers, particularly shell ginger, or Alpin- ia zerumbet, and some of the Hedychiums. When it comes to planting a tropical-effect garden, the key is generosity. This is no time to hold back, plant as many varieties as you can fit into the space, from groundcovers through to palms. Choose plants suited to your local climate and make sure you include under-story or low- growing varieties to give that luscious jungle look. If you're not sure what varieties will thrive in your area, ask at your local nursery. You're after a look rather than a pedigree, so choose plants with interesting evergreen foliage that looks good all year round. Cordy- lines, strelitzia -- or bird of para- dise -- and bromeliads are often quite tolerant of cooler conditions. There are also a number of cannas with colourful foliage and even brighter flowers that add punch without needing to be cos- seted. Bangalow palms do quite well in many parts of Sydney and don't forget the tree ferns. And if you're really keen, try a pond. FLOORING AFFORDABLE BAMBOO FLOORS ONE of the latest hot looks in flooring is bamboo. It's an afford- able, ecological and versatile floor- ing option -- and it looks great. The choice in bamboo flooring is huge, but remember that an in- ferior product may initially look and feel the same as a high-quality floor. As a relatively new flooring product, it's important that you do your homework to ensure you're happy with the supplier, product quality and eco standards. Ensure you compare products, service levels and the supplier's knowledge and reputation to en- sure you're getting a quality prod- uct. Don't be bamboozled. Ensure your bamboo flooring is manufac- tured using: Controlled raw materials. Quality adhesives with the lowest formaldehyde emissions. Finishes with no VOC emis- sions, formaldehyde, heavy me- tals, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides. Precision milling equipment. And complies with environ- mental standards. HIGH EFFICANCY PANEL WITH 25 YEAR WARRANTY* FREE UPGRADE TO 2KW INVERTER WITH 1.5KW SYSTEM* $999* 1.5 kw system with 2 kw inverter (8 Panels) SPECIAL OFFER FOR FIRST 50 CUSTOMERS ONLY Generate Your Own Electricity and Save! CALL 1300 959 013 Office: (02) 8840 9793 Mobile: 0421 806 328 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eurosolar.com.au Lic. No. 232564C Solar hot water, Aircons and LED lights available 2.00 kw system for only$1,999* 5.00 kw system for only$8,499* 3.00 kw system for only$4,499* *Conditions apply LG4855542AA-240112 Fully Installed by CEC Accredited Licenced Electricians (10 Panels) (16 Panels) (26 Panels) ")''%2 3(/72//- o .%7 ,/#!4)/. o ./7 /0%. KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 BUILT IN WARDROBES www.kingwardrobe.com.au • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service 2081858 31/1 New Years Sale 10% Off New Orders WE CUSTOM DESIGN TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS DIY Wardrobes Cut to size We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Interest Free terms - conditions apply Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone www.adams-newdawn.com Improve the value of your home 2125806 30/8 SPRING SPECIAL
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