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Home Living : June 26th 2012
GARDENING BLOOMING BRILLIANT IDEAS CREATE YOUR OWN OASIS Use outdoor walls and fences to create a living wall of flowers, salads and herbs. Susan Redman DON'T let the winter chill keep you from pottering around out- side, especially if you live in a small house or apartment. Make up for the lack of space inside by decorating a court- yard garden, balcony or terrace on view. By turning your yard into an outdoor room filled with lush plantings and colour, even comfortable furnishings, you will create an inviting oasis outdoors (even in mid-winter) and will also give the im- pression that your home is a lot bigger -- and brighter. Plants: Blast the blues of winter away with lots of colour- ful plants. Try camellia, be- gonia, heliotrope, gerbera, and vines such as South American orange trumpet -- even citrus in tubs will add colour. Containers: Another way to brighten things up is with highly glazed pots. Place them in banks of colour, and choose a colour palette sympathetic to a home's inside decor. Vertical space: Just like small rooms, small gardens ben- efit from decoration on walls as well as along the perimeter. Hang lots of small pots on exterior walls or plant a whole vertical garden along a boring fence. Herbs: Arrange herb gardens along window sills for easy access from kitchens, or display pretty glass bottles that will catch and reflect the light. Fun: Add humour. Line up some funny figurines or ani- mals made from metal or cer- amics that can be easily seen from the back door. Garden gnomes will do the trick. Food: Choose a favourite food-producing plant or two, such as a passionfruit vine or a tomato plant and give it pride of place in the garden. Don't forget to enjoy its bounty. Topiary: Buy some great wire shapes or animals and grow your own topiary from a box shrub Buxus sempervirens, or buy one ready formed and have fun keeping your plant clipped to shape. Bonsai: Trimming and cultivating bonsai offers years of pleasure as well as stirring up peace and tranquility. Details: Verti-plant is $35 for a pack of two. Each planter has four pockets which provide am- ple space for eight plants. Avail- able from Quality Products. Call 9999 0684 or visit qualityproducts.com.au Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c TIM BAILEY S FAMILY COMPANY inspiration in air conditioning WARM IN WINTER COOL IN SUMMER • FREE QUOTES • 5 STAR SERVICE • NICE PRICE REVERSE CYCLE AIR CONDITIONING 9913 8139 email@example.com www.theweathermen.com.au 2207441 19/6 2159518 21/2 Website: www.davonne.com.au 165 Eastern Valley Way Middle Cove 1014B Pittwater Rd. Collaroy Hurry! Call 9981 6911 For free measure & Quote Shopping for stylish window furnishing? Davonne may save you up to 50% from our competitors Buy direct and save you heaps, be a smart shopper. Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us today: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au Beat the carbon tax get in before the prices rise July 1st Free Quotes: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS OPENING ROOF PERGOLA PERGOLA & DECK HIA MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUST RALIA NEW SOUTH WA LES L I BERTY PR OC ESS ST ABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1
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