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Alfresco & Outdoor Areas

6 Tips for the ultimate urban balcony garden

City living has its drawbacks for gardening enthusiasts. With ever-soaring apartment prices, interior living space is often cramped and outdoor space is seriously limited. But life in the concrete jungle need not be completely devoid of greenery. Before you give apartment living the (green) thumbs down, dig into these 6 tips for cultivating the ultimate urban balcony garden.   1. Look …

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Three Backyard Ideas for Winter Building Projects

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It’s the great Australian dream to have a outdoor entertainment space. Somewhere to BBQ on Australia Day, enjoy cocktails or a few beers on a Sunday afternoon or just watch the kids take a dip in the pool. Winter is the ideal time to schedule in a building project, getting your entertainment space ready for the warmer months and endless Summer entertaining. …

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Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors

Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors glass walls

It’s time to renovate. If you’re planning to jazz up a drab and outdated kitchen this year, consider is it possible for the kitchen to be extended and spill into your outdoor spaces. The concept of a kitchen extension is simple, by creating open and seamless spaces between the inside of your home and outdoors, not only can you make …

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Get your outdoor living space party ready!

Tips to get your outdoor living spaces party ready

So all the Christmas Parties are at your place this year? Get your garden and outdoor living areas looking their best with our top tips. It’s never too early to start!     Tidy up your plants  As soon as you can take a wander around the yard and trim anything that looks ‘yuk’. Give everything a good dead head …

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Tips on Buying a BBQ that’s right for you

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Buying a BBQ that’s right for you can be a rewarding purchase as we move into the warmer months. With so many different types available, the questions is, how do you choose the BBQ that’s right for you? The answer is to look at what you actually want to use it for, then sort through the features, varieties and brands to find one that …

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Poolside Gardens for Small Spaces

Vertical and potted poolside gardens for small spaces

Swimming pools require a significant portion of our increasingly space-limited backyards, however this does not mean the pool area has to be void of plant life, you can still have a splash and enjoy the colour too!  Climbers. Consider making the most of vertical walls and fence lines with densely foliaged, evergreen climbing plants such as Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospurmum jasminoides) or …

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Planting a Poolside Garden 6 Things to Consider

Building a garden poolside 6 things to consider

For many of us, a swimming pool in the backyard is synonymous with the great Australian lifestyle and complementing your pool with stylish gardens will enhance your enjoyment of it, year after year. For the most successful result it’s as important to make sure your pool blends with surrounding landscaping and to use poolside plants that grow happily beside the water’s edge …

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Five Common Poolside Plants

Poolside plants need to tolerate harsh poolside conditions and drop minimal amounts of fruit, flowers or leaves, because lets face it, who wants to be cleaning the pool out everyday. Most of all, they need to look great and make your pool area into that perfect getaway oasis, the envy of your neighbors. Here are our Top 5 choices:  You …

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