1 BUSHLAND RETREAT
Create a destination in your garden through an outdoor living and dining zone. The mature tree and louvred pergola keep the sun’s rays at bay so you can wine, dine or simply relax. Neutral furnishings marry their surrounds while clever plant selection makes best use of a sloped site that was shaped to suit. Varied groundcovers and shrubs act as borders, with more mature plantings at the back to enclose the space as they grow.
Creating resort-style living in your own backyard has rocketed up the renovation wishlist! It’s not just outdoor dining either, with the lounge taking pride of place under a new pergola. Flanked by rock retaining walls and mature plants, this design faces carefully curated garden beds enclosing an existing mature tree.
2 FINE DINING
The natural warmth of timber is at home in any setting. Use hardwood decking and furniture legs to create an outdoor dining table and benches. Customise the length to suit both your space and the size of your crew!
3 BRING IN THE BUSH
Retaining walls fashioned from rough sandstone blocks add background texture to the area and evoke the feeling of a natural bush outcrop. The irregular lines contrast wonderfully with the more geometric design of the paving.
4 BETTER TOGETHER
When planted en masse, dianella, or flax lily, is like a green Mexican wave, as the strappy leaves bend in the breeze. In spring and summer, tiny blue or purple flowers sneak through them on long stalks. In autumn, the flowers produce deep purple berries – a feast for birds.
5 BRING YOUR OWN SHADE
Lounge around and enjoy a lazy afternoon in the shade. The louvred metal pergola is a flatpack kit you just assemble and then bolt down into small concrete footings. Too easy!
Critical issues to work with – and around
1 MAKE A PLAN
This is the most crucial step of them all! Tick off your lifestyle wishlist, but, more practically, have the site surveyed to work out levels and check if you need planning approvals. A professional planting scheme will also ensure garden beds integrate with the overall design.
2 RAISE THE WALLS
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WRAP YOUR SLEEP SPACE IN THE WARM EMBRACE OF LUXURIOUS VELVET!
TAKE THE EDGE off a BALCONY
If your outdoor garden is confined to a slab in the sky, you can still make it flourish
The DAHLIA buds of May
From Christmas to May, dahlias are energetic extroverts, pushing against the coming of winter 'til the bitter end. And they're brilliant indoors!
SO COOL, so casual
This grand garden has a gem of an idea - or three - that can transform your own plot!
Make a cute a kids' toy from bits and pieces lying around your workshop
SOAP IT UP!
Melt, mix and mould your way to bars so beautiful. They make marvellous Mother's Day gifts or keep them for yourself!
Make your sticky date pud even more delectable, sweet and gooey!
The foliage is fabulous - and the various colours, shapes and sizes of these trees will suit any part of your garden!
AS THE WEATHER COOLS DOWN YOUR KITCHEN WARMS UP WITH THESE SWEET AND DELICATELY SPICED BAKES CAD
FAST ED'S KITCHEN
You'll have fun making - and eating - what's on the menu this month, from hot dogs to apple pie and cupcakes
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Filling an Empty Space and Enhancing a Cabochon
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Totally Scrappy Scarf
Using less than 12 yards per row and simple single crochet and chain stitches, this stash-busting scarf is a perfect way to brighten up a winter outfit!
Popular from the moment it was first published in the April 2012 issue of Crochet World, this cute puppy is such a fun project to make! Make up a bunch to sell at craft fairs or to give as gifts.
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SIN OBRAS! CONVIERTE TU ESPACIO EXTERIOR EN UN OASIS
Si eres afortunada y posees jardín, patio o terraza, no desperdicies la oportunidad de crear en él un oasis exterior para tu uso particular. La pandemia ha transformado la forma en la que vivimos nuestros hogares y ha revalorizado estos espacios exteriores convirtiéndolos en objeto de deseo.