Home & Garden
Better Homes and Gardens Australia

Better Homes and Gardens Australia November 2019

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

Bauer Media Pty Ltd
Read More
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Oh my goodness – how breathtaking! When you arrive at the gardening pages your senses will love the magnificent images that are our gift to you this month! There are exquisite water lilies, or blooms bursting with colour, tomatoes even and, of course, the big fave–healthy green lawns. And that comes with all the lush ideas that follow for your outdoor living areas – so abundant and joyous But something has eaten all the agapanthus to the ground, night after night. Nearly the whole garden has been denuded. Is it deer, kangaroos or the wombats? Whomever it is, it’s sheer desperation for food. And that’s down at our farm. The relentless drought has left our wonderful wildlife with nothing to eat. The bitter, normally unpleasant aggies are now the main source…

1 min.
your most relaxing summer

WITH YOUR OUTDOOR GALAXY KITCHEN al fresco dining HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER THE SPRINTER CORNER LOUNGE, chic & modern, IS YOUR IDEAL SUMMER GO-TO RETREAT SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL STORE, ONLINE AT HN.COM.AU OR CALL 1300 464 278 Harvey Norman stores are operated by independent franchisees. Advertised prices valid at NSW stores only. Prices may vary between states due to additional freight costs. Promotion ends 30/11/2019.…

1 min.
outdoor rooms

garden shows, magazines and books are a wealth of inspiration when it comes to designing your green escape. And, no matter how grand the original inspiration, with a jig here and rejig there, you will be amazed at how you can reinterpret the original design to suit your backyard – regardless of size, shape and levels. Time to get your hands dirty in the garden and create a fabulous spot to chill and entertain! MELLOW YELLOW For your outdoor room, design a symmetrical sunken seating area surrounded by a box hedge – almost like a low wall. Make a feature of each corner with colour-coordinated, loose cottage-like plantings, in beautiful contrast to the formality of the hedge. Love sport and entertaining? Consider an outdoor TV or a sealed enclosure for regular viewing.…

2 min.
a study in symmetry

LOVELY LUPINS Tiny flower bombs climb the stems to create colourful lighthouses in your garden. 1 STEPPING UP Don’t let a sloping block or a change of level prevent you from integrating your outdoor area with your home’s interior. You can maintain flow with wide steps that lead you down to a sunken lounge, nestled within hedging to soften the hard landscape materials. Also key is a consistent colour palette between inside and out. 2 CREATE A BRIDGE Enjoy your pond’s plant and marine life up close with a bridge of ‘floating’ pavers, staggered across the water for a less formal approach. PS, if your pond is more than 30cm deep, it will require pool fencing. 3 GARDEN ART Make a feature of a striking sculpture. It can be an arresting focal point or one you happen…

1 min.
romance is in the air

2 BISTRO STYLE As the weather warms, the lure of the outdoors increases. If you fancy eating alfresco, turn your attention to creating a desirable dining spot. Surrounded by lush foliage and plants, there’s something very appealing about a bistro-style setting. Rather than today’s penchant for stools, you’ll appreciate chairs so you can lean back in comfort. RAMBLING ROSE As the multiple layers of petals unfurl, more of its beauty is revealed. Photography GAP Photos/Matteo Carassale. Prices are approximate and a guide only.…

2 min.
urban courtyard

1 BE SEATED Make comfort a priority with well-padded seat cushions to encourage you and your friends to linger for a while. Outdoor fabrics and soft furnishings come in a range of colours, patterns and styles you can buy or have custom-made to order. Check out faboutdoorfabrics.com.au. PITTOSPORUM Smaller varieties are perfect for trimming into many shapes. 2 SMALL SPACE, BIG IMPACT Decking and walled boundary fencing, albeit with different material finishes, will give your courtyard the feel of a private outdoor room. Soften the impact of rendered walls with a graphic horizontal display of vertical planters. 3 BUBBLE AWAY The trickling sound of a water feature will imbue your space with ambiance. You can buy ready-to-install fountains or retrofit a garden pot with a pond pump. 4 RAISE THE BED Raised garden beds will green-up your space without…