When designing a garden, fulfilling the practical requirements of a child is a challenge. Children go through their stages quickly so bear in mind that some of the elements may be temporary and you’ll still want to enjoy your garden after they’ve gone. Here are some tips on how to have a garden the entire family […]
Balcony gardens can be tricky. There are space considerations, for one. More importantly, the weather can impact dramatically because balcony plants often receive either full sun or total shade and can be in relatively windy positions. But there is a wide range of plants suitable for balconies. You need plants that are tough and tolerate […]
22nd April 2014 In the right place, Vertical Gardens are like living tapestries that bring drama and theatre to a space by hiding an overbearing wall, and using its height to bring green scale to the area. The other reason designers like to use Vertical Gardens is because they are efficient at giving all […]
Long days, warm sun, hot days and the beach. We all love summer! How do gardens help us to relate to warm weather and evoke these positive vibes? I think we draw inspiration for these casual style gardens from warm resorts/gardens overseas and the north of Australia. But bright colours, with no shade and the […]
The first major change I did as a young student was in my parent’s large back garden, call it a practice run. The garden was long and level, so I decided to break up the expanse with a hedge about 2/3 of the way up the back garden and created a gap in the hedge […]
I’ve been lucky enough to design gardens in every state and territory in Australia, and I’ve designed gardens in America, Japan and several in New Zealand. People seem bewildered and misguided as to my talents for selecting plants for these clearly different plant zones. It’s easier than you might think! It simply requires your powers of observation to […]
Peter’s gardens have been featured in countless magazines and news articles. Below we have highlighted the best of the best.
A frangipani is a low-maintenance way to add a sweet scent and a hint of the tropics. Pretty, sweetly scented flowers, non-invasive roots, low water requirements and an attractive umbrella shape make the frangipani (Plumeria) tree a welcome addition to any outdoor space, particularly modern settings or resort-style gardens. In full bloom, the branches of […]