16th April 2014
Native plants are often overlooked as they are all considered woody, hot looking and generally uninspiring. I'm, however committed to using plants that have good form, leaf colour and texture so that a contrast is created amongst the different varieties of plants in the garden. I also like my plants to be tough, so if they meet this criteria, they're in.
The natives that I use as part of an 'all native mix' or along side exotics in the same mix, and some of my favorites are listed:
Hardenbergia Flat White is a new variety which performs well as a massed ground cop over,...
7 April 2014
Architecture can play a huge role in influencing the style of the garden or it can have no bearing whatsoever. These days glass, concrete and timber is often used in homes and these organic materials are perfect when used in the garden, making the transition between house and garden more unified.
I believe that we understand our climate so much more than we did even 20 years ago, so it means the indoor and outdoor spaces can be linked to each other so much better than they used to be. Architects know when sun is required, and shade needed, without affecting...
11 March 2014
Many Japanese garden traditions can be used for our own garden design principles. When designing a garden, I rely on these principles to form the basics of my design;
Try to adopt their concept of trying to create a scene where element is connected and no one element dominates at the expense of another. This approach is subtle, and yet forms a 'big picture' where, say, only three elements are used to cover the entire garden and they bleed into each other. This concept is natural and mimics many indigenous landscapes around...
25 February 2014
These days it’s really easy to be bamboozled by all the garden ideas that the media/retailers suggest in order for them to remain current and topical. Having this smorgasbord of ideas is not helpful when designing your garden.
Definitely use cut out pictures as a reference of things you like, though don’t try and fit 'every' idea that appeals to you, into your garden, it won't work.
No matter how disjointed you feel your garden is, try to give it uniformity by planting the one hedge...
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