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After the initial consultation, we develop individual designs for garden makeovers or brand new gardens.
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If you have always liked the idea of designing your own garden, here’s where to start.
Although the literal meaning of oasis is a green spot in the desert, it can also be used to describe a refuge, a relief or a pleasant change. With another long, hot summer stretching ahead of us, it’s a great time to create your own fresh and inviting garden oasis. With a little creativity, you could transform a small area into a cool and peaceful retreat. Choose a quiet and shady spot. Perhaps under a tree, the far side of a patio or the south side of a structure. First things first, [...]
A recent trip to Venice has given me renewed enthusiasm for small gardens, secret gardens and gardening for pleasure. With a little planning, courtyards, terraces and balconies can be gorgeous private garden retreats. The design of small garden is crucial. The aim is to make the most of the limited space and maximise the sense of garden. That means adding lots of greenery high and low, without taking up wide spaces. Narrow layers of contrasting greenery will give the effect of a much big [...]
Garden designs should take into account seasonal changes that occur in the garden and maximise the differences between Summer and Winter environments. Autumn colour is glorious as trees and climbers turn from green to warmer hues of yellow, orange and fiery red. And it’s a great time now to think about planting deciduous trees as new stocks are coming into the nurseries. Trees are the first essential selection for a good planting scheme. Trees add wonderful height and dimension to your gard [...]
Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about how you can use less water in your garden. You will be able to plan your low water garden and have it ready well before next summer arrives. Good design can help you create a delightul garden for your home while keeping it waterwise and low maintenance. One of the first priorities in a hot, dry climate is shade. While man-made shade is great, it’s much cooler under the shade of a tree. You should have at least one good sized tr [...]
This past year, I have been inspired by contemporary art at the Venice Biennale, the Asia Pacific Triennale and the Sydney Biennale. Greedy, I know. It’s been quite an Alice in Wonderland experience. Much of the art has been completely surprising, charming, challenging, and wheting the appetite to see more. Art in our homes adds wonderful style and character so why not consider art in your garden design too? It can turn an ordinary garden into a breathtaking one. Art in a landscape design [...]
Now that I am back from an extended holiday in Italy (bliss), I am loving my return to garden design and garden consultancy in Perth. If you can’t take off on a perfect holiday right now, why not create your own perfect holiday garden? Just as you might plan the trip of a lifetime, you can start dreaming of the most idyllic places! Would you choose a tropical resort style, country style or perhaps even a 5 star hotel style? Will you be relaxing in the latest poolside luxury or would you [...]
Living in a rental property with a pocket handkerchief sized courtyard is no excuse for not having a garden. It simply means that you have to be a bit smarter in the way you tackle the problem. The answer is in being single-minded and disciplined. The first thing is to acknowledge that space is limited so you only have the chance to do one style in the courtyard. That may be Mediterranean or cottage or contemporary, however you can only choose one and that’s the hard part. Once you have [...]
The launch of the Open Gardens Australia 2014 Season last weekend was a wonderful reminder that gardens are great places to look for inspiration. There’s nothing like a good poke around in someone else’s garden to see different ideas and to be inspired to try something different. Here are some of the creative and interesting ideas that have got us thinking in recent months. One of the fundamentals of excellent garden design is adding vibrancy and interest in the garden. There are many [...]
Many garden spaces for contemporary homes are quite small. There is not a lot of room to create significant green spaces with proportions that match the scale and volume of the building. So, it was exciting to be asked to design a landscape where the client requested a unique, interesting and stylish garden and there was the luxury of space. It became a wonderful opportunity to develop a creative design with great proportions. The client for this garden had two blocks on a steeply sloping [...]
When it comes to styling the outdoors, many people don’t know where to start. How do you decide what colours to use and where to put them? How do you know what goes with what? Just like interior design, there are some fundamental rules to follow to make the most of your exterior decoration. Follow these simple ideas and you could be well on your way to a fabulous new look for new garden design. Decorative elements can really make a statement in a house and garden. They may be grand and impr [...]