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Design & Implement
This is a one hour workshop on-site to help start the garden design process.
After the initial consultation, we develop individual designs for garden makeovers or brand new gardens.
Bring your garden plans to reality with our landscaping recommendations.
Garden Design School
DIY Garden Design
If you have always liked the idea of designing your own garden, here’s where to start.
Some people are happy to have their garden just grow like topsy, and that’s good for them. However, I think gardens need good bones. Good bones in a garden design are the fundamental lines and shapes that guarantee a pleasing and elegant garden, whatever the style, planting or season. There needs to be a good reason for the lines and shapes in a garden. It may be to mirror the architecture of the house, set up a long flow towards a focal point or it might be to make a space appear wi [...]
Does your house need an update? Well, here’s the good news. Green is in! You can refresh your home with everything from cooling patio gardens to yummy herb and veggie gardens. And to really get with it these days, it’s all about fabulous indoor plants. Indoor plants are great company indoors. They absorb chemicals and purify the air to make us feel better. And they can look fabulous with any style décor. Here’s a few tips on how make your indoor gardens look great and th [...]
This house has quite large proportions (fabulous) and now, new back gardens enhance it beautifully. However, once upon a time, the back gardens were small and cottage style. The yard was dominated by an old brick garage and a large swimming pool. Worn tracks across the back lawn called for some new paving… and soon. The aim was to create a classic, elegant and established style garden. The architectural detail of the back of the house was reflected in the new garden design, linking the c [...]
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 [...]