Five simple garden design tips for your front door

First impressions really do count. A welcoming, well designed entry to your home sets the tone and mood for what lies beyond. Whether you live in a large suburban house or a small inner city terrace here are five simple garden design tips to make a great first impression at your...
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Favourite plant of the month – Gymea lily

How spectacular! I love Gymea lilies or Doryanthes excelsa, with their majestic tall stems and magnificent large, red flower heads. Gymea lilies are an iconic Australian flower, indigenous to the Sydney Basin, and proudly line Southern Cross Drive along the route from Sydney...
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Garden design ideas – colourful spring planting

Spring is almost here, you can smell it in the air! There is no other season in the year that heralds such hope and excitement for new beginnings. The sun shines a little brighter, the air starts to warm and gardens start to burst forth with a riot of colour and sensuous...
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Landscape designers in the twenty first century

So finally we have arrived at the twenty first century in our look at the history of modern landscape designers. At the beginning of our series I observed that, “Very little happens by chance and the work of contemporary landscape designers is no exception.” So the five twenty...
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Isamu Noguchi – master landscape designer and sculptor

In the last blog we looked at Frank Lloyd Wright, a celebrated twentieth century American architect, who also excelled as a landscape designer. Lloyd designed wonderful gardens for some of his most iconic houses. In this blog we look at Isamu Noguchi, another cross disciplinary...
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A master landscape designer – Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses are revered as twentieth century architectural masterpieces but his work as a landscape designer is lesser known. Wright considered the house and its surrounding landscape design one organic whole and as a master landscape designer set out to place his...
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Influential landscape designers of the twentieth century

Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, Lawrence Halprin and Dan Kiley were leading landscape designers in the modernist period and their pioneering, innovative landscape designs presented new approaches and alternative solutions that have laid the foundations for more recent contemporary...
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Landscape designers – a history of modern landscape design

Very little happens by chance and the work by contemporary landscape designers is no exception. There is a rich history in landscape design and to better understand the work of contemporary landscape designers today it is helpful to take a look at the first ‘modern’ landscape...
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Herb gardens – grow your own herbal remedies

Now that we’ve looked at the history of herbs and how to design your own herb garden, let’s take a look at some easy to grow herbs and their medicinal properties. Herbal remedies are not a cure for disease or ailments but rather help the body heal itself. Herbs help the body by...
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Herb garden design – what style of herb garden should I have?

Growing herbs is fun and can contribute to a healthier way of life. Herbs have a myriad of uses from medicinal and culinary to creating sensual pleasure. Whether you have a large garden, live in an inner city terrace or an apartment with only a windowsill or balcony, the...
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