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View of front entry stepper path from the street in Burwood landscape design by Parveen Dhaliwa

Setting the scene Last year, I was approached by the family who wanted to create a beautiful garden surrounding their newly …

Kinetic sculpture in landscape design in Glen Waverley in Houzz

Getting a landscaping quote When I first commenced as a designer, it was put to me by a client that I …

Backyard grassed area in Burwood landscape design by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Winter is the best time for tidying up your garden, pruning the plants, and preparing for spring.  If you can get …

Red king protea in Glen Waverley landscape design

One of my absolute favourite family of plants to use in my designs and one I absolutely look forward to in …

Close up of purple shrub in Burwood landscape design by Parveen Dhaliwal

Creating a Planting Plan So you’ve landed upon a theme for your dream garden and it’s got you so excited that …

Closeup of lime espalier in Bundoora landscape design

Thought I’d write up on several discussions I’ve had the past couple of weeks from friends, family and clients about trying …

White flowers in Hawthorn East garden design

The brief When Cate contacted me, she wanted a garden that would suit her lifestyle and lift her space. Her impeccable …

Corten wall lightbox used in Glen Waverley garden design

The brief When Sarah and her husband contacted me, they wanted a garden design that would suit their family lifestyle and …

Cottage garden planting in Blackburn front garden design

The brief When Paul and Valerie came to us, their garden was overgrown but filled with potential. They had 1300 square …

Corten wall lightbox used in Glen Waverley garden design

Do you want to learn what it takes to create the perfect outdoor space? A space that you love to look …

Top view of large bromeliad used in Doncaster East landscape design

Status quo So we understand the direction in which the planting trend is moving, thought that it was best to explore …

Brown pebbles for landscaping Melbourne

What is it? What is rock mulch? I get this question a lot. It stems from the general perception that “mulch” …

White iceberg rose in Blackburn landscape design

Biophilia What does Biophillia actually mean and how is it important to garden design?  It is a fancy term or does …

Basic soil dispersiveness testing by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

How do I know I have clay soil? It’s relatively easy to do a basic soil type test to help you …

Red rose in Vermont South garden design by Parveen Dhaliwal

Roses

November 19, 2019
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My association with roses goes back to my childhood.  For me, it was the distinctive perfume of the rose that my …

Closeup of jasmine used in Vermont South garden design

Jasmines – love them to bits!  Have a look around right now and they should be at their flowering best.  I’m …

Productive vegetable patch in metal planters in Kew garden design

The most important thing to do in spring for your productive garden is planting. It is a task that will pay …

Aphids on helleborus. Landscape design Melbourne by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

With spring well underway, I’m sure you’ve come across them.  Swarms of soft bodied insects swarming around and eventually ruining your …

Close up of aloes and echeveria succulents used in Vermont South landscape design

Propagating succulents Succulents are one of the easiest of plants to propagate!  Depending on the species of succulent, they can grown …

Salvia used in Vermont South landscape design

Given that spring is around the corner, I thought of writing up on this topic as a value add so that …

Urban food garden in productive part of Kew landscape design

What is it? What does “productive garden design” mean for me, personally? Is it a garden with a vegetable patch?  Maybe …

Nasturtiums in Vermont South landscape design

Given that spring is not that far off, I thought of writing up on this topic as a value add so …

Closeup view of the slate wall used to create the water feature in Maribyrnong courtyard garden

Water features in your garden Water features are perfect for large gardens as well as for small courtyards. With or without …

Shadows in the garden in Hawthorn garden design by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Hello, I’ve pulled together some features that a home-office should have, in my view.  Yes it’s plant based of course, as …

Garden artwork. Garden rejuvenation of a Doncaster property in Melbourne by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Hello, I’ve pulled together some features that a home-office should have, in my view.  Yes it’s plant based of course, as …

Beautiful elm tree showing its yellow winter leaves in Burwood landscape design

Role of a tree A tree is a key piece in your garden framework.  Depending on the tree of choice, it …

Black circular water feature in Blackburn garden design by Parveen Dhaliwal

What sort of sounds? What does “sounds in the garden” mean for me, personally? Is it the rustle of leaves and …

Kinetic sculpture in landscape design in Glen Waverley in Houzz

People are attracted to movement in the garden.   It creates an interest of all sorts.  Here are some of my tips …

Clivia flowers in Hawthorn East landscape design

Thought I’d quickly share some of my gardening tips for getting your garden ready this summer.  Every keen gardener I know …

Close up of bluestone paving and oversized pebbles in Burwood landscape design by Parveen Dhaliwal

Bluestone – what is it? Bluestone is not a geological term but refers to different types of stone depending on which …

Street view of front entry stepper path in Burwood landscape design by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Thought it may be worthwhile doing a writeup of the main questions I get asked about paving. Hawthorn East – granite …

Edible landscaping using trellis in Blackburn landscape design

Trellises or frames are probably one of the more useful structures to be considered in garden design.  Why? They add a …

Why?   Gardens are where growth energy gets created and nurture.  It is as important for your garden to attract good …

With working lives becoming busier and its becoming more expensive to travel to an oasis, why not create a home oasis …

Barrel Cactus for Melbourne landscapes

LOL.  Well that’s my reaction.  I just have never liked artificial plants.  I love that modern tech has made them almost …

Closeup of monstera in a Kuala Lumpur backyard

Monstera Madness

April 10, 2018
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What’s so popular about it? The Monstera deliciosa plant is a non native that’s getting popular again.  And for good reason.  …

Corten spherical ring garden sculpture in Blackburn landscape design

Best practice   It is our practice to organise a site meeting for the initial consultation, so that we can visualise …

Garden artwork. Garden rejuvenation of a Doncaster property in Melbourne by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

With everything getting smaller these days, how do we get the most from our outdoor areas without feeling claustrophobic? Design Tips! …

Front garden in Camberwell landscaped using perennials and Australian natives

A retaining wall using sleepers are not difficult to install and can definitely be attempted by any DIYer with a bit of …

Closeup of pot styling area in Bundoora garden design

It’s a must have!   In our garden designs, an irrigation system is one of the things we insist that our …

Front garden design plant cluster in Blackburn by Parveen Dhaliwal

We get asked this a lot so we’ve decided to clarify a few urban myths on this topic.  Specifically, how people …

The rare occurrence Occasionally, we meet clients who are well researched and have a reasonably good idea of what they want …

Helleborus flower range of colours from white to yellows, pinks, burgundy and black

Hellebores or winter roses are definitely one of my favourites! The onset of some cooler weather and some cooler nights encourage …

Street view of front garden in Burwood garden design by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Motivation Adding value to your property with effective landscaping is easy to achieve if you follow a few simple rules. Whether …

Beautiful elm tree showing its yellow winter leaves in Burwood landscape design

Well its nearly spring and if you’ve not been blessed with the delights of flowering buds from your fruit trees, you …

Large grassed area in Burwood landscape design by Inspiring Landscape Solutions

Ensure that your instant turf receives plenty of water, the turf should be moist but not wet. Depending on the season …

Bright flowers used around pool area in Brighton landscape design in Melbourne

Spring is nearly here!  I can’t wait to see my garden awaken although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the winter display thus far.  …

Staging for sale Sprucing up the outdoors shouldn’t be ignored when preparing your home for potential buyers. Here are 8 key …

Top view of large bromeliad used in Doncaster East landscape design

Bromeliads

March 28, 2017
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Coming from the tropics I love colour and a lush green look.  There are many that tick these boxes but I …

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