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White flowers in Hawthorn East garden design

Propagating succulents Succulents are one of the easiest of plants to propagate!  Depending on the species of succulent, they can either be grown from seeds; you’re able to create mini me’s from their leaves/stems; or set of wee cute little baby versions of them themselves and which are aptly called pups! From leaf Pick one of their leaves, leave the wounded end to dry (called callousing) for about a …

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White iceberg rose in Blackburn landscape design

Biophilia xxx The core areas of biophilia in garden design The belief that people will spend more on spaces or views that connect with nature.  This has been the case for landscape design where people are realising the benefits of that connection and are therefore more interested in doing up their homes to achieve that goal. An example landscape design wise is an existent tree with a historical connection …

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Front garden beds of a new build in Camberwell lit up at night

Planning is everything I know that the outdoor design bug doesn’t usually hit most people until the first lovely spring day. I advise anyone that contacts me that they will have a better result if the process starts way earlier than that. With more people now working from home, I see that people have now taken the time to think about when they should start their garden design. When’s …

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Urban food garden in productive part of Bundoora landscape design

Spring is just around the corner! Have you ever considered a vegetable patch in your garden? We love creating gardens for families who appreciate the importance and value of growing your own food!⁠⠀ Here are some practical tips on considering vegetable patches for your design:⁠⠀ 🥕Choosing the location and aspect ⁠⠀ 🥕Materials to be used in the garden bed, eg softwood v hardwood, the chemicals in wood treatment/leeching and …

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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 should offer an advisory value-add service by staying on as an independent consultant.  My role is to guide them through the rest of the build process, given that I helped create the vision of their garden.  They needed help in getting and interpreting the landscaping quotes that they …

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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 over the mental block of how cold it is outside, you’ll reap the rewards in the couple of month’s time and also get some good exercise and keep warm to boot! So here are some tips for your winter garden care! Your winter garden to-do’s Declutter Honestly, winter’s …

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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 my own garden! Such a great plant for Australian climates too! ⠀⁠ It’s often assumed that proteas are Australian natives, but they in originate from South Africa. However, they are closely related to some of our showiest plants, such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs. (Which is why i …

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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 you’ve already decided on the hard materials, accessories, and layout for this oasis. The next step is – many would say – the most fun part. Choosing your plants! But how do you work out what plants to put in and where they should go? You’ve come to …

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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 to get something edible planted in their garden. Most have said that they have no idea where to begin and some are curious about what else they can plant at this time of year! Well, happy to share some thoughts and tips to keep the spirit of giving …

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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 taste in her newly-renovated townhouse and incredible interior detail helped shape the outdoor design. Cate wanted a garden that would flow with the exterior and could be enjoyed both during the day and at night. It had to feel modern and create an urban oasis of lush plant …

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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 wow their neighbours. Their impeccable taste in their new build and incredible interior detail helped shape the outdoor design. Sarah’s family wanted a garden that would flow with the exterior and could be enjoyed both during the day and at night. It had to feel modern and family …

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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 metres to enjoy in their dream home, nestled in one of the prettiest parts of Blackburn. They wanted a practical and playful garden for a young family to compliment their newly renovated modern home. The design used a mixed planting palette, including natives and perennials to provide a …

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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 at and spend time in? We have developed a free comprehensive eBook just for you! This 10-page eBook will take you through: how to design the garden of your dreams. practical tips and inclusions based on your lifestyle. how to create harmony and flow between your home and …

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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 what’s been happening to date. (But please bear in mind that this is a very generic summary though!) There was a strong urge to mimic English gardens – so the cottage garden style. Then came the movement to go native and explore the delights we have on offer …

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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” only relates to material made from chipped wood. Rock “mulch” is basically a groundcover material made of your chosen size of screenings, pebbles or small rocks. Now you’re going to ask me, what are these in turn as they all seem to mean the same thing? In fact …

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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 it carry more meaning? The term “biophilia” means the “love of life or living systems.” It describes a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. It tries to explain why humans strive to connect with nature and the world around us. For me, maybe …

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Salvia used in Vermont South landscape design

Do you want to learn what it takes to create your dream garden? A space that you love to look at and spend time in?   We have developed a free comprehensive eBook just for you!   This 17-page eWorkbook will help: Map out your existing garden and identify problem areas Brainstorm new ideas Clarify what you want before contacting a landscape designer or contractor If you are not …

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Red rose in Vermont South garden design by Parveen Dhaliwal

My association with roses goes back to my childhood.  For me, it was the distinctive perfume of the rose that my mum grew that drew us to this plant.  Even risking a cut or two from its thorns just to take as many deep breaths in of its intoxicating perfume! My mum is the real gardener in the family and who has the most green fingers.  There is nothing …

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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 writing this from my deck where I’ve surrounded myself with the variety of my choice. Reminds me of home. Reminds me of my childhood experiences.  Can’t go wrong with a scented garden! There are many species and styles of jasmine available.  The biggest difference between jasmine varieties is …

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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 off big dividends! So forget all those other spring tasks you’ve got on your plate at the moment and get planting before it’s too late! I know it’s hard to get organised.  I have young kids and a busy work schedule but I do love the taste of …

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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 you’re able to refer to this for some ideas on how to approach growing your own herbs!  Soon it’ll be time to sow your herb seeds to grow into young saplings you can plant out when the frost risk is minimal and the ground warms up! Have a …

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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 some fruit bearing trees thrown in? Having edibles secretly injected into your outdoor spaces?  Or is it something practical for the family with young kids to forage through and discover the bounty of nature? Does it need to be aesthetically pleasing? What about inviting wildlife into the garden? …

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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 that you’re able to refer to this for some ideas on how to approach growing your own herbs!  Soon it’ll be time to sow your herb seeds to grow into young saplings you can plant out when the frost risk is minimal and the ground warms up! Have …

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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 aquatic plants, they will transform your garden into an amazing space! Sometimes it’s a bit confusing to choose which one will be appropriate in your garden.  When choosing water features for your garden, try to consider the price, the size of your space and the design of your …

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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 I’m a plantaholic designer!  Anyway, there was so much to write on this topic that I have broken it down to two articles. Part 1 Why have plants in the workplace and the how to use them effectively Part 2 Maintenance considerations and the types of plants you …

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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 I’m a plantaholic designer!  Anyway, there was so much to write on this topic that I have broken it down to two articles. Happy reading! Part 1 Why have plants in the workplace and the how to use them effectively Part 2 Maintenance considerations and the types of …

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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 will add height and beauty to your garden and determines which part of it is shaded.  Its an important investment to realise your dream garden’s full potential!  So choosing the perfect tree is key for designing your dream garden! How trees help wildlife There is a current trend in …

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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 undergrowth as we walk path? Could it be the wind billowing softly that makes it exciting to be in the garden? What about the birds and then buzz of the bees? Other insects maybe? What about the delightful sounds of moving water as it laps around edges of …

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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 to create it! Doncaster – water feature view Maribyrnong – water movement Blackburn Glen Waverley Water cascading into a pool, for instance, always attracts attention from most people, especially young children!  If created to provide a subtle sound effect, it will not only add a visual wow factor …

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Why?   Gardens are where growth energy gets created and nurture.  It is as important for your garden to attract good energy as it for your home interiors to bring you luck! Which method?   There are a couple of ways in which start the process of designing a feng shui garden.   Note, however, that the information in this article is based on the general principles and are …

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With working lives becoming busier and its becoming more expensive to travel to an oasis, why not create a home oasis of your own?  A balcony garden is a perfect initiative!! Personally, its not about adding to clutter, but its about organising your space to be more of what you need in life with plant friends along the way and which can improve the air quality to boot!! There …

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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 the area we will be designing.  That’s best practice. We charge for our initial consultations.   Preparation is Key!     We strongly believe in being value for money so we come prepared.  Once contacted, we send you a short questionnaire prior to the initial consultation so that …

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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! Here are some simple tips in getting an awesome design underway for your small garden or outdoor space! Choose the right plant palette – go for the smaller dwarfs and cultivars and don`t forget to layer them and group their sizes accordingly to create the visual effect you want.  …

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The rare occurrence Occasionally, we meet clients who are well researched and have a reasonably good idea of what they want and how much it will all cost.  All they needed from us is to complete the picture by confirming a couple of things they were thinking of doing and a quick sketch of what the overall result will look like. In this instance we will usually offer to …

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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 it is your home or an investment property, adding value will be a key consideration when looking to design the garden and construct it. The main elements when adding value are aesthetics, budget and low maintenance. Questions to ask yourself – aesthetics When looking at how to design …

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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.  Benefits of designing a garden catering for seasoning impacts I guess!  Yes, selecting plants is so important.  Especially the right plants!  I can imagine the beautiful influx of butterflies, native bees, cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets that will visit my garden soon.  Not to mention the colourful floral display …

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Staging for sale Sprucing up the outdoors shouldn’t be ignored when preparing your home for potential buyers. Here are 8 key things you could do when you’re staging your house for sale: De – clutter & tidy up – get rid of bits and bobs and broken down items lying around.   Get rid of dead or dying bushes, pull out the weeds and mow the lawn. Repair – minimise spend …

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