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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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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 built home that they were looking at selling. It was an unusual project for me to take on.  As you well know, my gardens are all about the creating spaces that are custom for the family they live in.  And which they feel connected to on some level. …

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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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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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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 from seeds; you’re able to create mini me’s from their leaves/stems; or set off 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 day then …

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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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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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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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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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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 lifelike though.  But they can’t give you what real plants can.  The sheer joy and satisfaction of watching your little baby grow and bloom and at the same time enliven the space that it’s in!   Pros of  artificial plants   Well … just to humour this topic …

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Closeup of monstera in a Kuala Lumpur backyard

What’s so popular about it? The Monstera deliciosa plant is a non native that’s getting popular again.  And for good reason.  It’s simply gorgeous and easy to look after. I came across one recently on a site inspection.  Such a beauty and probably worth a lot with its propagation value and sheer size!  It definitely adds to the tropical, lush or jungle feel.  Whichever design intent appeals to you! …

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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 hellebores to put on some new growth which foretells an exciting flowering season on the horizon!  Hellebores are definitely one of the stars of a winter garden when few other plants are in flower. The old fashioned hellebores bloom face down whilst the new varieties are more upright.  …

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Top view of large bromeliad used in Doncaster East landscape design

Coming from the tropics I love colour and a lush green look.  There are many that tick these boxes but I have found Bromeliads to be the most versatile.  They have varied texture from soft to hard/serrated and come on all sort of colours and fun patterns such as spots!  It has been fun learning about them over the years and implementing them in my garden designs.  I found …

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