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Tips for garden design


Tips for garden design

As a landscape designer, one of the most common complaints I hear about native plants is that they are too messy, weedy-looking, unstructured and unkempt to be used in a designed landscape. While there are plenty of native plant gardens that unfortunately live up to that reputation, it’s simple to incorporate native plants into any garden to increase it wildlife value while also adding to its overall beauty. There are appropriate native plants for …

Landscaping. Garden Design


Landscaping. Garden Design

On my first visit to this project the area to be landscaped was a sharp slope down to a 1M high retaining wall and 1.2M gap to house. The slope faced into windows on a beautiful old Georgian house which was full of weeds and in need of some professional landscaping. There were steps to the right as you faced the house leading down to the ground floor door. All the steps were in disrepair including the retaining wall and the lower area in need of some …

Waterwise Garden Design


Waterwise Garden Design

Introduction Selecting the right plants is essential in designing a landscape that promotes water conservation. Learn how to select plants for a water-wise garden or landscape with WaterWise Gardening: Choosing The Right Plants online course, which includes practical exercises, multimedia and interactive games. This self-paced course takes 10 to 12 hours to complete, and you ll have six months from date of first login to complete course. WaterWise …

Container Gardening Designs


Container Gardening Designs

(Image by Eserro) I think of my container gardens as an extension of my garden, not just an alternative for limited space (although containers are wonderful in tiny spaces too). I have a backyard and a designated vegetable garden, yet I still rely on my container gardens—mainly because my full-sun patio allows me to grow all sorts of veggies and flowers I can’t grow anywhere else in my yard. Since my vegetable garden only has a half-day of sun, I’m …

Indoor Gardening Design


Indoor Gardening Design

Whimsical fairy gardens are not limited to summertime gardens, but can easily be brought indoors and even given a winter theme. Young and old find fairy gardens enchanting and charming, and having a small garden to tend during the cold months is more fun when it has a bit of whimsy. Let imagination run free to create a tiny garden that can be tucked into any corner. With just a few supplies, creativity and time, it is possible to have a fairy garden …

Raised Herb Garden Design


Raised Herb Garden Design

I am a notorious multi-tasker, constantly juggling as many activities as I can manage. However, recent studies have shown that multi-tasking is not the most effective way to get things done so I ve been trying to be more focused. It s a lot harder than I imagined! Although I ve been cutting back on my multi-tasking, it s a characteristic that I still admire in a plant. This is why I love herbs so much. They are the ultimate double duty plants, beautiful …

Zen Garden Landscape Design


Zen Garden Landscape Design

The winners Group 3 with the Abbot and Ida Breed Landscape design students at the Department of Architecture of the University of Pretoria (UP) were tasked with redesigning the gardens at Chan Lin, Nan Hua Temple’s Zen garden. The project was integrated into their curricula and a basic guideline was supplied by their lecturer, Ida Breed. The designs and ideas for the redesigning of the Zen garden to Venerable Masters Hui Fang, Abbot of Nan Hua Temple …

Japanese garden landscape design


Japanese garden landscape design

Thomas studied Japanese Garden Art and construction as part of his course in college. He later travelled to Japan along with Dr Paul Cusack , National Botanic Gardens in the mid nineties. Lately Thomas attended an intensive & practice orientated course on garden art and garden construction in Japan in February 2010. Our experience in Japanese Landscape & Garden Design means we offer a progressive style and look in Japanese style garden …