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Bold Ideas For Your Subtropical Autumn Garden

The Autumn Garden can create bold landscapes. With summer’s heat passed it's time to get your hands dirty. In the sub-tropics, this season is the time of maximum natural growth. Proximity to the equator dictates which plants will thrive in your autumn garden. The sub-tropical climate zone has one of the largest range of plants and most

Modern Garden Design

Modern garden design focuses on texture and strong geometry. Textures are reflected in hardscape and planting with modern garden design. Simple, sleek materials and bold plantings also have a large role to play. A modern garden design is organised around outdoor rooms, and the provision of textures that blend with the boundary lines of the scenery beyond. Neutral tones

Growing a Cottage Garden on the Gold Coast

A cottage garden brings memories of ‘olde English‘ gardens. The design of a cottage garden is small and compact, brimming with flowers. Even in sub-tropical areas, a cottage garden can be created with careful plant selection. The success of your cottage garden will depend on your plant selection, and your understanding of the prevailing conditions and microclimate of

Pool Landscaping

Pool landscaping is a welcome improvement to any garden. Create a resort style, tropical theme and turn your pool into an oasis. Landscaping around the pool will also create add a luxurious feel. There are a number of regulations for pool fencing that are required by Queensland law, you can find information on this here or

How To Brainstorm A Garden Layout

A garden layout needs to consider different uses of areas. Begin by showing an indoor-outdoor flow with the use of a deck or patio. Different types of gardens and linking paths should also be included in the garden. When considering your garden layout in our sub-tropical climate, identify areas of sun and shade throughout the day,

Tropical Landscape Design

A tropical landscape will be lush, bright and bold. Tropical gardens are influenced by trends from different continents, from the tropical islands to the rainforest. Successful tropical landscapes will be a blend of both colours and textures. A warm, humid climate is the basic condition for a tropical landscape. The resort style tropical landscape will depend

Contemporary Garden Design

Contemporary Garden Design embraces ‘the sleek’ look. You can enhance your patio, making it an extension of your home, with a contemporary garden design. Contemporary garden design should be friendly, inviting and personalised. The indoor – outdoor flow in contemporary garden design shows a minimalist use of elements, (plants, pots, paving) with essential lighting, which is

Backyard Ideas To Revive Your Garden

Everyone wants a great backyard. With these backyard ideas you can create a garden to be proud of. Your backyard should be the place where you can entertain, as well as the place that all the family can relax, whether that is just sitting, or perhaps tending the garden. Many people have great backyard ideas,

Japanese Garden Design

A Japanese garden design aims to bring peace and tranquillity. This Japanese garden celebrates the natural environment. Essential elements of a Japanese garden design are stones, water, and plants. There are three different styles of Japanese garden design, all of which aim to recreate the natural scenery. The variations in these styles comes from the

An Australian Christmas Garden

Christmas Day will be in the garden, and it looks a treat. The Christmas garden is the place where we will all meet. The patio’s decorated, the barbecue's on, and we can’t wait to eat! For the population living on the Gold Coast, the temperature on 25 December 2016 will be between 19 and 27