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Flower Bed Ideas

Winter is the perfect time to start looking for flower bed ideas. Big or small, it's time to start to conceptualise, create and construct. These flower bed ideas will help you get started. There are many different shapes and styles of flower beds, paths, borders, and lawn areas, and these should fit with the surrounding

Planning A Garden

Planning a garden is an exciting and satisfying thing to do. Winter is the perfect time to plan your garden. It's time to put pen to paper and get planning! When planning a garden you have an opportunity to harmonise the exterior and interior style and colours of your home with a selected garden theme.

Creating a Subtropical Flower Garden

A subtropical flower garden will be lush, and textured. These subtropical flower garden ideas will blend with your home, and add to the indoor/outdoor flow. Native plants in the subtropical flower garden are generally drought resistant. As well as lush, the subtropical flower garden can be fragrant, and, importantly, be low maintenance. The creation of a

Gold Coast High-Rise Gardens

The popularity of Gold Coast high-rise gardens is increasing. With these green additions, there is the potential to change our cityscapes. The creation of Gold Coast high-rise gardens for roof tops or balconies will need advice on regulations. There are two types of roof top gardens – roof landscaped, or container gardens, both of which need

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