Category: Formal gardens

  • The Bronze Highlights of Gymnostoma australianum

    The Bronze Highlights of Gymnostoma australianum

    This almost Christmas like tree is part of the Casuarina family, at first glance can look like a conifer or pine tree, but fuller in habit. Its overall texture and colour is very similar to She Oaks when they are flowering, which is probably why this specimen caught me eye. The male and female flowers…

  • Merry NSW Christmas Bush: Ceratopetalum gummiferum

    Merry NSW Christmas Bush: Ceratopetalum gummiferum

    I am a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas and often one of the things which pulls me our of my un-festive slump is our Ceratopetalum gummiferum or native Christmas Bush. This year I was a little late, as many have finished thier show by the time Christmas actually arrives. However, I…

  • Portfolio: Haberfield Landscape Design

    Portfolio: Haberfield Landscape Design

    The brief for this front garden in Sydney’s inner west was to create a modern native garden which is sympathetic to the era of the house and show cases an Art Deco water feature passed down through the family. The front garden now addresses and interacts with the street and also provides a sense of…

  • To clip or not to clip …

    To clip or not to clip …

    Sometimes I find native gardens lack a little….structure. Its lovely to have a bush style garden with lots of flowing foliage and a naturalistic feel, however I am a big fan of breaking that up with some stronger forms which can often brighten up the planting and give an extra eye catching edge. In the…

  • Trialling Banksia ‘Sentinel’

    Trialling Banksia ‘Sentinel’

    This is a favourite coastal hedging plant of mine which I have been including in my planting designs for the past 7 years or so….sorry, I’m finding it difficult to keep track of time ūüėČ I say it is on trial or has been on trial for a while as it does have a couple…

  • A unique feature: Baeckea virgata Dwarf

    A unique feature: Baeckea virgata Dwarf

    I spotted this delightful front garden in Crows Nest a few weeks ago, I loved it for its simplicity, it shows off one of my favourite low mounding plants Baeckea virgata Dwarf perfectly! Baeckea has had a few names changes in recent years, including Babbingtonia and now¬†Sannantha, however there is no other plant quite like…

  • One My Favourite Grafted Grevillea Standards: Grevillea ‘Green Glow’

    One My Favourite Grafted Grevillea Standards: Grevillea ‘Green Glow’

    This post is about one of my favourite grafted grevillea standards, I actually have 2 or 3 favourites and unfortunately they are all a little hard to come by however all worth trying to find a place for in your native garden. Well actually in any garden as I think the semi formal appearance of…

  • The ‘New’ formal Native Garden

    The ‘New’ formal Native Garden

    When most people think of a formal garden the first images that spring to mind are rows of neatly clipped Buxus borders with some Robinia topiary and maybe a screening Camellia hedge. These are some of the easiest plants to use if you are copying the European template for creating a formal style garden, they…

  • The spot flowering habits of Hymenosporum ‘Luscious’

    The spot flowering habits of Hymenosporum ‘Luscious’

    It’s no secret that this is one of my all time favourite small shrubs, I love it for it ability to grow in dry shade and still look green and succulent, I love it for its wonderful shape, sometimes lumpy sometimes perfectly mounded and I love the fact that it flowers when and if it…

  • Portfolio: Garden Design Centennial Park Update

    Portfolio: Garden Design Centennial Park Update

    Last week I went on a mission to visit as many of my garden design projects as possible, to collect photos and catch up. I love re-visiting these gardens especially when I am doing a little garden maintenance at the same time.¬†This garden in Centennial Park required a well needed shape and prune. The growth…

  • Importing soil to your new native garden

    Importing soil to your new native garden

    This image is of a new garden design project for a home that is currently being constructed, and I have been asked to come in early! This doesn’t happen that often, usually I don’t get to site until the house has been built, but there are many benefits of being engaged this early in the…

  • Illawarra native garden full of fresh ideas!

    Illawarra native garden full of fresh ideas!

    I visited the native garden of a passionate native plant lover last week to grab some inspiring photos and ideas; and the garden did not disapoint. This is the 4 th native garden for the owner and she began building it about 8 years ago after moving from a large property in the Snowy Mountains.…

  • Sandstone Plinth Bird Bath

    Sandstone Plinth Bird Bath

    This is the 2nd style of my plinth bird bath series, a half sawn and half picked sandstone pedestal. I am very excited about this base, it is solid sandstone ¬†220mm x 250mm x 750mm and in perfect visual balance with the spun copper dish. This bird bath can be¬†purchased over here. If you are…

  • Dodonaea Hedges

    Dodonaea Hedges

    Dodonaea is a very useful shrub, it grows in heavy to dappled shade and also in full sun, it is a fast growing species that prunes and clips well and it is thick and therefore provides excellent privacy. Dodonaea viscosa purpurea is seen above with its striking red foliage, the leaves turn this colour when…

  • My Favourite Banksia spinulosa Dwarfs

    My Favourite Banksia spinulosa Dwarfs

    There are many dwarf forms of Banksia spinulosa, so many it can be quite confusing and seem a little ridiculous when it comes to choosing one. There are slight variances in the foliage, the flower colour, the flower size and in the size and shape of the shrub itself. For most people these difference would…

  • Trialling Casuarina ‘Green Wave’

    Trialling Casuarina ‘Green Wave’

    I love Casuarinas, all of them, from ground covers through to trees, their rusty red hue when they are in flower or lush green shaggy habit. They are tough, versatile and very varied in their shapes and forms. ¬†I discovered Casuarina glauca ‘Green Wave’ a couple of years ago, there wasn’t much information out about…

  • Portfolio: Centennial Park Garden Design

    Portfolio: Centennial Park Garden Design

      Thankyou so much for my garden, I really enjoy pottering around everyday and watching things slowly change, there is always something happening! This is a garden that has been totally transformed in the space of 12 months, the owner wanted a formal native garden in keeping with her home and the suburb where she…

  • Exotic looking native: Rhododendron lochiae

    Exotic looking native: Rhododendron lochiae

    There are several native plants that I like to use when either designing a planting that already has some exotic species established or when trying to convince people that not all native plants are straggly, open and dry looking. This is one of them¬†Rhododendron lochiae, isn’t it beautiful? It has dark glossy green leaves and…

  • Myoporum Lawn: Myoporum parvifolium

    Myoporum Lawn: Myoporum parvifolium

    I dislike lawn, not the idea of it but the maintenance aspect; mowing and edging, weeding and watering, fertilising and aerating, all this for a bit of green open space. I do like the idea of ‘green open space’¬†where you can lay down in the sun or do cartwheels or set up a trampoline or…

  • Bush Food Spheres: Citriobatus pauciflorus

    Bush Food Spheres: Citriobatus pauciflorus

    I was quite taken when I saw these well clipped Orange Thorn a few weeks back in the edible section at Mount Anan Botanic Gardens, this section of the garden is kept quite manicured, bringing out the ornamental potential of all of the local Bush Food plants. And lets face it, I am a sucker…

  • Portfolio: Crows Nest Garden Design

    Portfolio: Crows Nest Garden Design

    This garden in Crows Nest was designed at the beginning of last year and has been slowly and steadily taking shape. It is being lovingly built by the owner on weekends and through his careful attention and patience it will be a great success. However, unfinished as it is I couldn’t resist posting a few…

  • Wonderful Street Trees: Backhousia citriodora

    Wonderful Street Trees: Backhousia citriodora

    I was driving through Huntershill and onto Ryde yesterday and I was overjoyed to see the most wonderful sight, rows upon rows of Lemon Myrtle in full bloom, planted out in the streets. Finally! a council using its head when it comes to street trees! I know it is not the only one, I have…

  • CAD and a clean slate

    CAD and a clean slate

    This is a very large garden that is an ongoing project at the moment, yesterday was the first plant out day. I would say about 85% of the plants went in yesterday and today, Phew! it was a beautiful day for it too. The main site is on a large slope with a winding pathway…

  • Amazing nature strip garden with real street address!

    Amazing nature strip garden with real street address!

    Last week I went to a garden consult and this is what I encountered across the road from my destination, as I rounded the corner I nearly had an accident checking out these spectacular Xanthorrhoea! They have been planted all around this property and as it is on a corner block make a great impact,…