I have had a busy start to the week. Dropped into a lovely art deco apartment in Kooyong this morning for an early morning consulation. It was a very small space, a 2x3 metre balcony, south facing. A nice view across the street but lot's of traffic and people to wave to! Client needs to … Continue reading Monday morning at Small Spaces
Even a small garden needs a tree. My favourite tree for a small garden has to be the Crepe Myrtle. It is so versatile, dry tolerant when established, and it tolerates the heat. You can see it all over Melbourne in flower at the moment, from the hot pink of original form of Lagerstroemia 'Tuscarora', … Continue reading A small garden needs a tree
Bluestone in Coburg may be reminiscent of the old Pentridge but this time it's the front garden path for a native garden we have recently built in Coburg. More to come on this garden later.
I've been out in my garden picking flowers for my valentine and this is what I found. We have Salvia's, Liriopes, Crepe Myrtles and a delightful smelling Philadelphus (mock orange), all in flower in Coburg over the summer.
Making the most of a small space with raised planters can be tricky. Building raised garden beds can sometimes take up lots of valuable space and may appear too chunky for the space. Opposite to this is using lots of pots, which may or may not work. Pots are great but sometimes you want a … Continue reading Planters in small spaces
Birch trees have the most beautiful bark.You can create a mini forrest with Birches by doing the classic Edna Walling method of throwing a bunch of potatoes and planting a Birch wherever your spuds land. What a view. Only problem is, nothing grows under an established Birch. Case 1 - I once had a client … Continue reading What to plant under a Birch tree?
Here is a garden in Ascot Valewe have been working on over the last 18 months or so. We were originally called in to design this garden by Ingrid Hornung who is part of the team at http://chibuildingdesign.com.au/ The client had just had quite a large tree taken out and had called in Ingrid to design … Continue reading Ascot Vale Garden
Corymbia ficifolia is the ideal tree for a small native garden. While we were out and about over a lovely relaxed January, I was reminded of the spectacular colour of Corymbia ficifolia. Corymbia's are very closely related to Eucalypts and there are several dwarf cultivars to choose from. These trees provide spectacular colour over summer … Continue reading A small tree for a small garden
This courtyard have been transformed from boring old gravel and step stones to a wonderful native garden, full of wild flowers. We first came upon this courtyard a couple of years ago. It was a classic new townhouse with lots of gravel and step stones, minimal landscaping. The developers actually did our client a favour … Continue reading a little bit of native garden sunshine
Is this colour in the garden? Maybe it's not jumping out and shouting but I do love the subtle colour contrast in this garden. It's a little piece of the tropics in Coburg.