Pet friendly garden design

Pet friendly Garden Design with couch lawn and potted plants.

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Lawn Selection A patch of lawn, even if it a small patch, will provide recreational space for children and pets in your backyard. In this garden design, a stepped brush fence creates a screen for the colorbond garden shed. If you have a lot of brush fence, consider breaking it up with some vertical gardens. Having a shed in the …

Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez (White)'

Screening Plants for Garden Privacy

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In today’s blog we will look at garden design for privacy using screening plants. We will show you some options for improving privacy with fast growing screening plants or mature sized moderately growing plants. This garden design featured courtyard paving with sandstone pavers running very close to the fence. For improved privacy a fence extension was added. The screening plant …

Green Couch

Mermaid Beach Nature strip with Oz Tuff “Oz-E-Green” couch grass turf lawn.

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On Our recent turf laying project in Mermaid Beach, we chose Oz-E-Green Oz Tuff couch grass. (Cynodon dactylon) “Oz-E-Green”. This is a variety of Bermuda or green couch that was developed in Queensland to be hard wearing, salt tolerant and drought tolerant. An added bonus is that it requires mowing less often due to limited inflorescence production. This means that …

Banksia Robur Gold Coast

Banksia Robur as a screening plant in a planter box.

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For our recent Gold Coast poolside planter-box project in Broadbeach, our choice of screening plant was the BANKSIA ROBUR or swamp banksia. This banksia was chosen because it is an attractive and hardy plant, suitable for both low hedges and pots. Growing to a little over 2 metres, the flower spikes appear usually in autumn and winter initially as bluish …

Outdoor Pool Shower

The Outdoor Pool Shower as a Landscape Design idea.

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If you are living one of the Gold Coast seaside suburbs like Mermaid Beach, Palm Beach or Miami, an outdoor pool shower is a great idea for your Gold Coast Garden Design. The outdoor pictured features matching pool tiling, copper pipe and brass shower head. Outdoor pool showers are very practical solution especially in a climate like the Gold Coast …

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Living Christmas Trees

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If you have had enough of pine needles in your house or in your car, or if you find it difficult to dispose of the tree after Christmas, consider using a living Christmas tree. Amongst the Australian Native choices for a living Christmas Trees is Banksia Nutans or nodding banksia. As it is suitable for growing in pots, tubs or …

Lomandra Seascape

Lomandra Seascape

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With its beautiful blue grey foliage and elegant weeping habit, it is no wonder that Australian native grasses like the Lomandra Seascape is so popular. What might be surprising, is to see it growing in the Belgium city of Bruges. The Lomandra is both drought tolerant and frost tolerant. It is evergreen in most situations and almost indestructible. The toughness …

Sweet Smother Grass

Shade tolerant grass “Sweet Smother Grass” Dactyloctenium australe

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“Sweet Smother Grass” Dactyloctenium australe. Shade tolerant grass for Gold Coast Garden Design. If you are looking for a variety of grass for shady areas, consider the “Sweet Smother Grass” also known as Durban grass or Berea. It is a medium coarse textured creeping grass, but easier to keep under control than kikuyu. Ideal for the low maintenance garden. This …

United Nations World Soil Day

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The 5th of December was the United Nations “World Soil Day”. This is an important time to remember the importance of soil, not just in gardening, but in life itself. The soil is an indispensable ingredient for the life of humans, animals and ,of course, plants. The soil supplies nutrients and raw materials, storage and filtered water. The soil can …

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Wildlife in the Garden

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Wildlife In The Garden Australian cities are rapidly expanding into greenfields areas to accommodate our way of life, however, this is threatening the habitats of Australia’s wildlife. In order to sustain healthy populations of native wildlife, we need to adapt our methods of gardening in urban environments. While the average suburban backyard is not likely to become a sanctuary for …