Japanese Garden with raked gravel and Chokushi-Mon

Japanese Garden Design. Zen and the art of Garden Maintenance.

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Japanese Garden Design The design of the Japanese garden evokes the feeling of peace and tranquillity. These gardens are not only beautiful, but they are practical too. The gravel allows rain to seep into soil and nearby plant roots thereby saving you water.To get the full impact of the colour contrast of the Japanese Garden, you probably need to be in …

Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa

Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens Benowa

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Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens If you are looking for garden ideas or landscape design ideas, then a great place to visit is your local botanical gardens. In most of these  you can see exotic ,native and indigenous plants and get some ideas on how to plan your own landscape. On the Gold Coast we have the Gold Coast Regional …

A well maintained lawn

Lawn care on the Gold Coast

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It is often a dream of home owners to have a beautiful patch of bright green lawn in their backyard. Many people will be have been watching the cricket and admiring the beautiful condition of the outfield turf covering the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Some people are a little less enthusiastic about the wicket. With the Commonwealth games beginning in April …

A beneficial insect on a Flower.

The benefit of Insects in the Garden.

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It was alarming to read recently of the decline in populations of flying insects in Europe. Studies in Germany alone has seen a reduction 76% since 1989 in nature reserves. The reasons for the die off are thought to be manifold. Although the exact cause of the die off is not known, amongst the theories are an increase in the …

Melaleucas as screening plants.

Melaleuca in the Gold Coast Garden

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The Melaleuca or Paperbark The melaleuca is a genus of flowering evergreen Australian native shrubs and trees. It is a member of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. They generally prefer well drained friable soil and full sun. The smaller varieties have been known as honey myrtles, tee trees, ( including tea trees or ti trees) or bottlebrush. The Larger species are …

Pavers on a concrete bed.

Concrete for Landscape Design and Construction

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Concrete in Landscape Construction In landscape construction one of the most commonly used materials is concrete. From sleeper retaining walls to pavers to post reinforcements to it has a wide range of uses. In this blog we will discuss some of the different types and its uses of in landscape design. To properly decide on which mix to use, it …

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 …