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 …

Pavers on a concrete bed.

Concrete for Landscape Design and Construction

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Concrete in Landscape Construction Without a doubt it is one of the most widely used materials in landscape construction.  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 …

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 …

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 …

Kangaroo Paw in the subtropics

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Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’ also known as Pink Kangaroo paw. Native to Western Australia, kangaroo paw are lovers of harsh dry arid conditions. I’m surprised to find how well they perform in the Gold Coast subtropics. Kangaroo paw are notorious for struggling with humidity in Victoria, they tend to turn black, rot and die off during the winter months. These plants …

The Queensland Garden

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It's a beautiful feeling being able to have a morning coffee in a garden you've created. This photo is Queensland Gardening. It was never my preferred style but after individually pruning every single plant in this garden, 4 tons of waste, stump removal, irrigation installation, replanting. I've fallen in love with it. This garden contains ferns from Borneo, palms from …

Bottle Tree Versatility

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@_katanah_ standing by a beautiful Brachychiton rupestris also known as the Queensland bottle tree. The Queensland bottle tree has adapted to handle the harsh arid desert conditions in amazing fashion. The thick bulbous trunk allows the bottle tree to store large amounts of water. This keeps the tree hydrated through drought. The Queensland bottle tree is also deciduous meaning that …

Layering, Garden Design

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One of the most important elements to landscape design is using plants to create different layers. Tiering plants on different layers creates harmony, structure and reduces future maintenance by vertically spreading competition. This design concept was visible to me in this overgrown full shade landscape today. Armed with a pair of falco number 2s, I set out to recreate the …