karrinyup courtyardsContemporary Garden, Perth
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How big does my backyard need to be?You can make a Balinese garden work in a small or large backyard. It can also do wonders for a sloped backyard as the styling works perfectly in gardens with level changes. Retain sloping land with decorative concrete retainer blocks and provide steps to different levels through these walls. Decorate with feature greenery and complete the look with pebbles or smooth stones.
How to recognise healthy soilIt will usually be a rick, dark brown colour. When you touch it, it will feel rich, earthy and moist.It will include a high level of organic matter.You’ll find that it’s easy to dig (sandy soil can be easy to dig too, but often doesn’t contain a lot of organic matter and therefore doesn’t hold water or nutrients so well).
1. Aim to include the five elementsThis principle is one of the most important in feng shui. The five elements are based on those qualities that make up everything in the world: earth, metal, water, wood and fire. You must have all of them in balance for good feng shui in a garden. All five elements relate to different compass sectors in the garden. Note how timber decking, stone, water and lush planting are all balanced beautifully in this Karrinyup courtyard garden. BEGINNER’S TIP: Here, the designer has also balanced the use of spiky leaved sago cycads (Cycas revoluta), not considered auspicious plants in feng shui, with the rounder leaves of frangipani (Plumeria spp.) and other shrubs.
4. Selecting the wrong rocks as ground coverRocks as a ground cover can be a beautiful and striking feature, but there are few things to remember. During the day when they are in full sun, rocks can get hot and radiate quite a lot of heat (especially in summer), causing plants and the soil to dry out quickly. Larger rocks can also stop plants from growing and expanding. When you choose what sort of rock you are going to use and where you’ll put it, ensure it suits the plants and their growth requirements. Also, because rocks prevent organic matter from easily returning to the soil, you may need to fertilise your plants to ensure good health.
7. Vary ground surfacesThe use of timber boardwalks, slate paving and different-size rocks adds excitement to the journey along the side of this Perth house. The subtropical planting of a scented frangipani and cycads strengthens its exotic appeal.