Kelvin GroveTropical Garden, Brisbane
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What are the key elements in a healing garden? Sight: When designing your healing garden, think about how the colours in your flowers and foliage will work together. Look to balance plenty of soft, soothing colours with a few vivid pops of energising brights. Snapdragons are one of my favourite flowers as they come in a variety of bright and gentle colours. Taste: Consider planting citrus trees such as orange, lemon or lime, or vegetables that guests who visit your garden can pick and consume. Touch: When selecting plants, take into account their texture – the more variety in texture, the better. Soft ornamental grasses and ferns are two of my favourites. When choosing stones and paving, opt for smooth pebbles and curved paving over sharp or rigid ones.See more of this garden and read how it was transformed from a featureless backyard to a tropical retreat
18. Going troppo. Brisbane, QueenslandDesigner: Brannelly OutdoorRead about this garden was transformed from bland and featureless to a tropical retreat
2. Paint your paling fences“The rule of thumb here is the darker the better,” says Darin Bradbury, director of MINT Pool + Landscape Design. “The first thing we do on all our projects is paint the boundary fences black or off-black, such as Colorbond Monument. Not only does the dark colour give those vertical surfaces around the garden a uniform finish, but it creates the perfect backdrop for all that green foliage.“Apply two coats of good-quality, outdoor-grade paint,” he says. “Using a sprayer will save you a lot of time. Add a little water to the paint to make it easier to spray and avoid windy days – your neighbour won’t appreciate the spray drift.”Bradbury says this job can be done relatively inexpensively. “You can hire a sprayer from Kennards for around $150 a day,” he says. “Buying 10 litres of good-quality, outdoor-grade paint will set you back around $200. Depending on the length of fences you have to paint, this upgrade will generally cost around $600 to $700 for a couple of days’ work. That’s fantastic bang for your buck.”
Little touches make this garden design stand out, such as planting Liriope under the bench, so the seat appears to float on a sea of greenBriefThe client wanted me to create a low-maintenance garden with a relaxed, retreat feel. He wanted everyone in the family to be able to spend time out here, relax and recharge. What were the client’s must-haves? A mature treeSeatingA lawn.