ToorakContemporary Garden, Melbourne

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary garden for fall in Melbourne with a garden path. —  Houzz
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Claudia De Yong Garden Design added this to Can I Have a Lawn-Free Garden That’s Kind to the Environment?18 February 2019

Create drainage Without getting into too much detail here, one of the issues with a paved area is surface water and ensuring there’s adequate drainage. There are a number of permeable grouts and jointing compounds on the market that can be used to make sure the surface water drains correctly. It’s also essential to make sure the paving has an adequate fall, no matter how small the area, in order to alleviate ponding, which inevitably causes problems during heavy rain or icy conditions. Planting between paving not only looks good and retains the green feel of a garden, it can also help with drainage issues, as you’re not sealing the joints between the slabs.

Georgia Madden added this to 8 Hottest Outdoor Design Trends for 201917 October 2018

“Lightweight designs are great for small spaces such as balconies as they won’t take up too much space,” says Smith. Powder-coated stainless steel is also low-maintenance and rust-resistant, making it a great choice if you don’t have the time for much upkeep.

Georgia Madden added this to How Do I... Create a 30-Minute Garden?21 April 2018

Time-saving gardening tipsMowing and edging: Edge first, mow second. This means no time wasted cleaning up edging clippings. Run your mower in mulching mode as this means you won’t have to empty clippings, and it keeps your lawn happier and needing less fertilising and watering.Lawn care: At the very least, feed your lawn in early spring, but ideally in mid-summer and autumn too. A well-fed lawn will look more lush, will keep out weeds and need less maintenance. The average lawn only takes 10 minutes to feed using a hand-spreader. Use a quality slow-release lawn fertiliser (one of my favourites is Scott’s Lawn Builder). Watering: With your garden being cared for by a drip-irrigation system on a computerised timer, the most you’ll need to do is keep an eye on it. Don’t forget to adjust the watering pattern to suit the seasons and the climate. To maximise watering efficiency further, apply a quality soil-wetting product to both lawn and garden at least once a year.

Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden in July21 June 2015

3. Freshen up outdoor furnitureWinter is a good time to refresh your outdoor furniture in good shape for summer. Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements more than your indoor furniture so it pays to do some maintenance at least once a year. Wash down chairs and tables with hot water and soap, oil hinges and check for broken fittings. If you find cracks in painted metal furniture, touch them up to avoid rust. Sand any rusty spots well and repaint. Tip: Check out the winter sales for outdoor furniture, barbecues and other garden accessories.

Kerryn Ramsey added this to 11 Cleaning Tricks for Outdoor Furniture2 March 2015

MetalMetal furniture has a protective finish, making it hardy and long-lasting. It just needs a little TLC to keep it looking like new. The first step is to wash the synthetic top-coat – simply wipe it down with a soapy detergent. Over the years, the coating may have started wearing away, thanks to all those little droppings from magpies and lorikeets. This acid can eat through any of the furniture’s weak spots in the finish. The trick is to wipe it away ASAP – keep the kids on alert for any naughty kookaburra ‘presents’ on the outdoor couch!If the coating has worn away, it’s time for a paint job, topped off with a clear metal varnish.

Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to So Your Garden Style Is: Contemporary26 November 2014

Well furnishedIn contemporary gardens, outdoor furniture is often treated as a sculptural element in its own right. This is partly due to the fact that there is often insufficient space for both art and furniture in smaller gardens, which are now the norm, as well as the increased availability of well designed outdoor furniture these days.MORESo Your Style Is: Contemporary Leafy Greens: 10 Ways to Beautify Your Garden With Foliage12 Easy Ways You Can Have a Front Garden to Be Proud Of7 Common Garden Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Emily Hutchinson added this to Stickybeak of the Week: A Layered Garden to While Away the Hours In28 October 2014

The paving by Rhodes Architectural Stone is made of reclaimed granite from old stone laneways in China and brings a century-old tale to the modern Toorak backyard. “When they’re pulling down villages to make way for cities, some old stone laneways are discarded in favour of new beautifully calibrated and flat pavers,” says Broad. The random shapes and length of the planks add an informality to the otherwise structured space.The recurring stone ground cover between the paving is Thymus serphyllum ‘White Creeping Thyme’ and softens the overall look of this garden retreat.

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Josh Reed added this to Lamartine Outside19 August 2021

grass embedded pavers for a small table chair at top of hill

Fiona Samaradivakara added this to Haddenham House1 June 2021

Striped paving with grass or other cover between e.g. ajuga reptans; for the back garden so we can have table and chairs on the lawn area and also good drainage.

Jorge Garcia added this to Front Pavers22 January 2021

3. Creeping Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus and T. serpyllum)

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