Maintaining a garden

maintaining a garden

Maintaining a garden in the upper Blue Mountains is all about the right irrigation, mulching, composting and plant choice. But that’s just where the maintenance starts. It’s easy to assume that maintaining a garden involves keeping it looking the same all year round. This is impossible. But some people believe that if they go out and water their garden for …

Australian garden design in the Blue Mountains

Australian garden design

Contemporary Australian garden design is less about hard structures and more about how your house and garden are unified. The gardens of the Upper Blue Mountains can be a wonderful showcase for Australian garden design. But to get the best impact for your garden, you have to look at how to unify the garden with the home it surrounds. The …

How to fix an uninspiring garden

uninspiring garden

Do you feel there’s nothing wrong with your garden, but it’s still … dull? Here’s ways to diagnose and fix an uninspiring garden. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”. – Audrey Hepburn An uninspiring garden manages to be both dull and daunting. Dull because it has no character. And daunting because it’s hard to know where to …

Where to start with garden ideas

garden ideas

The principles that inform modern garden ideas are about horticultural elements blending in harmony with nature, and minimising structural elements. There are almost too many options for modern garden ideas nowadays. With so many possibilities, even figuring out where to start takes some guidance. So here’s the best advice we can offer you: start with your house. The architecture of …

Garden maintenance in the mountains

garden maintenance

Proper garden maintenance will not only save you money in the short-term—it will add to the value of your property, and make your garden a nicer place to be. Garden maintenance is important up here in the mountains. We’re surrounded by national park. So the local council is very strict on issues of weed management and noxious weeds. The council …

Building a garden

building a garden

When it comes to building a garden, careful planning and clever logistics will be the difference between an oasis and a backyard that looks like the Somme. Building a garden should be the fast end to a much longer process. It’s probably a six-month process from initial consultation to when the last plant goes in. But boots-on-the-ground itself can be …

When to hire a landscape gardener

If you’re building a new house or renovating, the best time to hire a landscape gardener is before you start the build. The simple reason for this is cost. It was perfectly illustrated for me recently with the tale of two houses we worked on at the same time. We recently finished a big job. It cost the client somewhere …

How a professional approaches landscape design

Landscape design is a lot more than digging holes and building walls. In fact, to be honest the digging holes bit is a lot less interesting than the actual design. There are all sorts of dynamic trends happening in this field. We’re constantly looking at other designers around the world. We study how things are put together and how people …

Summer gardening tips for mountains gardens

My summer gardening tips for Blue Mountains residents is to do as little as possible. It’s too hot, for starters. Planting should wait for the cooler weather in autumn. Mulching should happen at the start of spring. Water availability should be part of the structure of the garden. Your main concern during the warmer months is to establish and take …

Spring gardening tips for mountains gardens

Spring is usually the time for festivals. However, this year, plans have obviously been curtailed. But the lack of festivals doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the good weather. You can still grab the dog or a buddy and explore the neighbourhood. There’s inspiration closer than you think. Pay Mt Tomah Botanical gardens a visit or be a bit more adventurous …