bush garden

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This low maintenance bush garden was design and constructed by Ocean Road Landscaping.  The design brief was for a natural bush garden to seamlessly blend in with the existing Messmate stringybarks (Eucalyptus obliqua)on site.  This was a tricky planting plan, as the trees suck so much moisture out of the soil although the garden doesn’t show this with the success of the plants. With a large north facing front yard that is set back from the street, this garden allows you to enjoy a slow meander to the front door.  The plants are attractive to butterflies and birds and low on water usage.  This property is situated 500 meters from the Great Otway National Park, so fits well within its environment.

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Three good gardening tips

by Peter Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping

geelong cottage garden

Gardening tips to keep your garden looking great.

It was a great summer. We took our usual break and like most people along the coast, drifted to the beach with the children.  While we were all enjoying an almost unbroken series of great beach days, looking back with Autumn’s hindsight, they came at a price.  Below are three gardening tips sure to help boost some life into your garden.Continue Reading

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landscape garden design- a quiet space

by Peter Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping

A “get-away-place” landscape design is a simple project: all you need is to be tucked away in a quiet corner with something to sit on and maybe some still water.Continue Reading

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Its about garden design

Written by Peter Shaw

One of the things that still surprises me after years of making gardens, is how many people get themselves into trouble. And from what I can gather, most of them have ended up with issues in their garden simply because they did what they were told without thinking and didn’t do a garden design. They show me gardens that don’t suit their needs, don’t suit the location and don’t have future flexibility built in. That’s something I believe every garden design should cover. And it’s so easy to get right if you follow a few simple steps…Continue Reading

Landscape garden

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This landscape garden won the 2014 Landscape Victoria Awards for “Plants In the Landscape”.  With its natural Stingy Bark twisted trees, the design highlights and enhances these beautiful sculptural trees.  The plants are the landscape, attracting wildlife and frogs, with evidence of children climbing and playing in this space.  The use of north facing sun has been harnessed in the court yard close to the house, offering a completely different micro-climate, and protection from the southerly breeze.

This landscape garden was in the Open Gardens Australia for a special twilight event in January 2014 & 2015.  With features such as decking, stonewalls and plantings that are drought hardy and indigenous. Monies raised from these garden openings were donated to the Anglesea CFA.

 Plants in Landscape Award –Landscape Victoria Judge, Bryan Rankin- Lifetime Member said…

“WOW! This is an exceptional garden. The plants in this garden are the landscape. The existing trees have been made features in the overall landscape, and new plantings have been done to compliment and further highlight the existing trees.

The use of native plants in a structured manner has worked really well, and the retention of an undisturbed strip of indigenous vegetation has been sensitively incorporated into the landscape.

It was also great to see that this was a space that was explored and utilised by the whole family.”

 

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Design by Sinatra Murphy and Peter Shaw

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Outdoor kitchen garden landscape Surfcoast

outdoor kitchen paving Geelong SLIDE

This outdoor kitchen garden, uses the stone wall of the outdoor kitchen to create privacy, and protection from the coastal winds.  This garden uses paving, stone walls, timber steps, and garden architectural sculptures.