Garden design checklist

Featured in Geelong and Surf Coast Living- Spring 2015 edition.  Written by Peter Shaw

So you’re about to launch into the pleasurable business of designing your garden.  Putting together a garden design checklist, you’ve probably got a scrap-book full of ideas – bits and pieces gathered over time that might (or might not) become a reality. What follows is just as important to add into the design process for the simple reason that it keeps things real. It’s easy to be distracted by something in a glossy magazine or spotted online. The trick to making a great garden – one that works and feels right – is to incorporate the glossy ideas over a solid foundation of honest practicality.  Here is a garden design checklist…Continue Reading

Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2014

Last Thursday 17 July 2014 at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, Ocean Road Landscaping was announced a winner at the annual awards.

We are thrilled with our win, and would like to thank all involved for their support.  A special thanks to all our customers and our team for your positive feedback and continued support of our small business.  The award was for the category -Human Resources.

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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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Beach landscape

Description

This superb beach landscape is a large seaside garden using a good mix of indigenous plants abutting the sand dunes in Ocean Grove.  This garden was an environmentally sensitive project, with the removal of many weeds that had choked the garden prior to construction, almost bringing it back to a clean slate.  A sweeping lawn and hundreds of indigenous and native plants have been planted on this site, that has direct access to Ocean Grove beach.

Clipped hedges have been formed around the pool, and are also at the bottom of the garden to lead you through he beach landscape on a journey to the beach. Use of recycled materials, permeable surfaces and irrigation systems along with low maintenance plantings make for a sustainable garden.

This garden was Finalist at the Landscape Victoria Awards as a sustainable garden.

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Design by Sinatra Murphy

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Our team of 15 Landscape Architects, Landscape professionals and Horticulturists, can assist you when it comes to your beach landscape to deliver a premium product.

If you would like a garden designed or need a landscape contractor to implement your garden then contact our office on 03 5263 3133 or use our Contact Us page

Fire pit garden

Description

This garden shows use of curves and drought hardy plantings for a garden that is low maintenance.  Some of the photos for this fire pit garden are during construction, which show the curves and stonework to its best advantage.  After planting, the details in the fire pit garden are more about taking a walk in the garden and enjoying it around every turn

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Design Peter Shaw

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Our team of 15 Landscape Architects, Landscape professionals and Horticulturists, can assist you when it comes to your fire pit garden to deliver a premium product.

If you would like a garden designed or need a landscape contractor to implement your garden then contact our office on 03 5263 3133 or use our Contact Us page