stone gathering circle

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This low maintenance garden was design and constructed by Ocean Road Landscaping, with a design brief for a stone gathering circle, where the family could invite entertain friends and family.  It is tucked away in the privacy of the back yard with a colour pallet of the plants have been used in bands for a dramatic effect.  The plants are attractive to butterflies and birds and low on water usage.  As this house in in a high bush fire zone, planting was carefully positioned with this in mind.

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Garden design checklist

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…

Garden design checklist

  1. How much money do you want to spend? It’s worth facing the Big Question up front because everything hangs off the answer. As a rule of thumb, between seven and ten percent of the property value is a reasonable amount to spend on a whole garden construction: this amount needs to cover both the hard landscaping (paths, desks, pergolas etc) and the soft (the plants).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

Beach landscape

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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

Beach Landscape

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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