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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stone circle fire pit

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This recently renovated house designed by Robin Boyd Architect now has a landscape to match recently designed and landscaped by Ocean Road Landscaping.  The main feature of this garden is the stone circle fire pit, which acts as a gathering circle for this families social get together’s.  This garden makes use of some of the existing stone walls in the garden, and has been enhanced with hardy plants that will tolerate the harsh salt winds that come of the ocean on the surf coast.

As this garden matures, planting has been selected to snuggle around the stone circle fire pit, to make it private and enchanting.  Plants are maintained to ensure the view of Point Roadknight and Surfcoast are continued.

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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