Much of a garden’s appeal lies in its ability to generate a feeling of complete peace and relaxation. For most people, this is one of the most important properties that a garden should possess. What better way to incorporate this than to have a water fountain centerpiece and steady flowing water that’s music to everyone’s ears?
This particular garden created by Fernhill Landscapes is the perfect escape if you just want to take the day off and unwind with the sound of steady flowing water. It was the winner of the 2003 International Landscape Design Gold Award for small residential design of APLD. Situated at the heart of the meditative garden is a beautifully constructed oriental zen-inspired fountain centerpiece with similar trimmings to its attached water works. The fountain carries a steady flow of water into the man-made riverlet. This exquisite award-winning garden can take the soul to a whole new dimension through a different kind of sensory experience, induced by the calming color scheme, balance of garden elements, and of course the stream of flowing water.
Subtle greens and a beautiful balance of textures, heights and shapes provide a perfect contrast to the natural warm and welcoming brown of the wooden water feature. The garden features some interesting plant life that make the entire garden come together. These include bamboo, boxwood, and ornamental grasses. Pebble linings are also placed to add more character to the already handsome garden. Mimicking the zen-inducing designs of the Orient, this garden is truly a perfect marriage of traditional and modern elements.
A garden is not just a means for you to display your prized flowers and plant life. It can also be meant for social gatherings and a chance to talk about your passion with loved ones and family members. And since you want to set a warm and welcoming tone in the venue, it’s never a bad idea to toss in some comfortable pieces of furniture and maybe even a barbecue smoker setting so you get to cook up a good barbeque feast without compromising social interaction.
Gavin McWilliam & Andrew Wilson FSGD’s prized roof garden is quite a treat slap-bang in the middle of the city. Who says you can’t have a beautiful garden on a high-rise rooftop? This particular garden has won big in the recent 2017 Society of Garden Designers awards. The color palette and material of the featured architectural designs and pieces of furniture blend very well with the lush plant life that surrounds the social area. It is wonderfully laid out and polished to perfection with careful attention to detail. It features a simple outdoor cooking feature great for barbecues, beers, and a lot of friends and loved ones to join in on the fun. Taking into account this rooftop garden’s city oasis aesthetic and outdoor cooking functionality, we’re giving it a twothumbs up!
This garden just goes to show that while high-rise rooftops are not the most comfortable venues in the world, if you balance it out with just the right amount of plant life, you’re certainly going to have a nightcap barbecue to remember!
Creating a beautiful garden with not a lot of space can save you a lot in terms of time and effort. On the other hand, it can also be quite challenging considering the variety of plant life and decorative features you would want to incorporate in one. It doesn’t take an expert to know that gardening isn’t just about keeping your plant life healthy–but also, you’d want it to draw attention. You want to make use of different textures and colors that perfectly complement each other, and it’s quite hard to pull this off if you have limited space.
With this in mind, we present Stuart Craine’s Chelsea garden, the winner of Society of Garden Designers 2015 Best Pocket Garden Award. It’s definitely a winner in our book too. This pocket garden is very sophisticated in its own simplicity and makes sense of the saying, “Less is more.” Picture-perfect in every angle, it is blessed with brilliant use of texture and color and enriched with year-round plant life sustained by great natural conditions. The white flowers that grace the wall of wooden slats add a touch of romance to the atmosphere. It is also built with an outdoor centerpiece and a wooden bench, which makes it a great place to get cozy in the late evenings.
A garden is not just a venue for showcasing your green thumb and your passion for the craft. It can also be a sacred space where you’re free to give it a bit of your own personality with the use of different architectural styles and decorative materials. Everyone likes a nice beautiful garden, where you can not only smell the flowers and adore the different plant life, but also recognize the hard work and masterful effort put into its landscaping process.
To set an example, we have the work of award-winning garden landscapist, Ian Barker. His architectural garden, ‘Reflection’, has won the 2016 gold medal award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Almost resembling an art installation, the garden makes use of granite pathways and reflective water works–hence, the name, ‘Reflection’. It also features several key plants of Spring colors, a boathouse and even a wooden rowboat. The perfect splash (pun-intended) of creativity and attention to detail, this garden totally deserves its double page spread feature in one of Australia’s leading gardening publications–a bigger venue for inspiring fellow garden enthusiasts and landscapists. Without a doubt, we’re giving this breath-taking garden our two green thumbs up!