Blog – Perth Landscaping https://perth-landscaping.com.au Garden Proud Thu, 07 Mar 2019 02:42:09 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Choosing the Right Plants for Pool Landscaping https://perth-landscaping.com.au/chlorine-tolerant-plants-for-pool-landscape/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:09:06 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=3371 Adding some plants around your pool area can provide privacy and shade, as well as make the space that much more attractive and inviting. However, not all plants are able to withstand a chlorine or saltwater environment. This guide will give you some ideas of which chlorine tolerant plants for pool landscape to buy, helping you to save money and time and have the best possible plants for your pool environment.

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Adding some plants around your pool area can provide privacy and shade, as well as make the space that much more attractive and inviting. However, not all plants are able to withstand a chlorine or saltwater environment, and some plants also don’t like the harsh micro-climate that the winds, bright sunlight and increased humidity can create.

This guide will give you some ideas on how to choose the best plants for your pool, letting you know some of the most chlorine tolerant plants, along with what to look out for. This will help you save money and time and make sure you have the best plants for around your pool.

Litter Free Plants

Try to avoid plants that shed twigs and leaves all year round, so you don’t spend hours sweeping up your pool area before using it. Silky oaks, Illawarra flame trees and jacarandas shed leaves and flowers through the summer, making it a challenge to use your pool. Some plants that won’t drop too many leaves include flax, cordylines and palm trees.

Avoid Plants with Extensive Roots

Umbrella trees, bamboo, deciduous trees and rubber trees might look good, but their extensive and sprawling roots can cause unseen damage below the ground with your underground pipes, paving and even the pool shell.

Watch For Pollen

Regular maintenance of your pool will make sure that pollen doesn’t cause too much damage to your filtration and cleaning equipment, although it’s impossible to keep all pollen out of the pool. Be sure to regularly clean or replace your baskets, cover your pool while you are away, and attach a fine material such as pantyhose or cheesecloth to your skimmer before cleaning pollen off your pool’s surface.

Pay Attention to New Plants

New plants will need extra care and attention before they are well established, including an initial deepwater planting and during the dryer months, at least twice a month. Plenty of mulch around smaller seedlings and plants will help to protect them from the sun, although you should keep mulch away from the trunk so as to prevent rot. If plants are in direct sun for most of the day, a light shade cloth may be the solution.

Salt Water Swimming Pools

If you have a swimming pool containing salt water, make a point of planting some chlorine tolerant plants in and around your pool area, to ensure they will thrive. Plants that have waxy, furry or silvery leaves are generally ideal if you want plants near your saltwater pool; some good examples of these include cycads, yucca plants, aloe, agaves and bromeliads.

Other plants that don’t mind being splashed by salty water every so often include echiums, pig face, coastal banksia, dianella, agave attenuates, and palms, many of which can be seen in coastal areas.

Chlorinated Swimming Pools

Some plants can withstand being splashed by chlorinated water better than others, although no plant is truly 100 percent suited. Think of plants that have larger and leathery leaves, including golden cane palms, erigeron daisy, cordylines, murrayas and star jasmine.

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The most ideal approach to ensure your pool is both lovely and green and a safe and low-maintenance area, is to check your plant selection with an expert landscape designer.

Let us know you’d like a chat with any of our local and qualified landscape designers to help with your pool plant selection and design.

We can advise and consult on your project, or help you start from scratch – just get in touch! Our team at Perth Landscaping would love to help with your pool plan!

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Blog Feature – Showcasing Small Garden Design Ideas https://perth-landscaping.com.au/small-garden-design/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 02:40:44 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=3059 Small gardens and courtyards in Perth are becoming increasingly popular due to urban infill. With clever design a small garden space can be a beautiful and functional retreat.

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Recently our Perth Landscaping team had the opportunity to showcase our small garden design ideas at a garden show here in Perth. Our landscape design for small gardens showcases how effective design can make the most of your small space.

As Perth’s population grows, urban infill is increasing. This means more townhouses and units which means smaller backyards and courtyards. A great small garden design can help ensure you create a place you’ll love – no matter how small your outdoor area.

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Functional Small Gardens

Just because it’s a small space, it doesn’t have to be a plain and boring space. With some clever design, you can make your small backyard area both beautiful and functional for your Perth home.

Below are some images from our Perth garden show “Freo” design – continue to the end of this blog for more images. Designed for a small backyard, we included an edible garden, plenty of lush foliage for shade, and a planter box with a seat for easy gardening and providing a great place to relax. As you can see from the images, the combination of recycled pallet planter boxes and rich green foliage created a stunning garden,  with privacy, functionality and a clear garden style. Perfect for your Fremantle home!

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Enquire About Our Garden Design Services

Want help with your small garden design for your Perth home? Contact us today. We can assist with both the initial design and the landscaping of your garden for a complete, professional small garden design.

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More Images of Our ‘Freo’ Small Garden Design

Below are some more images of our small garden design at the Perth Garden Show. We hope you find it an inspiration for your own garden.

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To enquire about our landscaping services, contact us today.

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Perth Landscaping Design & Install – Client Backyard Makeover https://perth-landscaping.com.au/perth-landscaping-backyard-improvement-case-study/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:36 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=1290 Perth Landscaping Design & Installation Showcase  Client Backyard Makeover – Paul & Diane – Perth Emma approached us a couple of months before Christmas last year, wanting to offer a landscape makeover as a gift to her parents. See how we took their landscape from sand pit to gorgeous green oasis… The backyard had been…

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 Client Backyard Makeover – Paul & Diane – Perth

Emma approached us a couple of months before Christmas last year, wanting to offer a landscape makeover as a gift to her parents.

See how we took their landscape from sand pit to gorgeous green oasis…

The backyard had been set for development, but due to a budget restriction was abandoned and left in a sad state. For poor Dianne and Paul, it was an eyesore! The lounge, kitchen and balcony were all facing this ugly weed forest/sand pit.

Their goal? To create a lovely, grassy area for the kids to play in, conceal the corner with the old super-six fence and shed, and make the garden something they could enjoy and be proud of!

So this is what we were working with…

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Garden Features:

We decided to use a soft leaf Buffalo Grass, the Palmetto, for it’s softness and easy care – perfect for little feet!

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This was underlaid with a drip-line irrigation system by our Perth Irrigation team for easy plant and lawn care.

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We used posts with rust-colored stainless steel and strung wires between them for the passionfruit trees to use as a climbing frame and hide the old shed.

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The borders of the lawn were defined using corten steel edges in order to create an organic design to the garden.  

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The use of native plants will keep this garden low maintenance and eventually conceal all the fences to create a ‘hidden oasis’ feel.

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The completed design.

True to what they needed, this low-maintenance garden has totally transformed the view from every window and created a safe space for children to play, as well as being a welcome retreat for the adults!

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Paul + Diane were so happy with our work that they enlisted us for the ongoing maintenance of their beautiful new garden as well. 

Perth Gardening is now making sure that all those plants are healthy and looking their best year-round – it is such a pleasure to be able to see our creation slowly take form and shape.

Hear from Diane as she shares how pleased she is with her Christmas gift of a landscape design!

If you to would like to transform your backyard into a lovely living area get in touch now or find out more about our services

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Perth Landscaping Design – Perth City Garden Makeover https://perth-landscaping.com.au/perth-landscaping-design-marcus/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:51:30 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=1277 Perth Landscaping Design & Installation Client case study – Marcus – Backyard Re-design At Perth Landscaping we love creating gardens you can be proud of – and that is exactly what we achieved for Marcus; a client with a very unimaginative and poorly-installed design who wanted a tailor-made, stunning outdoor area to integrate with his…

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Client case study – Marcus – Backyard Re-design

At Perth Landscaping we love creating gardens you can be proud of – and that is exactly what we achieved for Marcus; a client with a very unimaginative and poorly-installed design who wanted a tailor-made, stunning outdoor area to integrate with his lifestyle and tastes.

Find out how we helped Marcus transform his ‘developer’s garden’ into an amazing space where he can be truly Garden Proud!


Marcus approached us last year with a simple problem, his courtyard wasn’t attractive. He described it as a ‘developers landscape’; basic, as-cheap-as-possible and just designed to be sold quickly. The courtyard had cheap, synthetic grass, a poor selection of plants and a leaking irrigation system.

You can see from these before photos that it was made to just ‘do the job’, not to be attractive and appealing in it’s own right.

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Marcus wanted a place to relax, where he can enjoy a glass of wine with friends and impress his guests with his taste and style.

After consulting with Marcus, we decided to create a low maintenance and easy-care landscape; creating the look and feel he was after by using native plants, corten steel made-to-measure garden beds and a lighting plan which provides ambience for those after-work drinks.

The process wasn’t easy as these new developments in the city have very narrow access. Our team had to navigate through the garage and laundry to access the back courtyard with all materials and tools. We removed a few cubic meters of sterile soil and waste and brought in a rich soil mix through the tiniest access. As our classic wheel barrow would only just fit through the doors we had to go and buy the smallest wheel barrow we could find.

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We created a low maintenance garden using mostly native and careful low-care plant selection. The use of a thick layer of mulch helps prevent weed growth and installation of a drip irrigation system combines to make an almost maintenance-free garden.

This small space has truly turned into a beautiful yet functional garden, and we have carefully used design elements to help the area feel warm and ambient but not cluttered. So even if you have a small space to work with, a thoughtfully planned landscape design will always help you get the most from your outdoors.

Garden Features:

Made-to-measure corten steel garden beds planted with a magnificent cycad, a frangipani tree and variety of succulents for depth and colour.

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A leaf sculpture wall feature, enhanced at night by the use of spot lighting.Landscape design - garden feature

The northern wall has been mounted with stainless steel wires crossed over in diamond shapes, which will be used as a climbing frame by the Trachelospermum jasmnoide (Chinese Star Jasmine).Stainless steel wires

The final design is stylish, welcoming, complements his lifestyle needs, and is now the perfect place for Marcus to host guests on the weekend, or enjoy a peaceful evening with his family.

And topped off with a little Thank You gift from us – a stunning (and low-maintenance) succulent bowl.

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We are very pleased with how it turned out – but don’t just listen to us, here is what Marcus has to say…

    

If you too are wanting to transform your property and create a stunning landscape find out more about our landscape services or get in touch

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Creative Landscape Design Ideas https://perth-landscaping.com.au/tips-for-ornamental-landscaping/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:07:40 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=672 When many people think of landscape gardening they immediately think of digging, dirt, and mess. But one aspect of any beautiful garden involves landscaping – and those extra touches that make it stand out. Landscaping goes beyond pragmatic elements of gardening, such as growing vegetables, to focus more on the decorative desire of having a…

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When many people think of landscape gardening they immediately think of digging, dirt, and mess. But one aspect of any beautiful garden involves landscaping – and those extra touches that make it stand out.

Landscaping goes beyond pragmatic elements of gardening, such as growing vegetables, to focus more on the decorative desire of having a beautiful garden.

Many people can be unsure of how to approach landscaping. That’s why we have created this blog to share some of our landscaping ideas to help you get started.

Choose your plants with a year-round approach

The harsh reality of gardening is that some of the most beautiful plants and flowers are only in season for a few months every year.

That doesn’t mean that you should avoid them entirely, it just means that your whole garden shouldn’t be reliant on them as it will leave you with a dull garden for the vast majority of the year. Tree choice is just as important, if you’ve planted something which sheds just when you are wanting the shade, or you’ve planed trees as a screen but they are bare half the year, then you will not be satisfied with your garden.

One element of ornamental landscaping is building key parts of your garden with year-round, all-weather friendly plants to have a consistently beautiful garden year round. Read more here for how to plan a winter-friendly garden in Perth.

Install an outdoor seating area

Nothing can be more relaxing than sitting outside on a lovely summers day. It’s perfect for barbecues, get-togethers or just some quality you time!gazebo garden design Perth landscaping

Some landscaping projects will call for the installation of a patio to improve the aesthetics of your garden. You can use outdoor furniture, pot plants, screens or lighting to add a decorative touch to your outdoors, and really make the patio a feature in your garden.

A gazebo is also a fabulous romantic addition to a garden, and while you can make it a focal point in your creative design, it is also a very functional way to create year-round covered seating in your garden.

Sometimes less is more

A common mistake people make when it comes to landscaping is overfilling and overcrowding their gardens with features and fixtures.

It’s easy to get carried away in the buzz of a project only to realise afterwards that you went a little overboard.

One of the aspects of a beautiful garden is leaving enough space to enjoy it and make the feature pop. By tackling an ornamental landscaping project step by step you can take breaks in between to observe and see how much will be enough for your garden.

Why not make a list of some ideas you have and then prioritise them by preference and install them in that order?

That way you won’t overcrowd your space but will still have the gorgeous features you really care about.

Make full use of a walkway

Let’s say there is a feature in your garden that you love. It could be a seating area, or a water feature, even a favourite flowerbed.gravel and mulch paved landscape design

By creating a walkway, you can highlight and draw out areas of interest in your garden and make them appear more welcoming. It also provides safe access year-round even when wet and muddy.

Why not try planting on either side of the walkway to create a beautiful and grand walk up to your home? Or adding solar lights along the path for a magical and welcoming touch at night-time?

Walkways can also add colour by using stones and gravel or create a break between brightly coloured plants by paving in a single, plain colour.

Creative Landscaping Services for Perth Gardens

Here at Perth Landscaping, we are proud to deliver professional services and high-quality results to our clients.

We take all jobs from paving and planting to ornamental landscaping and design – and we are full of creative landscaping ideas!

If you are in Perth and need help bringing your landscaping ideas to life, contact us today.

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3 Ways to Give Your Garden Design Form and Function https://perth-landscaping.com.au/3-ways-to-give-your-garden-design-form-and-function/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:07:39 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=666 With the sun beginning to stretch its rays longer and longer throughout the day, you might begin to think about spending more time outdoors. More specifically, garden design crosses your mind. Maybe you’re finally finding time to get started on that garden you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you’re looking to change it up. Regardless…

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With the sun beginning to stretch its rays longer and longer throughout the day, you might begin to think about spending more time outdoors.

More specifically, garden design crosses your mind.

Maybe you’re finally finding time to get started on that garden you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you’re looking to change it up.

Regardless of where you’re at in the gardening phase, here are some top ways to get the most out of your garden.

1. Use Variety in your Garden Design

There are many elements you can focus on to really make your landscape shine as an oasis while reflecting your personality and style.

Consider the following elements:

Colours

Bright, vibrant, and maybe even a little whimsical, colours evoke draw the eye and arouse emotion. The colours you choose can add to your theme, like bright strong colours in a tropical themed design, or create a calming space like using blues and greens to rest the eyes. Read our blog on using colours in a garden design for more.

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Using various shapes of plants can function as a method of dividing space. Differing plant shapes can also invoke creative architectural stimulation. Instead of always straight lines in your garden beds, use curves to draw the eye to certain focal points in your garden design. Cotten steel edging is a great way to create shape and seperate areas of your garden such as the lawns from the beds. When designing, don’t be afraid to experiment with drawing the same features; walkway, paving, lawns and beds, multiple times in different shapes to find the one that works best in your space.

Texture

Mingling textures of plants will make you stop and appreciate the effect they bring to the landscape design. Texture arouses emotion – you can’t help but want to touch each one and feel the difference. Creating layered effects within your garden beds or hedging adds interest to your design and allows you to plant for every season so you always have something flowering or green year-round.

Contrast

Combining colours, shapes, and texture provides you with contrast. Contrast works to show off the differences of each plant and keep your design interesting. Depending on your theme, you can use plants, trees and even features in your design like sculptures and gravel or mulches, to add colour and interest to every area of your garden.

A garden is a reflection of you, after all.

2. Make your garden work for yo

One of the most common ways you can make your garden work for you is by planting fruits and vegetables.

Rather than taking yet another trip to the supermarket to buy these food essentials, you can experience the payoff of growing your own.

There’s nothing quite like taking a bite of a crisp tomato grown right at home, or adding just-picked herbs to your meal.herb garden perth landscape design

What’s more, you can put your garden to work in other ways as well.

How?

By creating a relaxing haven that you can sneak off to when you just need some peace and quiet from a hectic day.

Studies show that there is an overall positive correlation with gardening and health. For example, gardening helps with:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • physical body
  • life satisfaction
  • quality of life

So how can you get your serene gardening on? Try adding:

  • a water feature – there’s nothing like the calming sound of running water
  • wind-chimes
  • spiritual figures or fluid sculptures

3. Understand Your Landscape

While you consider what plants, colours, and shapes, make it a goal to understand your space. This means looking at:

  • the size of your yard
  • where the sun primarily shines
  • where the shade is
  • how big you want your garden to be
  • the soil type and location of your area

With these aspects in mind, you will be better equipped to create a thoughtful design from your space.

Maybe you’ll want artificial lights lining a pathway to safely walk at night to your shed . Perhaps your flowers won’t grow in the place you had in mind because of light and shade. Maybe the tree you want to plant will grow too large for your section.

There are lots of aspects and questions to think about when it comes to a design. Read here for what to consider before a garden design.

Need help?

If you need any help in creating the perfect garden design, give our expert landscape gardeners a call or email us. We’ll be happy to help you every step of the way!

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How to Find the Best Landscape Gardeners in Perth https://perth-landscaping.com.au/how-to-find-the-best-landscape-gardeners-in-perth/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:07:36 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=669 When it comes to your garden, you want to make the most of the space you have and get it looking its best. Unfortunately, due to a lack of time or a green thumb, many people can’t nurture it to that level… That’s where landscape gardeners come in. A landscape gardener is a professional who can…

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When it comes to your garden, you want to make the most of the space you have and get it looking its best.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of time or a green thumb, many people can’t nurture it to that level… That’s where landscape gardeners come in.

A landscape gardener is a professional who can work towards fulfilling all of your garden needs and goals. But if you have never hired a gardener or have had a bad experience it can be hard to know where to find one.

We know we do a good job, but we have many clients who go through a few companies before they get to us because they haven’t done their research properly.

That’s why we have created this short guide on how to find the best landscape gardeners in Perth so that you can find the perfect fit for your garden.

Let’s get to it!

Decide what services you need from your landscape gardeners

First things first, you need to know what it is you want with your garden in the big picture; is it just a clean-up or total makeover? Will you need regular maintenance or take care of it yourself?

We recommend sitting down with a piece of paper and writing down all of your current gardening needs and future plans. Whether it’s a new patio, plant work or a decision to switch to artificial grass to cut back the garden workload, try to get into as much detail as possible.landscaper working in Perth garden design

Once you figure out what it is you want, you can more effectively find the right people for the job.

Read our blog on what to expect before a garden design to see the kinds of questions a landscape designer will ask you to consider before starting a project.

If you want on-going services, can your landscape designer recommend a trusted professional you can work with in future, or continue with the maintenance themselves?

Set a budget

When you know what you want it’s wise to determine how much you can spend on your gardening project.

Not only will this help you match someone to your price point but will also put you in a strong position to negotiate.

Ask around

Start to ask friends, family, and neighbours if they have used any landscape gardeners they would recommend. A personal recommendation is a powerful tool as it’s a first-hand, trustworthy source of information.landscapers consult garden design install

The reality is, people, don’t recommend services or companies they have had a bad experience with.

Check online as well; does this company have good Google or Facebook reviews – or even better, both? Call multiple companies

By calling local gardening services you will get a better idea of what the company is like.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • Where do you do most of your business?
  • Can you tell me of any repeating customers you have?
  • What is your insurance policy?
  • Do you offer any guarantees on your work?
  • Do you have qualified landscape gardeners – not just labour?
These are good questions to gauge a company’s reliability.
Another important practice is to check out their online presence.
It’s so easy to throw up a website nowadays you have to weed out the good from the bad, here are some things to check;
Do they have…
  • A current Facebook page with photos of their work and reply quickly to contact?
  • Good reviews on Google?
  • Their own or just stock photos on their website?
  • Run a blog which shows they know what they are talking about?
  • Does their About Page show the owner, employees, and credentials/awards?

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  • By hiring in the winter you may be able to get a better deal as business is usually lower in this season.
  • Once you get a good gardener, keep them! Be courteous, offer snacks and have a chat.
  • Request the same worker each visit: this will ensure that you can build a loyal relationship with the gardener and also means that they will be aware of the specific needs your garden has.
  • Pay to regularly  maintain your garden: you may actually save money in the long run as they can catch minor issues before they become a major problem

Find landscape gardeners online

Here at Perth Landscaping, we take pride in delivering professional services and high-quality results to both commercial and residential clients.

We take all jobs from simple to complex landscaping work. Some of our services include paving, gravelling, decking, plants, artificial grass, sheds, and patios.

If you are in need of landscape gardeners to maintain your yard in Perth please do not hesitate to contact out maintenance branch Perth Gardening.

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Which Plants are Best Around Pools in a Landscape Design? https://perth-landscaping.com.au/which-plants-are-best-around-pools-in-a-landscape-design/ Fri, 26 May 2017 00:07:03 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=457 Pool Plant Design A pool is a must-have in Perth – it’s hard to get through those 40+ degree days without one! If you are looking to have a pool installed or wanting to create a gorgeous design for your existing pool that includes a lot of foliage, it’s important to have a good idea…

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Pool Plant Design

A pool is a must-have in Perth – it’s hard to get through those 40+ degree days without one! If you are looking to have a pool installed or wanting to create a gorgeous design for your existing pool that includes a lot of foliage, it’s important to have a good idea of what plants will look great without causing issues in the future. Most people would think to get a garden design before beginning to landscape their outdoors – but it’s just as important to have a good pool plant design before adding a bunch of plants to your pool area!

For example, some trees have very determined root growth, such as bamboo, umbrella trees and rubber trees, which can cause serious damage to your retaining walls or pool itself, while plants which attract bees and drop masses of leaves when it’s warm and you want to be swimming in clean and safe water, are probably not the best choices in close proximity to your pool.

IMPORTANT – Consider these before beginning to choose plants for your design…

  • Do you have or plan to use limestone retaining walls in your pool design? This can make soils alkaline so make sure to choose plants which can cope with a high pH soil.
  • Is your pool saltwater or chlorinated? If your pool is used as a bombing and playing area, not just causal dips to cool off, you will want to look for plants that are ok with being splashed (or drenched) with either salty or chlorinated water. A good tip; look for plants with silver, furry or waxy leaves – these are usually pretty happy to be near saltwater.
  • Are you planting near a fence/wall? Fences heat up which then heats the soil so, combined with the reflection of the sun off the pool, your plants are in for a tough time. Choose hardy plants like our sturdy native Australian types that are used to hot and dry conditions, or make sure you feed and water the plants in your pool area a bit more than the others in your garden.

Where to start?

When designing your pool area, start with the larger shrubs/trees and choose where you want shade – maybe at one end of the pool so you always have the choice between sun and shade? Stay away from plants like the stunning Jacaranda which, sadly, have fine foliage, flowers, seed, pods, bark and twigs… the bane of any pool-owner’s existence. Remember – you will be cleaning that pool so choose plants that won’t make your life harder!

Note: although deciduous plants would seem to be on the ‘naughty list’ for a pool plant design, they tend to shed during winter in Perth. They do however hang on to their leaves in summer, so are worth considering if you love them and want to include them in your garden design.

Larger trees and shrubs that work well around pools are…

(these are also all limestone-tolerant)

  • Hakea laurina or also known as Kodjet, Pincushion Hakea – can reach 5 meters in height.

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    White-flowering Dogwood Tree
  • Hakea petiolaris or the sea-urchin Hakea – can grow 2-9m high.
  • Leptospermum sericeum or Silver Teatree – can grow up to 1.5m, makes an excellent hedge.
  • Banksia integrifolia or Coast Banksia – can grow 5m or higher depending on location
  • Dodonea viscosa purpurea or Purple Hopbush. Can grow up to 5m tall
  • Adenanthos sericeus or Woolly Bush – cand grow 3-5m tall.
  • Acacia saligna or coojong, golden wreath wattle, orange wattle, blue-leafed wattle and Western Australian golden wattle – depending on the sub-species chosen they can grow from 2-8m tall.
  • Acacia coriacea or river jam, wirewood, desert oak, wiry wattle or dogwood
  • Grevillea longistyla – can grow up to 3 – 4m high and 2 – 3m wide.

 

Privacy – create a natural screen

Nobody wants to have their relaxing swim interrupted by the prying eyes of a neighbour or see a nice plumber shot of the guy working next door when quietly sipping a drink by the pool. This is where a good hedge, or a green-screen (as we like to call it), comes in to prevent these unfortunate events from intruding on your little oasis.

Decide how high you need the hedge to be based on the pool design, often 1 – 2m will do quite nicely, and what kind of look you are after, formal and well sculpted or more natural.

Shrubs for creating your ‘green-screen’ include… swimming-pool-privacy-hedge-garden-Perth

  • Ozothamnus diosmifolius or Radiance/Rice Flower – produces flowers almost year-round so avoid planting right next to the pool and increasing clean-up duty!
  • Hibbertia cuneiformis or cut-leaf Hibbertia – WA native.
  • Westringia brevifolia orLilac and Lace‘ / Coastal Rosemary – native and evergreen.
  • Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ – native, grows dense and bushy.
  • Eremophila or ‘Wild Berry‘ – native, also flowers year-round.
  • Grevillea rosmarinifolia or Spider Flower – native, dense and bushy evergreen foliage.
  • Banksia media or the Golden Stalk Banksia – native, grows in all soils – including sand.

Select plants to include in your design that are evergreen and flower in summer, making sure that your design looks good when you need it (swimming season!), as well as staying an asset to your landscape year-round.

The best way to make sure your pool is both a beautiful green haven and a safe and low-maintenance area, is to check with a professional landscape designer. They won’t just take looks into account, but will know what is best for your area based on soil, location, climate, and the myriad of other details that can’t be condensed into one blog post!

If you would like one of our landscape designers to help with your pool plant design, please get in touch – we can both design and install and would love to assist with your pool design!

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4 Landscaping Ideas For Your Garden https://perth-landscaping.com.au/4-extra-touches-to-take-your-landscaping-to-the-next-level/ Mon, 22 May 2017 00:17:00 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=663 Landscape design is an art. As such, your outdoor space will be an expression of your personality and your style. Your backyard is an extension of your home. It is no different than your living room, kitchen, or bedroom in that you want to your landscape to have as much character and style as the rest…

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Landscape design is an art.

As such, your outdoor space will be an expression of your personality and your style.

Your backyard is an extension of your home. It is no different than your living room, kitchen, or bedroom in that you want to your landscape to have as much character and style as the rest of your house.

It should come as no surprise that there are many style options to choose from when it comes to creating custom landscaping.
For that extra little something to really accentuate your landscaping, have a look at some of our tips below…

1. Light Up Your Custom Landscaping with Fairy Lights

The night sky is a majestic, awe-inspiring blanket that covers the land when the sun rests for the day. Wouldn’t it be great to create an enchanting display right in your own home?

Lights create a sense of magic and add an intimate, romantic atmosphere to any landscape; twinkling fairy lights, strings of rustic lightbulbs, mason jars full of lights or tea candles …

Take your outdoors to the next level with the creative inclusion of lights within your design.

2. Entertain with Fire

No, not fire breathers or baton twirlers. Consider adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard. Both are excellent additions.

A fire pit can serve two functions:fire pit backyard Perth

  • Operating as an open fire for you and your loved ones to gather around
  • Cooking food

Cooking food might give the fire pit an edge if you like to entertain friends and family at home.

There are many choices to choose from, including a fire pit built into a table. Selecting the best one might be difficult but go with your personal tastes and the overall style and theme of your garden.

A fireplace is another great option, though you typically don’t get the added bonus of cooking with one.

If you’re just looking for something to sit around and soak up the warmth, this would be a great addition to unwind with.

3. Add a Gazebo or Pergola

Maybe your ideal outdoor space involves hard landscaping. After all, what’s a fireplace without a cosy pergola or gazebo?paved gazebo in Perth

A pergola will add a characteristic flair to your custom landscaping design by creating rustic charm. You may even look to incorporate vines depending on the style you choose.

A gazebo can add either rustic or elegant charm. It serves a similar purpose as a pergola but typically comes with short walls and a floor.

Ultimately, it will come down to taste and what sort of style and feeling you’re looking to evoke with your landscape design.

4. Touch of charm

If you are looking for tranquil charm, the popular choice is to utilise features that look antiquated and simple, such as:

  • A wheelbarrow (wooden or metallic) filled with flowers
  • A trickling pond for that calming atmosphere the sound of water brings
  • A wooden bench flowing with the natural shapes of the wood and blending into your landscape
  • An abundance of plants – green or colorful

Using wooden materials will be a strong point in creating a rustic garden design, along with plants galore. Mix with fairy lights and you’ll be transported to an entirely new world.

Need help with your garden design?

These are merely ideas to help get the creativity flowing in making the most of your landscape design. If you need any help, contact one of our expert garden designers and we will be happy to help you create the garden of your dreams!

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Choosing the Right Trees for your Landscape Design https://perth-landscaping.com.au/choosing-the-right-tree-for-your-landscape-design/ Fri, 19 May 2017 04:06:25 +0000 https://perth-landscaping.com.au/?p=517 Why would this be so important when it comes to planning and selecting plants for your landscape design? Because tree selection can’t be from a purely aesthetic standpoint. Trees have many pros, but also some cons which would be considered. Of course, you should choose one you will love and which suits the design, but…

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Why would this be so important when it comes to planning and selecting plants for your landscape design? Because tree selection can’t be from a purely aesthetic standpoint. Trees have many pros, but also some cons which would be considered.

Of course, you should choose one you will love and which suits the design, but you also need to understand the long-term effects and nature of the tree – they can have a large impact on many areas of your design and garden.

Consult the questions below and our list of possible hazards before making your selection…

  1. What is the size of your garden area, and how much space are you willing to have the tree occupy?

A large tree offers shade, can be used as a focal point for your design, keeps the garden & house cool in summer, provides entertainment for the kids and creates healthy air for you to enjoy in your garden. But consider how large it can grow before planting; if it grows too much and you aren’t prepared, removing it can be an expensive and problematic procedure, and a huge loss to the environment.

  1. Function or feature? palm tree garden walkway Perth design

Are you looking to use trees for a functional purpose such as; screening from neighbours or street, shade and protection from the elements, to attract birdlife into your garden, for fruit, etc. Or maybe as a feature in your garden design, like a focal point, maybe for its colour or shape, for its fragrance, or to create a break or private area in your space.

  1. Do you use your garden year-round?

All nature follows a cycle, and not taking that into account can create havoc with your design. For example, deciduous trees provide fabulous shade in summer, but lose all their leaves and are bare in winter. This can be great for letting in and making the most of the winter light, but if you used them as a screen within your design, suddenly you are exposed for months to prying eyes and lose your privacy. Not to mention dealing with a lot of leaves clean-up come autumn! Evergreens on the other hand shed lightly throughout the year and stay green during winter – but you can lose a lot of light because of that reason.

However, both have many great features which can be used to your advantage if carefully chosen and planned from the beginning.

Possible Hazards from poor tree selection/placement.

 

  • Problems from falling leaves/flowers/fruits

If the wrong tree is put in proximity to gutters, entertaining areas, or features like pools or waterfalls, then in autumn you could be facing fun problems like blocked drains, pools to clean, and guests wading through soggy, rotting leaves. Many trees look stunning but aren’t great in garden designs for people who want a clean, low-maintenance yard. Avoid trees like Jacarandas, Eucalyptus or trees with pine needles and cones.

Trees like Marri and Jarrah attract noisy cockatoos who will also shred and eat the tree quite happily, causing mess, damage and commotion. Often it is a matter of placement, so you can include a stunning Jacaranda tree in your design – just think carefully before you plant it!

  • Damage from root systems tree root systems damage Perth

Some trees have strong and wide-spread root systems that can affect pools, paving, roads, drains, and underground systems. We’ve all seen that friend’s backyard where their prized tree has broken and cracked the paving, damaged their reticulation, or lifted up a wall – and just with its roots! Trees from the Ficus and Tipuana families, and many of the large Eucalyptus can cause problems with their root systems.

If you plant on your verge or are in the middle of developing, and more than one-third of the root system gets damaged by road-works or construction, it might not be able to recover and then you are left dealing with a potential hazard.

  • Proximity to neighbours

Overhanging trees can cause damage to fences and boundaries or, worst-case scenario, cause disputes between you and your neighbour that develop into a legal and financial problem. This can be avoided by regular pruning, careful planning and tree selection.

 

Pruning – is it necessary?

 

It’s a common mistake to assume that trees ‘need’ pruning. Apart from commercial fruit trees, they really don’t. Unless it is a safety issue of potential falling branches, impact on property or due to damage, you can leave your tree to grow as large as it wants – and it will be happier and healthier that way!

How can a landscape designer help?

 

A good designer should have an extensive plant knowledge and, if you live in Perth, know all about our native trees and what works best in the Western Australian climate.

A designer will be able to assess your garden and know which trees will give you the result you are looking for, while making sure your design is as safe and carefully planned as possible to prevent problems in the long-run.

They can also look at your existing trees and how/if you can incorporate them into your design. An experienced and creative landscape designer should be able to work a tree into your design – removing a healthy and fully-grown tree should be a last resort!

Remember; Tree selection is for the long-term, you are planning for the future. It is too common nowadays to simply remove perfectly good trees to make way for planting new ones that might seem to be the better option for a design. In Perth there are very few trees over 100 years-old – imagine if yours was the next to last that long!

Don’t let something as small as a poorly-chosen tree get in the way of your dream garden design – give us a call and our expert landscapers will help you out.

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