5 Trending Ideas for Backyard Garden Design

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5 Trending Ideas for Backyard Garden Designs in Melbourne Is a backyard reno your New Year’s resolution? Summer brings optimal weather to incorporate the latest ideas in garden landscape design. If you’re looking to sell your property in the coming year, start thinking about landscaping changes now so you can be at the forefront of market trends when you list. Need some ideas? Here’s what’s hot in garden designs in Melbourne right now. Textural Paving The minimalist look of large, clean line pavers is out in 2018 and the textured surface look is in. Homeowners are using smaller, textural paving…

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Best Low Maintenance Ground Covers

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If you’d love to do something with your backyard but hate the thought of getting out the lawnmower every weekend, then here’s a great solution. Selecting ground cover plants for your Melbourne garden can give you a beautiful, low maintenance outdoor space, with no lawn mowing needed. Groundcovers are the ultimate hardy plants for the tough Australian climate. Many are drought resistant and thrive in extreme conditions, so they’re ideal for full sun or shady areas where a lawn might struggle. You’ll enjoy reduced watering with ground covers too, they’re not as thirsty as a lawn, a definite bonus for…

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7 Tips for Choosing the Right Landscape Gardener in Melbourne

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If you’re investing a lot of money into your dream garden, you want to make sure you choose the right landscape gardener in Melbourne for the job. Do your homework and you can avoid budget blowouts, and ensure you get the landscape design and construction expertise you deserve. Follow these tips for choosing the right garden landscape design professional, and you should save yourself a lot of hassle. Check if they do both design and construction Some landscape gardeners specialise only in design, when it comes to building the design you’ll have to go elsewhere for the construction services. A…

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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016

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The Normark team went to the 21st Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, below are our highlights from this year; The Greenery and Vivid Design Winner of 'Best in show' Using dramatic sense of scale, this is a deserved winner with stand out quality execution and attention to detail. Ian Barker Garden Design Gold Medal Softening perennial planting palette we have become accustomed to seeing from the Barker brand. The lake house was the standout out feature of the show for us. Garden Ridge Design Providing an intimate and inviting space, this garden comes into its own in the evening which...
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Ground Covers

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Ground covers are a great way of adding colour to your garden. They can be used in between trees, plants, pavers or as a feature in their own right. Ground cover by definition means the plants grow outwards rather than upwards and can often cover large areas. Some of the benefits of these plants are that they can help protect the soil from erosion, supress weed growth and are low maintenance, making them ideal for a low-maintenance garden. The range is diverse, from evergreen to annual, just make sure you assess the spot you have in mind and choose appropriately....
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Soil Misconceptions

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Our industry association, Landscaping Victoria, held a conference on 'Soil in the Landscape' to help improve our knowledge of how to deal with soil in different situations. For several reasons there has been a misconception built over time where we have been advised to dig out the existing soil without consideration and import new organic soil, when in many cases we are better off using and treating the existing site soil. Senior Soil Scientist at SESL Australia has some tips on the process to undertake in assessing existing site soil and how to treat it correctly. o   Test soil PH...
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Grow your own herbs

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Do you love the taste of fresh herbs but are sick of spending money on herbs you only use once then throw away? Why not have a go at planting your own herb garden? It is great to be able to grow your own fresh herbs and pick them directly from the garden as you need them. The hardest part is deciding which herbs you want. With many to choose from, try and work out which ones you would use most often. Common cooking herbs are; Parsley used in Italian cooking including pasta, salads and sauces Coriander for Mexican and Asian...
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Indoor plants

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Indoor plants are extremely popular right now and no matter what the size your home is, there is always a space or a nook waiting for some greenery. Once you have installed some plants in your home you will be amazed to see what a difference it can make to a room. Benefits to indoor plants are; Adding greenery inside can instantly lift a room. By simply adding a potted plant you can easily add another style element to a room which isn’t too pricey and instantly adds personality to a home. Indoor plants purify the air and filter out...
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