Category Archives: Backyard Garden Design

Transform Your Small Backyard into an Outdoor Oasis

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Small backyards are often undervalued. They seem too small to use for anything important and gradually become a rundown place to exercise dogs or store surplus stuff. We have encountered many backyards like this in our years of landscaping. If your backyard is in bad shape, we want to tell you that it can be transformed into an outdoor oasis – a place to entertain, relax and LIVE. Here are some ways that you can modify your small backyard into a useful, attractive and inviting extension of your home. Enclose it for privacy For generations, backyards were left open to…

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9 Steps to Make a Small Backyard Useful and Attractive

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Small backyards are a challenge, but not impossible to landscape. In fact with the following 9 steps, you can make the limited space in your backyard useful and attractive. Step 1: Consider your needs Every family has their own lifestyle and unique needs. Some families need an outdoor area to relax and enjoy the breeze or to entertain guests at a barbecue. Other families require space for their pets or a place for children to play. What are your specific needs? Step 2:  Divide your backyard into zones that meet your needs Next consider the shape, size and layout of…

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Backyard Garden Designs and Ideas

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Backyard garden designs and ideas often seem to feature an enormous amount of space with endless possibilities. If your Melbourne backyard is closer to the size of a postage stamp, what you really need are very small back garden ideas that fit your space and your landscaping budget. Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards You’ll never get lost in your small backyard, but working with a very small area often limits how many backyard garden designs and ideas you can incorporate. Ask yourself what you want out of your backyard: a living area, an edible garden or flower garden, a water…

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Simple Landscape Ideas for Small Backyard – Landscaping Your Backyard

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Landscaping Your Backyard The front yard is for impressing your neighbors, but landscaping your backyard is all about you. Even when you’re working with a small backyard area, you can create a space that acts as a private retreat for you to relax with friends and family. Landscape design pictures and inspiration often seem to involve huge areas, but working with a small backyard requires a focus on functional and simple landscapes with maximum effect. Small Backyard Landscape Ideas The perfect backyard for you is unique depending on the total area available, any slopes or uneven ground, the availability of…

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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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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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Climbers

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At Normark we like our gardens to have a consistent pallet around the perimeter. This can be achieved in numerous ways but a cost effective and high impact solution can be installing a climber frame. It would be priority to paint all boundary fences with a dark colour exterior paint so that the green of the plants are exaggerated when growing up the mesh frame. We like to use the one plant type for the perimeter to provide an elegant backdrop for the garden.
Climbing frames can either be a steel weld mesh, timber lattice or stainless steel yachting wires. Material used will depend on the end result desired.
Have a look at some of these climbers, they look so much nicer than a plain fence.

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