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“... as much as we are heading back to
nature in the garden, we are also making it
a pleasurable space to which to retreat”
olistic. That’s the mantra for our outdoor areas today. Architecture and gardens are merging to create the one integrated
indoor-outdoor home. Think floor planes continuing into the garden, greenery creeping beautifully into usual no-go areas and
lifestyle elements – pools, dining areas, fire pit zones – being incorporated into the one seamless design. The result? Gardens
have reached the prominence they deserve and are taking us into a new, environment-aware, era of the home.
While hard surfaces have dominated in outdoor trends, it feels there has been a renewed interest in soft landscaping during the past
few years. And it has never been more evident until now. Landscape architects and designers are calling on their own plant knowledge,
or that of horticulturists, to bring in greenery – from the humble lawn, to foliage, flowering plants and trees.
Lawns and groundcovers are emerging as a strong choice for cutting-edge design, with their colour and texture used between paving
and in well-thought-out garden beds for an artistic statement. It breaks up a hard visual and incorporates a living, breathing element
into traditional paved zones, such as outdoor entertaining areas, as well as bringing a designer statement to more common lawned spaces.
Indigenous and dry-tolerant plantings are one of the hottest trends. In line with our increasing nod to sustainable and environmental
design practices, garden designers are experimenting with previously taboo natives (a hangover from the seventies) and, in line with
the path of architecture, designing ‘site specific’ gardens – ones that respect the conditions and climate in which they sit.
However, as much as we are heading back to nature in the garden, we are also making it a pleasurable space to which to retreat. Architects
and landscape professionals are working together to create well-resolved outdoor areas that blend with the rest of the home to create
the one integrated lifestyle ‘home’. A space in which all needs, desires and comforts are accommodated – seamlessly and beautifully.
We hope you enjoy our 2011 Outdoors & Gardens magazine, and best wishes in your future home projects.
Group managing editor
WELCOME editor’s letter
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Our expert WA-specific plant guide, from p100.
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top plants PLANTGUIDE
Anigozanthus ‘Amber Velvet’
CHINESE TALLOW|Sapium sebiferum
ASPECTBestinfullsun, also likes lightshade.
SOILTYPES Most well-drained soils.
GROUND MORNING GLORY|
Banksia media Dwarf form
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“Thepoolhovers over thedeck with an infinity
edge, while a sun deck sits over the pool and extends
into thegarden to integrate the elements”
on the cover
Be inspired by the savvy
international and national
outdoor spaces in our
Design Inspiration pages.
See them all from p47.
designs, from p84.
WHYITWORKS Curvesbring agentle flowto an
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0437 784 163,www.landscapedesignperth.com.au .
DESIGN ELEMENT Large steppers
Designs0403 192775, www.craigematthewsdesigns.com.au .
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