Brockhoff Designs

Fiona Brockhoff has become synonymous with environmentally sustainable coastal garden design in southern Australia, and with good reason. Her adventurous use of native plants like clipped casuarina topiary, mixed with exotic succulents and a range of textured grasses gives her gardens a very distinctive flavour. In her own garden and the adjoining neighbour’s garden in windswept coastal southern Victoria, the colours are muted grey, silver and olive green, mixed with innumerable found objects. Continue reading

AILDM Awards gardens

The recent 2013 Landscape Design Awards presented by the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) saw probably the highest standard yet. The Residential Under $50,000 category was hotly contested, so hotly in fact, that the judges awarded 2 equal Best in Category awards, to Steve Warner of Outhouse Design, and Jennie and Chris Curtis of Fresh Landscape Design. Continue reading

Phillip Withers at AGSS

‘Viridis’ was landscape designer Phillip Wither’s show garden at the recent Australian Garden Show Sydney. Viridis was was a small, urban-sized backyard or courtyard where the lush planting contrasted beautifully with cream limestone feature walling from Limestone Australia and the deep chocolate privacy wall cladding from Outdeco. Continue reading

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech has many of the features we’ve come to associate with Moroccan gardens, including that fabulous ‘Majorelle Blue’, a perfect backdrop for lush planting, vivid flowers and refreshing fountains. Built over several decades in the early 20th century, Majorelle should be on everyone’s garden ‘bucket list’. Continue reading

Holly’s garden

Holly and John have a newish home. Like many homes of its sort, the house is sited on the block in such a way that there are odd-shaped and often only small spaces left to garden. How do you make it feel like a real garden? Holly has achieved a remarkable garden in these difficult constraints, maintaining access and planting through the tiniest passageways, and filling her garden courtyards with interesting detail and a wide range of plants. Continue reading


‘Boomerang’ could be one of the most expensive properties in Sydney. Nestled in the billionaire’s enclave of harbourside Elizabeth Bay, it is certainly one of its most significant heritage gardens. Owned by trucking magnate Lindsay Fox since 2005, Boomerang was built in 1926 in Spanish-American style by Sydney music publisher Frank Albert. The Fox family lives there part-time, being based mostly in Victoria. Continue reading

Red Cow Farm garden

Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest NSW is one of those grand Southern Highland gardens that overflow with flowers every spring. But it’s not all roses and perennial cacophony. Red Cow Farm is a garden of spectacular vistas and intimate courtyards, as well as shady avenues and crisp, clipped hedges. Continue reading

Queensland Garden Expo 2013

The Queensland Garden Expo 2013 was its usual colourful self over the weekend, packed with locals looking for great subtropical plants. There were a some new plant releases on view as well as several new garden products. If you didn’t get to go, enjoy this leisurely cyber stroll around the designer landscape gardens and nursery displays. Continue reading