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They're all very nice, however, I prefer landscaping that is more spaced out with plants not growing so close together. Personal preference of course.

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Margaret Barkley

I looked at our warming climate in Melbourne which is now becoming more like that of Sydney with climate change and thought about the level of maintenance that we could do. We also thought about limiting the overall initial expense and building our gardens in stages. We also thought about the uses our garden would have now and over time. My favourite gardener/garden was Mike McCoy who designed a gravel garden in the country for his first home for himself and his then very young children. McCoy used lots of bright pinks and acid greens in a very natural garden with some miscanthus grasses. We also looked at the colour of our brick home. All these considerations went into our garden which was designed by Stephen Read and featured Mediterranean plants such as lavenders, echiums, rosemary, sage, grapevine, olive and cypress trees and espaliered citrus of various varieties. We also used low water need plants such as euphorbia and succulents. We made spaces for quiet reflection away from the busyness of the house, a terrace under the canopy of a large loquat tree with a bbq, table and chairs and we added a roof on our pergola for alfresco dining, clear cafe blinds and heating and a fan on our patio at the start of covid to give us another ‘room’. The garden has evolved since we first started as the plants filled out the spaces and we have since removed the large echiums, some overgrown euphorbias, the tall miscanthus, one of the olive trees (for pool compliance reasons) and the grapevine (grapes are toxic for dogs) and we have added a climbing bougainvillea that blends with the colour of our brickwork on a warm northern wall at the front of the house and a couple of orange trees and two apples for eating in our side garden. We also added some bright pink salvias to continue the pink and acid green theme in the back gardens. We also continued the acid green and pink theme from the back garden into our renovated kitchen/family room which looks out into and now reflects those colors in the garden. Our current project is to lay a winding flagstone path bordered by plants and the espaliered citrus through our side garden. It’s has been and continues to be a lot of fun.

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Isla Cherry

I'm planning a sort of garden just a few large tree specimens, shrubs and a natural pool. Another item to consider is how much time do you want to spend working in your garden or do you have the budget to employ a garden service? I'm going for simple and easy, house is 2 years old as I do not want to spend my weekends gardening. Cutting the grass is more than enough for me. The second pic is truly gorgeous. Thats my style. I hate weeding too and using anykind of weed killer is not an option.

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