The evolution of landscape design and construction
Top trends in landscape design and construction
We all know how trends in the world of fashion come and go. Thankfully, that does not apply to trends for landscape design and construction.
Trends here tend to evolve, a lot like how a gum nut evolves into a fully grown eucalyptus tree that becomes an integral part of the landscape you love. It could be a tree house where you daydreamed as a child, and where your own children now do the same.
Canberra and its surrounds have also evolved in the same way, so the team at Dimension Gardenscape came up with what we feel are the top five trends that will stand the test of time in this wonderful part of Australia.
Australian native plants
Australian native plants are an obvious first choice, especially since Canberra is known as the bush capital. Trees and nature dominate the landscape, which brings an abundance of bird life that creates a very natural atmosphere that also evolves as the seasons change.
Simplicity is the key here, simply because we have so many beautiful native plants. Towering and flowering gum trees can mingle with shrubs such as the grevillea, Protea, Callistemon and Banksias. Ground covers create their own meandering pathways as well.
Natives also have the additional benefit of needing less water or maintenance.
Once you have the native plants, a water feature is a fantastic way to attract native birds that will know to stop by for a drink. A water feature is a refreshing addition to any garden where you can literally go with the flow, from a small bird bath to a waterfall or in-ground water feature.
Dimension Gardenscape works with other local businesses to help you find that special item or we can install something you already have. We have also built relationships with a number of local artists such as Annie Storey, who specialises in forged copper water features and garden sculptures.
If you have the space, you can take the water feature a step further by installing a creek bed. In fact, you don’t need a big block, as a creek bed can be used to divide a garden into separate areas.
A creek bed can lead to a pool. It can be wet or dry, or a combination of both depending on the season. Either way, they are a very distinct way of creating a natural looking garden with a definite focal point.
At Dimension Gardenscape, we specialise in building feature walls for gardens of all sizes. They are appearing more often on apartment balconies or as a focus for smaller, landscaped gardens.
A vertical green wall is a great way to show off a few special plants to make a stunning garden statement. It’s all about letting the plants do the talking, or climbing, or falling as the case may be. We think it’s best to have a relatively plain wall with plants that make the statement.
Succulents are nature’s way of doing more with less. They require little water or maintenance and can be combined to create a beautiful garden with understated colours.
Succulents are perfect for hot, sunny areas, pots or even arranged in a vertical garden. Dozens of varieties are available, making it possible to combine colours, shapes and textures into a stunning garden feature.
So now you have some great ideas to transform your garden, or your next landscaping project. Of course, we provide a qualified horticultural perspective and our friendly team of landscapers provide a one-stop service for your expert landscape design, construction and garden maintenance needs.
Have a look through some of our favourite projects, or talk to us about how we can create a unique piece of garden art. We can show you how good design choices result in better outcomes for lifestyle, efficient construction and ongoing maintenance, as well as cost savings in the long term.