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Outdoor living is an inherent part of life in New Zealand. We love our outdoor spaces and can't live without them. Our love for our gardens inspires creative landscaping solutions.
Kiwis look for many attributes and features in their home gardens - indoor-outdoor flow, al fresco dining spaces, flat lawn areas for children to play, and elevated decks that capture arresting views among them.
With landscape design, we can immediately transform an outdoor area from an unusable waste of space into a sophisticated home extension.
Good garden design balances creativity with the quest to build easy, practical outdoor living spaces. It will focus on hardscaping first before considering planting.
Hardscaping refers to walls, paved areas, and decks, etc. - all the aspects of a garden that give the space its structure; this will be determined by how the household intends to use their garden.
Good garden design will consider how a family lives, how they entertain, whether they value privacy, how to maximise sun and protect from the prevailing wind, etc.
Before you start designing your garden, here are a few factors worth considering.
Essentially, a landscape plan is a floor plan for your garden or outdoor area. It is a visual representation of your site using scaled dimensions.
A landscape plan will include natural elements like flowers, trees, grass, and artificial elements such as lawn furniture, fountains, and sheds. A detailed plan may include various overlays for irrigation and lighting.
A plan helps the designer communicate their vision with the client and acts as a tool to base cost estimates and select materials.
We feel fortunate to have worked with many award-winning garden designers. Their insight and creativity fuel our passion for landscaping. Because of them, we strive for excellence, continue to push boundaries and seek out new and innovative applications in every garden project.
We offer free landscape consultations across the Auckland Region.
Simplicity - elements that do not provide improvement or impact on the design can be omitted. Prioritise what is important to keep the design clean, neat and uncluttered.
Variety - shape, size and form selections should be diverse to create visual interest. However, do not forfeit simplicity merely to create varied combinations.
Balance - everything in a design will carry a certain visual weight with it. Balance is the concept of ensuring the weight feels even throughout the plan. A plan with formal balance will have both sides mirroring each other, while informal balance refers to equal but not matching. Both can work well.
Emphasis - accentuating parts of the design using texture, form or colour will provide interest and lead the eye through the design. However, too much emphasis will feel chaotic. Specimen areas are best standing alone. Accent areas are meant to stand out but within the context of a larger design. Key plants can help to deemphasise or soften architectural features.
Sequence - sequence refers to how transitions in the elements of plant size, shape and texture are used. Gradual changes of one element at a time offer a smooth, appealing sequence. Abrupt changes from a tall plant to a short one or a fine-textured plant to a rough one do not work well.
Scale/Proportion - the size of the components in a landscape is the scale, and how they relate to each other in proportion. The size of your landscape and the items in it should all be balanced. A wall or tree that is significantly larger than everything else will pull the eye away from the rest of the garden.
Unity - unity is the concept that everything works together. Interconnection creates unity by using connections such as paths, walkways, stairs, and fences to physically link areas.