Garden design is an art as well as a science. Some gardeners claim it is the highest form of art because plants change with the seasons and the years, so the designer is working in four dimensions! Also, every area of Australia has unique climate, soil, geography, and plant and animal life, offering both possibilities and challenges in garden design.
Yet, beneath the surface of this art are a set of principles. Getting to grips with these principles helps unravel the intricacies of garden design to assist you create your dream garden. These garden design principles apply to all gardens, including native gardens
This section delves into these principles, exploring concepts such as scale and proportion, symmetry and harmony, masses and voids, line, shape, and form, and focal points.
Design principles stories
Focal points in garden design
Focal points are vital elements in garden design. They are just as useful, even when the landscape is quite stark, such as in the Queensland outback! Here is an outline…View story
Focal points in native gardens
Using focal points in native gardens adds interest, just as it has in any garden through the ages. Emerging vision for our native gardens On our gardening pilgrimage towards our…View story
Stunning native rooftop garden
Imagine a rooftop garden full of stunning native plants, blowing in the breeze – it’s magic! Commitment to sustainability Back in 2019, the Mirvac team, Didi Stigter and Victoria Stiles,…View story
Using containers to trial plants in a beachside garden
In this small beachside garden, the owners are using containers to trial the suitability of plants before putting them in the garden. Designing a small bayside Melbourne garden In February…View story
Adventures with vines
Here’s a story about my adventures with vines. I’ve been on a mission to find the best vine for arbour shade. The journey so far… Introduction to my adventures An…View story