Tag: Planting Design

Clematis microphylla grows through the branches of a nitrogen-fixing Allocasuarina littoralis on the banks of the Yarra River.
Practice | Alistair Kirkpatrick | 27 Feb 2018

Designing with ecological succession

Ecological succession – where colonizer plant species grow quickly to provide organic matter, shelter and nutrients to their longer-lived neighbours – is rarely employed in planting schemes, but it holds great potential to produce more interesting, dynamic and resilient landscapes.

The designed plantings at Taliesin West are not only drought-tolerant, but largely drought-proof, meaning they can survive on almost no water.
Practice | Michael Wright | 12 Feb 2018

Lessons from dry lands

The desert landscapes of Arizona contain many valuable examples of engaging, species-diverse planting schemes that thrive in extremely dry conditions. With water demand a critical issue throughout Australia, are there cues to be taken from the south-western United States?

The entry courtyard is a mix of shades of grey and green that highlights various foliage textures, with a ground layer of travertine pavers over sandstone river pebbles.
Projects | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 17 Jan 2018

Foliage fervour: Bungalow Garden Rooms

A series of diverse, textural and dynamic “garden rooms” are the result of a close collaboration between architect and landscape architect and celebrate a life lived outdoors.

The green roof of the Prince Alfred Park Pool, by Neeson Murcutt Architects and Sue Barnsley Design, introduced an endemic planting scheme to this Victorian-period park.
Review | David Whitworth | 12 Oct 2017

Do not mow: Planting a subtle argument

The humble native meadow in Sydney’s historic Prince Alfred Park demonstrates that planting design has more to offer than decoration or ecology – it can engage with culture in a powerful way.

The garden at the Owen Architecture-designed Rosalie House in Brisbane, designed by Dan Young Landscape Architect, eschews typical responses such as screening and bordering.
Practice | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 5 Oct 2017

Dan Young and Paul Owen: Rethinking the suburban landscape

Dan Young began his landscape architecture practice with the help of friend and collaborator Paul Owen (Owen Architecture), working on a number of residential projects in Brisbane. Landscape Australia caught up with the duo to talk collaboration, private practice and planting design.

The Terrace Courtyard is intended to be jungly, overgrown and not maintained too strongly.
Review | Anne Latreille | 3 Oct 2017

The Shrine courtyards: Provoking imagination

Planting design for the courtyards at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne subtly evokes Pacific and South-East Asian theatres of service, sacrifice and peacekeeping.

The huge leaves of Wigandia caracasana work tricks with depth of field and scale in the garden.
Projects | Fiona Harrisson | 27 Sep 2017

Charles House: A new bush garden

Featuring eclectic combinations of plant species, this garden in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is an immersive space full of diversity and delight.

Understorey plantings on the southern slopes of Barangaroo Reserve.
Practice | Howard Tanner | 25 Sep 2017

Barangaroo Reserve: Making the grand vision work

The plantings at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve have achieved a phenomenal rate of success, largely thanks to the expertise of two consultants: Simon Leake, respected soil scientist, and Stuart Pittendrigh, one of Sydney’s most experienced horticulturalists.

The Woody Meadow’s structure and character is defined by three layers: base, bump and emergent.
Review | Claire Martin | 13 Sep 2017

Rambunctious research: Planning the life cycle city

The Woody Meadow Project seeks to create urban plantings that are diverse and attractive yet require minimal maintenance.

Burnley Living Roofs by Hassell is a research and demonstration garden at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus.

Fine-tuning the planting design cycle

Green wall and roof garden projects pose many challenges to good planting design outcomes, particularly synergizing design intent and management. How can the processes be improved?

Landscape contractor and designer Michael Bates.
Practice | Michael Bates | 30 Aug 2017

Michael Bates: The education of a gardener

Michael Bates, arguably the most enterprising landscape contractor in the Sydney region, reflects on his education as a gardener in this excerpt from his recent book, The New Australian Garden.

Agapanthus orientalis (agapanthus) once grew happily along this median strip in Melbourne despite extremely hostile growing conditions. It was removed some years ago and replaced with artificial turf.
Practice | Alistair Kirkpatrick | 29 Aug 2017

Questioning the war on weeds in urban streetscapes

Should weeds be embraced in built-up urban environments to provide resilient plantings that can thrive in the toughest conditions?

Jim Fogarty Design’s entry in the 2013 Australian Garden Show Sydney. Jim Fogarty is an Australian landscape architect who is well known for embracing plant diversity in his projects.
Practice | Jennie Curtis | 22 Aug 2017

Planting for the unexpected

Mass plantings of reliable plants give the best chance of a predictable outcome with minimal effort, but is this what we want for our neighbourhoods?

At Golden Rock Inn, Dioon edule, Encephalartos and Cycus spp. are planted above a broad expanse of Spartina bakeri.
Review | Michael Wright | 11 Aug 2017

The Cultivated Wild: Gardens and landscapes by Raymond Jungles

The Cultivated Wild, published by The Monacelli Press, showcases Jungles’ recent projects, revealing remarkable approaches to design thinking with plants.

The May 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia: New Directions in Planting Design.
News | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 1 May 2017

May issue of LAA out now

At a time when there is significant consensus toward achieving greener cities, it’s critical that the benefits of good planting design are made clear and championed.

The May 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia: New Directions in Planting Design.
Archive | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 1 May 2017

May issue of LAA out now

A preview of the May 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.

Orongo Station Conservation Masterplan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
Practice | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 3 Apr 2017

Thomas Woltz: Working with rich terrain

Thomas Woltz spoke with Landscape Australia editor Ricky Ray Ricardo about restoration ecology, planting design and responding to social issues by design.

The Mojave Rock Ranch, just north of Joshua Tree National Park in the USA, is the project of Troy Williams and Gino Dreese, landscape architects and garden builders.
Review | Michael Wright and Catherine Rush | 13 Feb 2017

Mojave Rock Ranch: An arid zone jewel

Michael Wright and Catherine Rush visit a spectacular high-altitude, dry-climate garden in the south-west of the USA.

Salvia spp, Nepeta spp.
Practice | Jane Irwin | 8 Nov 2016

Scented Surprises: Plants for memorable sensory experiences

Beyond simply visual appeal, a more comprehensive and memorable sensory experience is achieved by incorporating scented plants into public and private landscapes.

The Oudolf Field by Piet Oudolf, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, United Kingdom.
Review | Claire Martin | 28 Oct 2016

Hortus conclusus: The Oudolf Field

A horticultural postcard from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an oasis of opportunism in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.

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