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Tag: Planting Design

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Archive | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 1 May 2017

May issue of LAA out now

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

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.

Review | Catherine Rush and Michael Wright | 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.

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.

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.