Practice | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Featuring eclectic combinations of plant species, this garden in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is an immersive space full of diversity and delight.
Practice | 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 | The Woody Meadow Project seeks to create urban plantings that are diverse and attractive yet require minimal maintenance.
Practice | 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, 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 | Should weeds be embraced in built-up urban environments to provide resilient plantings that can thrive in the toughest conditions?
Practice | 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 | The Cultivated Wild, published by The Monacelli Press, showcases Jungles’ recent projects, revealing remarkable approaches to design thinking with plants.
News | 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 | A preview of the May 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.
Practice | Thomas Woltz spoke with Landscape Australia editor Ricky Ray Ricardo about restoration ecology, planting design and responding to social issues by design.
Review | Michael Wright and Catherine Rush visit a spectacular high-altitude, dry-climate garden in the south-west of the USA.
Practice | Beyond simply visual appeal, a more comprehensive and memorable sensory experience is achieved by incorporating scented plants into public and private landscapes.
Review | A horticultural postcard from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an oasis of opportunism in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.