Designing with ecological succession

Designing with ecological succession

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.
Lessons from dry lands

Lessons from dry lands

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?
Barangaroo Reserve: Making the grand vision work

Barangaroo Reserve: Making the grand vision work

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.
May issue of LAA out now

May issue of LAA out now

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.