Display Garden Design (contd)
Deborah Yanz (Yanz Designs) introduced a different cultural view with an Aztec-styled goddess Isis and a garden styled to match. A checkerboard of squares gravel alternating with grey decking formed the centre of the garden. In the banks of planting on two boundaries green foliage was accented by purple leaved plants - a planting theme that showed up again and again in the show. An innovative water accent completed the garden - a copper-edged sunken pool with blue-tinted water held glass pebbles that caught plenty of attention.
Vivid Design, with Semken Landscapes, won a Silver Award with their planting prowess in a truly successful garden. Strong design and great planting that used contrasting colour and texture in a low-maintenance but striking scheme. Blocks of soft planting of grasses contrasted with purple phormiums and variegated iris. Silver leaved foliage picked up on half buried burnished steel spheres. A simple band of paving was woven into a grass terrace. A. Vivid Design makes such effective use of space and planting as to look effortless. Equally important, the garden would be both easy to maintain and easy on water requirements.
An industrial theme ran through the garden designed by Land Edge Design. Gabions (rock caged in wire mesh, as on roadsides and waterfronts) formed low walls, were married with a galvanised rill running through a gravelled area into a tank.
In stunning contrast a sleek sitting area with streamlined table and chairs were accented with a pyramid of oranges- the sole colour note in this garden. A cluster of white-stemmed birches provided shade, and the first hint of autumn colour, in this defiantly modern garden.
Bali was a theme in the 3MP garden by Tara Landscape Services won a Gold Award. Tthe enclosed courtyard garden with a thatched pavilion and subtropical plants suggested the mood and look of many Balinese gardens.
In a grander, more hotel-style garden, Jamie Durie created a series of terraces and pavilions, complete with suitable furniture, and tropical-look planting. Small stone figures represented those found throughout Bali. This was one of three gardens Durie designed for Amgrow Garden King. The other gardens were a bush garden and a contemporary styled space.
The native bush garden brought to mind ecological concerns with fast-disappearing temperate and tropical rainforests. Tree ferns and Australian native plants were set along a sweep of boardwalk and clouds mist creating the atmosphere of the bush.
A third, contemporary garden was tranquil, with loads of movement both in the sensuous, curving bands of grasses, bark and rusted metal walls and in the movement of grasses and the leaves in a grove of birch trees. Three very different styles from a designer who seems to continually surprise us with different styles, and materials.
Jim Fogarty's garden for Larkman Nurseries was the only garden at the Show to move back towards lush use of flowering plants. The strong design was awarded Gold. A central rill drew the eye to a bubbling jet outlined against the lake and mature trees behind the garden site.
A moody blue rendered wall provided a background for restrained planting and a paved seating area, along which Fogarty ranged a number of sun-loungers. Opposite a grass sward fronted a flower-filled border under a purple pergola. The garden, and the flowers, deservedly drew the crowds.
Jenny Smith Designs (Silver Award) created a fascinating contemporary garden for a fish farm. A row of old-style cast iron tubs stood captured water from fish-spouts mounted into a rosy-red rendered wall.
Bands of colour on the ground were scattered with silvery planting and a lone, stranded fish figure. Side boundaries alternated panels of pure turquoise and steel reinforcing mesh.
Aztec influences from Yanz Design
Lush planting from Vivid Design
Contrasts from Land Edge Design
Balinese style from Tara Landscapes
Grand Bali style from Jamie Durie
Jamie Durie's bush garden
Jim Fogarty's garden, restrained planting
Colour and drama from Jenny Smith Garden Design