Real World Gardener Design Principles part 4 in Design Elements

May 27th, 2021

Design Principles part 4

Landscape Materials

Over the last few weeks, Garden Designer Glenice Buck has been outlining all those factors you need to consider when you’re doing a re-design no matter how big or small.
Hopefully you’ve at least drawn a mudmap of your garden or yard if there’s nothing in it.
Do this before you buy the plants.

  • But what are the options for say landscape materials?
  • There are clever ways to achieve looks of the real thing without spending the big bucks.
 
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Think locally to reduce transport costsThen there’s re-purposing material especially if it’s already in your garden or nearby.

 
What about fencing?
So many types of fencing
Timber 
Colourbond,
Wire fencing
Timber with horizontal rails.
Brick
 
Retaining walls
Reconstituted sandstone blocks
Drystone walls-especially if you have plenty of stone lying about on your property
Besser blocks that can be rendered or cap with sandstone fascias.
Timber- but this has a limited life and can be eaten out by termites.
Gabion walls-wire mesh that is filled with rocks.
Corten steel lengths edging as well as for retaining walls.
 
Steps: need to be structurally sound.
Natural stone: granite or Sandstone floaters.
Brick steps
Pieces of limestone or limestone tiles.
Concrete steps
 
Pathways
loose pebbles
paving: sandstone, granite, terracotta, brick, decomposed granite
I'm talking with  Glenice Buck of www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au

That concludes are basic principles of garden design.

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