According to the Black Dog Institute, 20 percent of Australians between 16-85 have experienced mental illness. With that in mind, incorporating a peaceful paradise into your landscaping design may be able to offer much-needed calm and clarity after a stressful day. But how do you know where to begin? Read on to learn how you can create a peaceful paradise in your back yard. Welcome Water Having a waterfall, pond, stream, or fountain is a beautiful addition to any landscaping design. Still, while it’s lovely, it can also have a surprising effect on your mental health. Plenty of studies show that being next to water allows for calmness, creativity, improved sleep, and focus. It can also be a focal point in your yard, which means you can develop a beautiful garden around it and improve your home’s appeal. Make Privacy a Priority When you are trying to relax after a busy day of work, having a sanctuary in your yard can be the right answer. However, seeing your neighbours hanging out their washing or listening to them chatter in their own properties can have the opposite effect. Talk to your local landscaper about how you can make garden privacy a priority. Invest in divider walls, trellis, and partitions to welcome a sense of privacy. Tall plants can also dampen sounds if noisy neighbours are a problem....

Privacy plays a massive part in how much time you spend in your own backyard. Still, without the best landscaping, it’s not always that easy to get. How are you supposed to feel relaxed and free to be yourself when neighbouring properties are staring in? It’s easier to achieve than you think. Tall Fencing The most obvious solution to achieve privacy is tall fencing. If your current perimeter fencing is looking a little worse for wear, then consider your options surrounding an upgrade. Changing your fences may rely on your neighbours to agree to it, but it can benefit both properties once it’s complete. Privacy Screens Sometimes, it’s not the entire yard you want to keep private, but your entertaining area instead. There’s something quite invasive about spending time with friends and family, only to be able to see your neighbour hanging their washing on the line. Fortunately, privacy screens are something that are effortless to incorporate into your landscape design. You can buy all manner of permanent and temporary ones and screen off the area you intend to keep private....

Whether you’re in WA, QLD, NT, or another hot state in Australia, you’ll likely struggle to achieve the landscaping you desire. After all, many plants need water to thrive, and the hot summer sun combined with temperatures over 30 degrees-Celsius gives you limited options. But while options for what plants you can have are limited, they aren’t lacking. Read on to learn what are some of the best landscape plants for dry climates in Australia. Amber Velvet Amber velvet is a mid-sized kangaroo paw plant that grows up to 40cm high and 50cm wide. You can plant it in the ground, in pots, and low maintenance gardens and landscapes. It’s clear to see that amber velvet is as versatile as they come. This plant thrives in well-drained soil in full sun and has a beautifully vibrant flower that can add a much-needed attitude to any garden. The best part is, it thrives in some of the hotter states in Australia like WA, QLD, VIC, and NSW....

A hillside property is a brilliant way in which to highlight a home’s style and take advantage of spectacular views. But for all its positive points, slopes can be quite tricky to work with, especially when it comes to landscaping. Before you get started, why not consider the following helpful tips? They could make a significant difference in your landscape design. Try Tiers Planting flowers and plants on a sloping property will not always give the result you desire. Given the angling, they can be hard to control and even harder to make aesthetically pleasing. That’s why tiers are a popular option for homeowners with sloping land. With the use of concrete, railroad sleepers, stone pavers, or wood, you can create multiple levels that start from the top of your slope and work their way down to the bottom of it. A expert landscape designer can offer assistance with this process while also guiding you on the best plants to complete the look. Install a Water Feature Water features look stunning in any property, but they can be even more enchanting on a sloping property. Take advantage of the steep angle of your land and incorporate an elaborate water feature. A landscaping team can help with both the planning and installation of it, as well as the best plants to tie the look together....

Have you often wondered how your neighbour’s landscaping attracts dozens of birds, while your own sits empty? You might think it’s a coincidence, but it can all be down to what goodies your neighbour has, and you don’t have. Read on to find out how to attract native birds to your garden. Invest in Nectar-Rich Flowers There are more than 700 native bird species in Australia, so why not try and attract some of your favourites with nectar-rich flowers? Your local landscaping team can recommend some of the best plants for nectar production, such as bottlebrushes and banksias. The native species of bottlebrush, known as Callistemon, have beautiful nectar-filled flowers that attract a variety of birds and insects. With enough bottlebrushes, you may be treated to visitors such as honeyeaters, lorikeets, and rosellas. Banksias, on the other hand, are a shelter-offering plant that is also jam-packed full of nectar. They provide ample sustenance for birds like cockatoos. Non-native plants have their place, as well. Camellias can bloom at various times of the year, depending on the type. For at least three quarters of the year, birds can benefit from plenty of nectar. The best part is, Camellias thrive in the shade, whereas many native plants don’t. Plant Grasses Grasses are a favourite plant type for a number of reasons. Homeowners enjoy the low maintenance aspect, but they also attract birds, as well. Finches and wrens love grasses for both shelter and seeds. They can also feast on garden pests hidden underneath them. Talk to your local landscaping company about the best grasses for your soil type....

Are you about to roll up your sleeves and dig into a new residential landscape design? You may have just completed a full-scale renovation inside and want to ensure that your backyard is equally as impressive. If so, you need to choose the right landscape design and, to do so, you need to ask yourself a number of questions first. Big Picture Your first question will be holistic. From a big picture perspective, what do you want to get out of this? Try to focus on a theme and everything else can flow from there. You may want your garden to complement the style of architecture of your home. Perhaps you can replicate some of its key features and link everything to a central point in your garden. Take your time to look at the garden from every available window or door in your home and from any other entry point. This will help you visualise your design and give you an idea of where you should place each feature....

You want to give your outdoor area a bit of a refresh. It might be because you’re looking to sell, you want to get more out of your space or it’s just time for an upgrade. But is professional landscaping worth it? Like building or renovating a home, the planning and design stage of a landscaped garden are critical to achieving a design which ticks all the boxes and is tailored around a specific budget. A good landscape designer or contractor will tailor a garden design to suit you and your budget and provide a specialised construction service to bring your design to life. Here’s why it pays to hire a professional. 1. They have the experience and expertise Gone are the days of a garden design which includes some paving, a bricked-in barbecue and some plants! Many homes these days are designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind, so the yard needs to be designed as an extension of the home. It's the landscape designer’s job to create a layout which will flow and connect with the home. So when you engage with a professional, several technical components will be considered to enhance you design that you might not have even thought of. These include: Zones such as alfresco areas, pools and lawn or play space should blend seamlessly Pools need to be positioned optimally while safety barriers must also be considered as they can be a hindrance if incorrectly located Structural components such as retaining requirements can often form part of a raised pool edge, which can also create an infinity edge as well as a pool barrier when designed at 1200mm height Trees and plants will be selected to suit specific areas and deciduous trees might be positioned to allow winter light into your home and summer shade...

Clients often ask me whether a garden design is required for their project. To accurately answer this question, a few variables must be considered first. We must assess the level of detail required as well as the clients’ budget and the construction scope. When it comes to budget, if the project value is between 10-20k and consists of a simple lawn area with a few ground level gardens and paving, you might not need a design. But if that’s the case, it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of layout. There’s nothing worse than the quoted scope not matching what a client wants; if there is no design provided, these discrepancies generally don’t become evident until the construction phase (the client returns home from work and the lawn area is a lot smaller than they had anticipated)! In situations when a landscape design is not required, good communication is vital to ensure you know what you’re getting. For more detailed projects which might have items such as a pool, roof structure, level changes, planter boxes, walling or an outdoor kitchen, the answer is yes- a design is a vital part of your project and something you should consider carefully as it will maximise your investment and outcome....