Australian House Garden | Garden Special

H&G CoverA wonderful inclusion in the latest issue of Australian House & Garden as part of the Garden Special, showcasing 60 plus delightful garden ideas from a coterie of top Australian garden designers. My contribution includes ideas around the use of fire within the garden, incorporating water/pools and lighting, and my favourite plant to use within my designs. The April issue is on sale now!

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In the Garden | February

February… back to work, back to school and normality returns to the masses. The holiday period may be over but the weather is finally warming up and brings with it a holiday vibe that makes people smile. Can you believe it is actually the last month of summer, already?

Very similar to January, it is important to nurture the garden as we can experience some of the hottest, driest and windiest periods of the year. Here are some tips to get you through the month.

  • Make sure you are watering your garden either first thing in the morning or of an evening when the heat of the day has disappeared. This way you will waste less water via evaporation from the grounds surface. Ensure your watering well and deep into the soil encouraging roots to go deeper into the soil away from the heat.
  • Shade those plants that can burn easily on the hottest days.
  • Keep check on your weeds and remove them when you see them, so they are not competing for water in the soil.
  • Crepe Myrtles, Roses and Hydrangeas can develop powdery mildew at this time of year, if they havent already. If this is happening remove infected leaves immediately and spray the plant with a specific sulphur solution from your local nursery.
  • Prune wisteria by cutting back all whips growths to within 5 buds of the main stem. This will encourage the formation of flower buds.
  • Your lawn may be looking a little worse for wear with the heat, however I would suggest using your water supply for your garden and vegie beds and pots. As soon as it rains again, you will see a green tinge appear very quickly. Mowing your lawn on the highest blade setting will also protect it from the sun.
  • Plan for Spring and order your Spring bulbs, but dont get too excited… hold off and plant them in Autumn.
  • Deadhead all spent flowers, particularly your agapanthus to prevent self seeding. Give your roses a light prune.
  • Trim Lavender back about 3cm to maintain a bushy compact shrub. This will remove all spent flowers at the same time and tidy them up nicely.
  • If your gardenias are yellowing, they maybe hungry. Feed them with Harrys Gardenia Food. Its a one stop shop for the health of gardenias.
  • Remove suckers from all plants.
  • Watch out for pests in the veggie patch, particularly white fly and white cabbage moth. Spray with horticultural oil such as Pest Oil in the cooler hours of the day.
  • Try a combination of Powerfeed and Seasol on your veggie patch or any area of the garden that needs a bit of a boost. Please make sure you follow the directions on the pack, so that you do not burn your plants.
  • Cut and dry herbs for use during the cooler months.
  • Feed your citrus. A specialised organic citrus food is best.
  • Lift and dry your onions and garlic.
  • Top up water features and ponds to help your local wildlife cope with the heat.
  • Top up gravel paths or gravel around plants. Not only is this aesthetically rejuvenating, it prevents soil from splashing up on the plant when it rains or being watered, retains the moisture in the soil and assists in reducing weeds.

What to plant in the patch?

  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cress
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb crowns
  • Shallots bulbs
  • Silverbeet
  • Spring Onions

So, have a great February and embrace every moment of whats left of our summer!

x

Outdoor Design Living

ODL30 CoverThank you to Karen Booth and the team at Universal Magazines for the great article in the 30th edition of Outdoor Design & Living. As a silver medal winning garden at the Australian Garden Show Sydney, The Pavilon features in a double page spread. A big thank you also to Peter Brennan for the wonderful shots! The 30th edition of Outdoor Design & Living is available now at all good newsagents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TO DO IN THE GARDEN | JANUARY

chair-on-the-beach-hd-widescreen-January is the peak of summer fun! We are starting a brand new year, were on holidays, the sun is out and the official mode is relaxed! Bliss.

However, in between the beach and the BBQs, there are a few things to check off.

Heres your list for the month:

  • Make sure you are watering your garden either first thing in the morning or of an evening when the heat of the day has disappeared. This way you will waste less water via evaporation from the grounds surface. Ensure your watering well and deep into the soil encouraging roots to go deeper into the soil away from the heat.
  • If youre going away, ensure your garden is looked after by installing an irrigation system. Make sure this system includes your pots and hanging baskets! An irrigation system can be set up electronically and even be attached to a weather monitor which delays watering in the event of rain.
  • If you find you have no where to sit in your garden in the heat of summer, perhaps think of planting a shade tree. The best time to plant is autumn, so take a note of the location of choice and do some research on an appropriate choice of tree.
  • Shade those plants that can burn easily on the hottest days.
  • Keep check on your weeds and remove them when you see them, so they are not competing for water in the soil.
  • Feed and water all pot, indoors and out, regularly.
  • Remove all suckers from trunks.
  • Deadhead all tired summer flowering blooms.
  • Trim conifer hedges.
  • Summer prune wisteria by cutting back all whips growths to within 5 buds of the main stem. This will encourage the formation of flower buds.
  • Try incorporating a shallow water bowl into your garden and watch the birds it attracts. They will be looking for water this time of year when it is scarce.
  • Plant out autumn flowering bulbs.
  • Order spring flowering bulbs.
  • Watch out for pests in the veggie patch. The White Cabbage Moth can destroy crops very rapidly. Dipel is a very effective natural product to use against these caterpillars. DO NOT use Confidor on your veggie patch!
  • Lift potatoes and garlic. Remove sideshoots from your tomatoes so the energy is directed into fruit production.
  • If your lawn is browning off, purchase a low pressure sprinkler. These sprinklers can be attached directly to your water tank and work very effectively even without a pump. They are energy efficient and use a lot less water than your normal sprinkler.

What to plant in the patch?

  • Dwarf beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cress
  • Lettuce
  • Spring Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Radish
  • Silverbeet

And lastly and most importantly, I wish you a very HAPPY New Year! I look forward to sharing it with you.

Peta x

Makeover Magic | Home Beautiful, Jan 2015

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I am very excited to have made another small contribution to the latest edition of Home Beautiful for their Makeover Magic article. The article provides easy updates for your outdoor area for any budget zero dollars, under $500, under $2000 and money to splurge! Pick up some savvy ideas and style tricks from myself and others to make your outdoor area look, not cost, a millions dollars this summer! On sale from the 15th December.

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Designer Gardens | Outdoor Entertaining Issue 7

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A big Christmas cheer to the wonderful team at Universal Magazines for featuring our silver medal winning show garden The Pavilion from the Australian Garden Show Sydney in the latest edition of Outdoor Entertaining. We are so thrilled to have been included!

Get your copy of this wonderful coffee table magazine from all great newsagencies, on sale from the 11th December.

ODE007For further information regarding any of the materials used within The Pavillon at the Australian Garden Show Sydney, please find all relevant company contact details below, alternatively contact us directly via [email protected].

CONSTRUCTION

Green Art Gardens
0411 158 743
www.greenartgardens.com.au

Andrew Edwards Landscaping
0400 833 365
www.andrewedwardslandscaping.com.au

GLOSS BRICKS

Austral Bricks
02 9611 4200
www.brickworks.com.au

PLUNGE POOL

Australian Plunge Pools
0431 734 524
www.australianplungepools.com.au

3D PANELS

Lump Sculpture Studio
03 9489 4766
www.lump.com.au

SUSPENDED FIREPLACE

Top3 by Design
1300 867 333
www.top3.com.au

TIMBER SUPPLIER

Sydney Timber Supplies
1300 779 559
www.sydneytimbersupplies.com.au

CONCRETE SUPPLIER

Metromix Concrete
02 9849 7450
www.metromix.com.au

SCULPTURE

Lump Sculpture Studio
03 9489 4766
www.lump.com.au

BRICK LAYER

Heritage Masonry and Stone
0413 381 380
www.hmsmasonry.com

CONCRETE SPECIALIST

Harris Design
0421 835 570
www.harrisdesign.com.au

FURNITURE

Top3 by Design
1300 867 333
www.top3.com.au

OUTDOOR SOUND SYSTEM

Sydney Hi Fi Castle Hill
02 9899 9079
www.sydneyhificastlehill.com.au

CEILING LINING BOARDS

Glosswood
1300 882 064
www.glosswood.com.au

SOIL AND MULCH

Debco
1800 651 265
www.debco.com.au

TREES

Alpine TreeMovals
[email protected]
www.treemovals.com.au

CERAMICS

Cone 11 Ceramic Studio
Ilona 0401 492 855
www.cone11.com.au

GARDEN LIGHTING

Gardens at Night
02 9439 9155
www.gan.com.au

TURF

Millers Turf
1800 010 110
www.millersturf.com.au

POWDER COATING

The Powder Principle
02 9557 3244
www.powderprinciple.com.au

PLANTS

Plantmark Nursery
03 9796 9422
www.plantmark.com.au

Sherringhams Nursery
13 14 58
www.anlscapes.com.au

WHOLESALE NURSERIES

Green Circle Growers
Alpine Nurseries

CONCRETE EQUIPMENT

Hilti
131 292
www.hilti.com.au

CONCRETE SEALER

Prestige Surfaces
03 8712 2405
www.prestigesurfaces.com.au