Landscape Design Principles – Scale, Balance and Proportion

Shape and Form landscapers are Melbourne’s Inner Eastern suburbs, premier choice for landscaping. Continuously following the design principles of scale, balance and proportion, to create more than just a landscaped area, but the finest quality artistry, when planning every outdoor design.   Balance Our Melbourne-based landscapers achieve balance through the repetition of size, shape, and…

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5 Landscape Design Principles To Guide Your Garden

  Designers often consider the four principles of landscape design to be order, proportion, repetition, transition and unity, with emphasis placed on cohesion and visual interest. Whether the sprawling gardens of an expansive estate or the small space backyard of a single family home, green spaces have the potential to transform an entire property. By…

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5 Building Blocks of a Good Landscape Design

Just as the interior of your home must complement the architecture and honour the landscape, the design of your home’s exterior must also respond to the needs of your family and the history of your site. From the tenets of colour theory to the philosophy of Feng Shui, landscape design is informed by both the…

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Improve the value of your home through landscaping – 5 steps

A beautifully landscaped yard will instantly boost the kerb-appeal of any home. If you are looking to sell your home, do not underestimate the power of your landscape. A welcoming landscape can make a home feel extra cozy and inviting. A well designed and maintained garden area shows potential buyers that you care about your…

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Landscaping Ideas to Improve your Properties Value

The property market can be very volatile at times with prices going up and down depending on markets and economy. Lately more so down than up! However, by and large, owning a property is a very solid investment and many people have seen the value of their properties increase significantly over the years. Building equity…

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How To Choose The Right Landscape Professional

If you love spending time outdoors in your garden, one thing you naturally want is for the area to look awesome! The aesthetic appeal of your garden can have a big impact on how relaxed you feel when you are outside, so it is well worth investing in your outdoor area. When your garden is…

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5 Tips For a Winter Landscape Design

Winter is just around the corner and while people in Europe generally lock themselves indoors for the winter, the beauty of Melbourne (or Australian weather in general) is that we don’t have to! Implementing good landscape design practices is a fantastic way to ensure your yard is not only utilised during the colder months but…

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What To Expect From An Initial Design Consultation

YES – Questions about what you want to achieve with your garden YES – Questions that will give your designer a better understanding of your taste and style YES – Some suggestions based on your answers YES – A fee proposal for producing a landscape design NO – A complete comprehensive solution to your garden including plant selection NO – Recommendations or thoughts without first…

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How To Choose The Right Landscape Designer

Designing your outdoor space from scratch or renovating an existing space is exciting, but can often be overwhelming. It is a process that takes time, perception, vision and experience to execute correctly. An experienced landscape designer should bring these attributes to your project, helping you create your perfect garden. Choosing the right landscape designer can…

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Curling Bluestone

What is curling bluestone and why does it affect specifically bluestone paving? I have personally had an area of bluestone paving curl after I had laid it. Up until that point I had never encountered this before. I’m hoping this article, will give you some insight into what the term ‘bluestone’ means, why some bluestone…

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Five Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

There are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you engage a landscape professional to complete any work. Not asking these questions may turn out to be costly. 1. Are they a member of the Landscape association? Landscape Associations are a great place to begin. They continually educate there members with new products and changing techniques in.…

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What Is The Difference Between Landscaping And Gardening?

Some people I meet, when I’m out and about, seem to get gardeners and landscapers mixed up. Or to be more precise they can’t determine the difference between the two. I often get phone calls from people wanting me to maintain and weed there gardens on a regular basis. When I politely tell them that…

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Autumnal Colour

It sneaks up on you – autumn that is. I was paving a client’s front courtyard last week, when I saw a deep red coloured leaf fall from an ornamental pear tree. My initial thought was ‘bit early, its still hot’, but then I realised that it is in fact late march, and that autumn…

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Landscaping and the Law

2005 the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) passed an amendment to the law, that stated – any work in excess of $5,000.00 needed to be carried out by a landscaper who is a licensed/registered builder. The VBA then created a sub-category to the main Domestic Builder license and named it Domestic Builder Limited – Structural Landscaping. Any landscape company that…

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Hedge Your Bets – A Quick Overview

Hedges are a bordering and design tools used for dividing spaces. They enclose and subdivide fields, orchards, yards, parks and gardens. They form vegetative walls, garden rooms, gateways, screens and enclosures, within the garden landscape. It is believed that the Romans may have first planted hedges in Britain however most of the few ancient hedges…

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