Archives for June 2017

Successful Garden Design Tips – Video 1 – Line it up!

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Adding the wow factor to your garden with a very simple but often overlooked designer trick…

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In this quick Successful Garden Design Tips video Rachel walks you through a simple designer trick of lining up elements within the garden that make sure your design works well and flows properly in the whole garden.

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[DESIGN SHOW 19] – Mediterranean garden tour & adding the WOW with colour

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Details of William and Robert’s fantastic mountain Med garden can be found here:

If you’d like to volunteer to help in the garden, details of how to do that are here:

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Here’s what William and Robert had to say about their garden: “It’s a mediterranean mountain garden and as such, enjoys a climate similar to a mediterranean coastal climate, but with the added challenge of cold winters and the affect of altitude.

What we find is that plants that grow here will grow very well if looked after, and those that don’t will let you know by refusing to survive no matter what we do. The hardest thing is to get plants through their first year or two.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us since most of the work is done by just the two of us. Volunteers can be residential or can offer time on a regular basis i.e. one day a week/month/whenever they can.

We also have accommodation here at Cortijo Opazo or at our Green Mountain Yurt. We can prepare meals for guests and try to use produce from the garden if we can.

Most importantly, our garden is open on Fridays from April to the end of October and for events. We welcome groups to get in touch to organise specific visits, which can be on any day, subject to our availability. Groups should be 10 or more. If a group wants to stay over in the area then we can make suggestions as to suitable local accommodation.
There’s plenty to see in the Alpujarras, a unique and fascinating part of Spain, so a visit to Jardín de la Alpujarra could be a part of a bigger trip.

Refreshments always available for visitors.

The beautiful courtyard garden in Jimena de la Frontera house for sale can be viewed here:

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Small Front Garden – SGD Student Anne Fries, Melbourne

I always love it when people send in photos of their gardens after doing one of our garden design courses.

This garden is no exception…

With NO previous design experience, Anne and her husband have done a tremendous job transforming their boring front yard into a beautiful garden…

I’ll now pass you over to Anne to tell you about her garden…

“In November, my husband and I moved into a new home which needed the front and back gardens designed and built. Whilst it was lovely to have the proverbial “blank canvas”, it was also rather daunting.

The builders had put in a very basic garden at the front, but it wasn’t what we wanted (see photo above).

I bought your online courses before we moved, and had a lot of fun drawing shapes and paths, scrapping them, and starting again!


The main challenge in the front garden was working around the two water meters and taps (we are fortunate to be in an estate that has connected Class A recycled water to every home for garden use, etc), an inspection hatch, and a stormwater vent, all within a wide but shallow garden.
I found the Small Garden Design Course particularly helpful, as it showed me how to break the garden up into shapes that made it look and feel deeper.


We built the garden together, with a rotary hoe and lots of elbow grease! My husband did a great job with the paving, edging and the connecting boardwalks, which take the eye on a journey.

We wanted some water in the garden, so to add some life and sparkle, we bought a tiny solar fountain ($15 on eBay), and placed it in a water dish. It adds a point of interest, some movement, and it’s fun to watch it respond to the changeable Melbourne weather!


We still have a couple of things to plant when cooler Autumn weather arrives, but it’s mostly done. Once some of the ‘larger’ plants have grown, we’ll be able to plant in their shade, but that’s quite a way ahead! We’ll just have to possess our souls in patience, as we wait for everything to grow!

I loved working through the courses, and applying what I learned to the challenges we faced. We love our garden, and it wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without your inspiration! Thanks for all your wisdom and practical advice. I really would have struggled and become so frustrated without it!”

Do you need ideas and help with your garden?

If you’d like to take the same course Anne did – take a look at our Small Garden Formula online course. It walks you through everything you need to know to be able to design a small space garden, no matter what shape.

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