I know you want to know the simple effective small garden design system and, I will take you through the great garden design system we refined in Inner City Sydney in the early 2000’s in my second book.
It’s simple and very easy to use.
But I’d love to start by giving you some great ideas from some of the best designers in the world.
Look at A Room with a View, by Mike Harvey designed for the Hampton Court Garden Show in 2013 in the image above.
And ‘Tension’ by Paul Bangay, – created for the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show in 2014, in the image below.
Where these ideas come from
Over the past three years, I have taken great pleasure visiting some of the best public and private gardens and garden shows in England, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Designers exhibit in these shows from all over the world. So what we see are garden trends from the best in the business. I also get to see the younger emerging designers and I think their modern gardens today are breathtaking.
Pictures speak a thousand words and so I try to tell the story in images rather than words.
So, whether you want a jungle out there….
Or a crisply ordered entertainment area….
There will be something for you in this book.
I have selected some of the best to show you features and trends from the best designs around.
So here goes…
Let Your Free Spirit Shine
Probably the most important trend of all – Make the Garden Yours – trends are not there to fetter us.
And I have to say it is the young emerging designers who are shaking this tree. Even the carefully considered Chelsea Garden Show in 2014 year celebrated younger, first-time gardeners who did not follow the long established rules about what makes a good Chelsea garden.
And some of the results were stunning.
So go your own way and personalize your space.
Gardens Are For Real Living
John Brookes, the king of English garden design published his first book Room Outside, in 1969. His influence on gardening was to change the view that gardens were a hodge-podge of plants picked up at whim.
He told us garden design is nothing to do with horticulture, and everything to do with living.
He believed gardens need to be used and to make this happen, the layout outside a house is every bit as important as the layout inside. Garden living areas and interior living areas must be linked and perform together as connected living spaces.
Across the globe we have been designing outdoor living spaces ever since.
Take Rest on the opposite page, designed by H&S Landscape Design’s Grant Stephans and Rebecca Hammond for the 2014 New Zealand Ellerslie Garden and Flower Show takes this idea quite far with seating area, daybed and floating bath.
Probably with a little tongue in cheek.