Versatile and fresh, young designers from Australia and New Zealand have a great place to showcase themselves at Garden Shows. I’ll take you on a journey through some of the trends. The thing that really was noticeable was that each garden made room for outdoor living.
I’ll start with Austerr8anean by Kingsley Barker from Melbourne in 2014 shows how a small space need not be boring or unusable. There is enough room here for outdoor living. But this small space is ordered and contemporary.
A more informal take on the same theme softened with planting is this one – grassy and gentle with natural stone walls, weathered metal and messy flowers.
More informal again is this lounging kitchen garden – bang on trend – mixing outdoor living with production for the kitchen. This is definitely a place to chill out after a day with the madding crowd.
Below, called ‘Edible Space’ this garden is by Scott Tappenden and Melissa Greeslade.
Planting priority is given to the kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables. But laid back outdoor living is definitely catered for with the decking seats which could easily double as a daybed. The perfect place for that cup of tea.
And using natural materials can take us back to a simpler past…
The Dinosaur Garden celebrates the caveman within all of us. Love the dinosaur food in the ancient cycads to complement that beautiful chair and wigwam.
If you love this seating, look at the swinging daybed here set off with the plant filled planters lining the fence. This is recycling at its best.
This use of recycled and old, character-filled materials goes on. The timber planter boxes on the fence, placed high to catch the sun, filled with herbs and salads give this messy and informal garden some shape and character.
And finally there is the trend for creating spaces within which to find peace and serenity.
Koriaha Creative by Shannon Duncan shows how recycling can bring a sense of meditation and tranquillity to an otherwise unordered space.
As can ‘Finding Inner Peace’ by Wenna Cao is a delightful space. The asymmetrical curves, the water, the offset planting focused on purple and yellow with tea and cushions again the center of the space.
All these spaces are organic and free flowing but note that geometry holds the garden together.
The ‘Flow of Refreshment’ from Yan Zhang, Jia Chai and Zeng Yong in New Zealand showcase this feel perfectly.
Backyard of Mexico by Letitia Thomson keeps the informal recycled feel but space for living is more central to the design. I love the use of colour in this garden and the way the clutter of pots is brought together.
And finally back to something more contemporary, New Mexico by Jordan Hampson is also based on recycled and organic materials but that 60’s feel, with colour, and more structured spaces sets this up as an outdoor living area to chill in.
And I think this is the best last word – choose to steer yourself in any direction…