Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 26 Spring 2010 Contents in his Richmond studio to show people that
you can still have a green, colourful garden
without a lot of water. And he calls for people
to embrace a more subdued palette – greys,
browns, blues, blacks, ochres – in keeping
with our unique Australian environment.
“People just don’t see the intrinsic beauty
of washed colour – not washed in the Parisian
sense, but washed in Australian, indigenous
colours. It’s colour that comes from the sky,
sea, sand, soil, cliffs and birds. It is unique.”
Rick points to our native trees as a prime
example. “There is a cultural cringe – why
isn’t a gum tree as valued as, say, an oak?”
he asks. Long recognised for his use of
texture and harmonious palettes, Rick
points to ghost gums and iron bark.
“They can look really feminine and look
really masculine. When you blend them –
rough-barked tough gums with the slender,
Rick is big on useable space. The pool area features
Myrtle slate and badger stone cladding for a natural
backdrop. B oth from Eco Outdoor (ecoo utdoor.com .au).
“There is a cultural cringe – why isn’t
a gum tree as valued as, say, an oak?”
OUTDOORS sustainable design
TREES FOR SMALL SPACES Cercis canadensis (redbud) – butterfly-shaped leaves and massed small flowe rs
along branches in early spring; Leptospermum petersonii (lemon-scented tea tree) – open, light canopy of fine
apple-green, lemon-scented foliage; Malus golden delicious – sweet eating fruit with white blossom in early spring;
Cupressus sempervirens glauca (pe ncil pin e) – thin spire of dark-gree n pine foliage that holds shape; Laburnum x
watereri (Vossii golden rain tree) – panicles of yellow pea-shaped flowers on elegant upright branches.
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