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Matt Huxtable at Newforms Landscape
Architecture gives us the tips for summer-
proofing your g ree n spaces.
With Perth summers seemingly set to become longer
a nd hotter, maintaining your ga rden is a grow ing
challen ge in all respect s. However, the re’s ple nty you
can do to safeguard.
A pleasa nt su mmer garden sho uld provide a
sanc tuar y from the elemen ts. I place a high value
on garden trees, but they have to be of the right
kind – a badly chosen tree will create pro blems.
Deciduous trees planted o n the n o rthern aspect
of your home will provide cooling shade through
summer an d, of cou rse, will let in the winter sun
when the leaves fall. S ome of my favorites are
Pyrus varieties, Lagerstroem ia, an d Gleditsia,
with Delonix at the top of the list. Co nsider
how large a tree will grow and be mindful
that deciduous trees drop leaves (luckily
I find man ning the broo m quite therapeutic).
An outdoor shower is a must in a summer
garden – they’re refreshing o n hot mo rnings
a nd evenings. A garden bathro om can be made
into a sculptural featu re without much roo m o r
mu ch stru ctu re. I have seen ma ny great examples
u sing pre-loved or rec ycled basin s an d ben ches
with a new lease on life.
Last but no t least is summer produ ce. A vegie
patch, which has thrived in the spring, is usu ally
put to death in the full February sun – I ’ve seen
tomato es literally get cooked on the vin e. For my
patch, we made so me custom pla nters on a steel
frame with castors, w hich enables us to pu sh them
a rou n d the paving an d easily move the whole vegie
garden to a more shaded aspect.
new forms.com.au .
We ask the experts to fill us in on
growing trends and how to get
spectacular summer gardens.
Cultivart landscape designer Janine Mendel,
author of Urban Sanctuary, tells us how to
make our pri vate gardens more sustainable.
Many of my clients feel that they want to make
som e contribution to sustaina bility but a re
overwhelmed by too much information and
m isinformation, sa les pitch es and gove rnme nt
regulations about what works, what’s allowed
and what is affordable. You can do the following
things in a small garden to be more sustainable:
• Design your garden to suit the aspect, and in
acco rdance with passive solar prin ciples
• Have plants!
• Do n’t fill your garden with replicated indo or
ro oms such as kitchens
• Improve the soil with orga nic material an d use
su b-su rface irrigatio n to reduce evapo ration
• Select plants to suit your specific location
• S ou rce yo u r materials lo cally if possible
• Choose materials that are en du ri ng
• Choose materials from ho n ou rable sou rces
an d co n sider recycled materials
• Limit the use of pesticides
• Do n’t du mp garden waste i n local bushlan d
• Turn the air-co ndition er off a nd go outside
and enjoy your creation.
Beautiful gardens can excite the sen ses and
nurture the soul. The lovely thing is, no matter
how small they are, j ust by ex isting they
co n tribute to the sustain ability of the plan et.
Urba n S anc tuar y: Designing Small Australia n
Gardens, by Jani ne Men del, Ha rdie G ran t,
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