The landscaping industry in New Zealand is unregulated and has probably got more than its fair share of cowboys and girls, so where do you start if you are intending to carry out any landscaping and want the peace of mind that you are engaging a professional? The Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand, known

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Setting the Scene

By Katie Costain and Ben Freeman Ben Freeman and Katie Costain give a couple of quick landscape design tips. Colour and tone If you are looking for “wow” appeal, then use colour; lots of colour. But make sure you use it correctly. Start with a colour theme that suits your personal style, the architecture of your h

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Getting well grounded

By Katie Costain and Ben Freeman As many Cantabrians begin to rebuild or renovate their homes, it becomes important to start considering the landscape and its functionality within your property. The garden is typically an afterthought in the building process however, it is a crucial step in the developme

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Great gateways

Sometimes we underestimate the power of an attractive front door. It’s one of the first things we notice when we drive or walk by a house. A simple way to create a great first impression is to smarten the gateway to your humble abode so family, friends and guests are greeted with a front door which says

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Landscape planning adds value

By Dr Erik Ellis With many people in Christchurch looking to rebuild their home, or after earthquake renovations, landscape planning is more important than ever to develop a home that suits the homeowners and the environment. Good landscape planning is essential to develop a garden that adds value and integrity to

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Outer art

Whether your goal is to lounge, entertain, dine or simply to escape, the desire to mould our outdoor spaces to meet our wants and needs is an innate characteristic of the urban dweller. With today’s access to a broad range of outdoor sculpture, we now have the ability to personalis

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Going potty

Turn a corner of your garden from drab into fab simply by adding a potted plant. Whether it be a lemon tree, topiary or even a tomato plant, placing something with a bit of height and colour will provide interest and bring a neglected space to life. Using pots means you can rearrange without too much disruption, and pl

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The good soil

As we get to enjoy our garden most at this time of year, we want to ensure it’s looking its best. We talk to renowned landscape designer and sculptor Dan Rutherford about the latest in garden design for gardeners and non-gardeners. What are the hottest trends for gardens this year? Growing your own food; espaliered f

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