Landscape Design Garden Features

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People like to take pride in their garden and what’s better than having one that stands out among the rest. Creating landscape design garden features keeps things fresh and interesting. Here are some fantastic ways to add a feature to any garden.
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Landscape Design Garden Feature - Water feature - Espado Verde Landscape Design and Garden Maintenance

Water
You can have still water or moving water, either way this will add interest to the garden. You can create this landscape design garden features yourself using large containers or tubs. If you have a sloped landscape this is a great way to create a waterfall. Otherwise you can get a fountain to suit any style of garden, big or small.
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Seating
Having a bench seat adds great focus to any garden. Get creative by using old tree stumps and recycled furniture. Create an outdoor seating area where you can relax and admire.Click here to add your own text
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Paths
Generally, every garden has at least one path, it is a way to mark boundaries within your space so they serve a practical purpose but can also become a great feature. Brick, pavers, gravel and mulch can all be used to create a great path.
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Garden Structures
An arch or pergola is a great idea for a garden feature. They can frame a space like a great view and they add height to the garden. They can be purely decorative or serve a purpose such as providing shade.
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Ornaments
This is an easy way to add landscape design garden features to your garden and creates a fantastic focal point. You can personalize the garden ornaments to suit your style and the opportunities are endless, however too many can make the garden look cluttered.
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Everyone loves a great looking garden feature. You need to maintain it year round to keep it looking good. We can assist if it gets a little out of hand as we have a fantastic garden maintenance service. But If you want to go BIG with your garden feature, we can help with landscape design, construction and stone masonry so feel free to give us a call.
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Companion Planting for Your Vegetable Garden

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Vegetable gardens are a great way to get your children interested in food, and can be a stunning feature in any garden. To get the most out of your crop try companion planting, it will help to keep pests away, but can also increase your yield.
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What is companion planting?

Companion planting is the practice of planting two or more plants together for mutual benefit. This can lead to enhanced quality and growth in your plants, improved crop yields and in general a better looking, fuller garden.

Benefits of Companion Planting Vegetables

  1. Shelter – Larger plants protect others from wind or too much sunlight.
  2. Beneficial Insects – attracting beneficial insects such as bees that help to spread pollen
  3. Soil Improvement – some vegetable plants improve soil conditions for other plants
  4. Decoy Plants – there are plants that emit odors that aid in masking the odors of insect-desirable vegetable plants.

Take a look at our info-graphics below, they’ll give you some valuable tips on what to plant with your favorite vegetables.
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Edible Garden Article – Blaze Mag

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I am really impressed and excited by the number of people I visit who would like to have an edible garden incorporated into their garden design. There is an increasing interest in growing and harvesting food from our gardens. Not only are the health benefits from growing your own food good for the mind body and soul, edible gardens can make a fantastic feature in your landscape.

When we design an edible garden the goal is to make it functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Add flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, espaliered fruit trees, berries topiary, pots and ornaments or water features.

• Annual culinary herbs: basil, dill, summer savory, parsley, corriander, chervil, chammomile
• Perennial culinary herbs: mint, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, chives, sage
• Herbs used for tea: mint, lemon verbena, chamomile, Lemon balm, Echinacea

Whether it is a traditional Potager garden, lines and rows or a more relaxed organic approach incorporating a space for fruit and vegetables in to your garden is something that will add value to your life and property.

Written By : Charlotte Pedersen, Espaso verde Landscape Design For Blaze Magazine, Hawkes Bay
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A Landscape Gardeners Top 5 Outdoor Living Ideas

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A landscape gardeners top 5 outdoor living ideasThis might be a surprise to some, but as landscape gardeners we think about more than just the garden! We are always considering living flow, how the house and garden meet and merge, and detailed elements around how good landscaping can create an improved living area and a better home environment.

Though this is a time of year when a lot of us are snuggled up inside escaping the cold, as the days grow longer and we start to get some warmer weather it is a great time to start thinking about dinners outside with the family and outdoor entertaining. Read on below for the top 5 outdoor living ideas from your local landscape gardeners.

  • A good sized patio with inside-outside flow
    If you’re going to be enjoying outside living, you need a good-sized area to do so. While it can be easy to develop a suitable area or expand on your current patio it is essential that the living flow has been thought about. You don’t want to be carrying food and drinks half-way across the house, and you want guests who need to retire inside to be able to still feel central to the entertaining area.
  • An outdoor fireplace
    We wrote about these in another article. Outdoor fireplaces are fantastic for more than heat: you can cook on them, melt marshmallows with the children, or just enjoy the warm glow with a glass of your favourite (Hawke’s Bay) red wine. You can read more about the advantages of an outdoor fireplace here.
  • Mood lighting on the patio
    As the sun dips and it moves into evening, lights that enable a nice transition into nighttime are ideal. Rather than choose between “moodily dark” and “blindingly light”, having the option to either change lighting as the night progresses, or dim lighting and slowly increase the brightness, creates the perfect atmosphere all evening long.
  • Light up your garden
    Your garden looks amazing (if it doesn’t, you can always contact us for a free consultation). Lights placed throughout your garden make the evening special by adding color, dimension and depth. There are a rnage of options from modern solar lights through to installed electric LED lighting. We can help you decide what is best for your garden.
  • Add a unique canopy
    While the image at the top of this post is from an urban setting in Japan, we hope this photo lets you see how much a canopy can be tailored to look great and protect from the elements – sheltering from the harsh sun in Summer yet still allowing good light and an “open” feel with views of the sky.

We hope this list gets your imagination fired up and you can start brainstorming some great outdoor living ideas for your home. You can see more images and ideas here.

Need help? Want some inspiration from professional landscape gardeners? We’d love to come and see you for a free consultation. Email us through the contact form or give Charlotte a call today.
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Advantage of an Outdoor Fireplace

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An outdoor fireplace can make a great addition to any patio. They have many benefits that you and your family can enjoy for a lifetime.

  • They’re great when entertaining
    Whether your friends or family sit around the fireplace discussing the latest life events or you roast marshmallows in it, outdoor fireplaces add charm and comfort to your parties. Make sure you keep everyone safe by adding an outside door or free standing screen.
  • Use your patio all year long
    Your patio doesn’t have to stop being a hive of activity just because it’s getting cold. Outdoor fireplaces are an excellent source of heat and make it possible to enjoy your patio all year round.
  • Forget the BBQ 
    Use your outdoor fireplaces to roast sausages, bake potatoes, melt marshmallows or prepare s’mores. It’s a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained on a chilly winter day.
  • Get romantic
    Fireplaces can create a romantic atmosphere. So if you’re looking to spend time with your loved one, have dinner and cuddle up by the fire to watch the stars, the ambiance of an open fire is an ideal way to accomplish this warm feeling.
  • Increase your value
    An outdoor fireplace can add value to your home and increase its appeal for a potential buyer.

Outdoor fireplaces are a wonderful addition to any patio or outdoor living area, and can be gas or wood burners depending on your preference. Visit our Pinterest page for inspiration and don’t forget to call us if you’d like an outdoor fireplace in your garden.
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10 Tips to grow great strawberries

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espaso verde strawberry tipsAh… the taste of summer, there is nothing better than juicy red strawberries picked fresh from your own garden. Whether they spill out of strawberry towers, tumble from hanging baskets, fill to the edges of troughs and containers or take up a large area in the vegetable garden.

Strawberries do not require a lot of space, maintenance and not to mention they are great fun for the kids to engage in growing their own food.

We have created a great 10 Tips to grow great strawberries.pdf handout to help you grow the most delicious strawberries this summer. As a bonus heres a link for some great strawberries recipes you might  to try

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/strawberry+recipes
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Our Landscape Design Ideas Are Making The News

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From sunken gardens to outdoor rooms, our landscape design idea’s are making the news. Our principal landscape designer, Charlotte has been lending her brain and giving tips to some national magazines.

In the Resene “Habitat” magazine, Charlotte has given ideas on what can be done to an existing garden to create an inviting area for entertaining friends and family. In the spring/summer 2015/16 issue, Charlotte talks about how adding a sunken garden can create an inviting outdoor living space that links the house and garden together.

Landscape Design Tips | Habitat Magazine


The “Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2015 East Coast Region” magazine has also published a few of Charlotte’s ideas, with the outdoor room the Espaso Verde team created for one of a client. Charlotte shares her top 3 tips for creating an outdoor living space with splashes of bold colour and strong lines.

Master Builder Magazine


You can get your copy of Resene’s “Habitat” magazine from your local Resene stockist or online from Resene’s website. Pick up a copy of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2015 East Coast Region from your nearest master builder.

Keep an eye on our blog  or connect with us on social media for more great tips and ideas for your garden.
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Wood Pallet Garden Ideas

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Reality is that not everyone has a decent landscaping budget. (We wish they did!)  But landscape gardening doesn’t have to be expensive and using readily available wood pallets is a cost effective idea to create a unique feature in your garden.

Learn how you can use free pallets to give your garden a new look, and add something a little bit different.

1. Grow delicious herbs.

Turn your pallet into an organised, compact herb garden, that can fit into the smallest of gardens. This a great idea if you have limited space in your garden, it allows you grow plenty of herbs separately while also adding some decoration and colour to a garden wall.

2. Add more growing space.

By standing the pallets up and placing them a meter or so apart, you can increase your growing space.  This is great if you can’t expand your garden’s area but are needing more space. This is great space for growing lettuces, strawberries, and chillies.

3. A potting mix bench and tool storage.

Keep everything handy and together. This potting mix stand gives you a workbench for all your planting needs. If you add some hooks (or even nails) you’ll be able to hang your garden tools from it, so you’ll always know where they are and have them handy.

4. Keep your compost tidy and hidden

Use pallets to build compost storage and keep your different stages of compost separate, that way you’ll never have to guess if your compost is ready for the garden. The pallets will also help to hid the compost pile from the rest of your lovely garden.

5. Create a garden.

If you want a garden but only have concrete space, build a portable garden with pallets. The pallets will allow you to grow your favorite plants without having to get out the sledgehammer, and if you move, the garden can move with you.

6. Find wood pallets or your garden in Hawkes Bay

Yes, we did say we had five ideas…but we thought you should know where to look for free pallets so consider number 6 a bonus! Finding wood pallets in Hawkes Bay is not that difficult if you know where to look.  You can often find free pallets outside businesses that ship large amounts of product, such as lumber and stone yards, shipping and freight businesses and flooring or furniture stores. Keep an eye out around both Hastings and Napier Mitre 10 Mega stores, The Saddlery Warehouse in Hastings and throughout the industrial areas. Many companies will also post on their Facebook pages when they have free pallets outside. So keep an eye out, you never know where you’ll come across a stack of free wood pallets suitable for using in your garden, and for other landscaping projects.

For DYI garden pallet inspiration, visit our Pinterest page.  Or talk to us to explore more advanced landscape gardening ideas for your home or business. Contact us today and create an inspiring plan to turn your garden into your own little paradise. Don’t forget like us on Facebook for more great ideas!
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