in the gar­den

CEL­E­BRAT­ING NATIVE BIRDS, THE ART OF ZEN AND PRO­DUC­TIVE VEG­ETABLE PLOTS.

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The or­ganic curves of this ‘amoeba gar­den’, lo­cated on a 40-hectare prop­erty in Moss Vale, over­look­ing NSW’S Kan­ga­roo Val­ley, were de­signed “as a form of maze”, says Hugh Main, di­rec­tor of Syd­ney land­scape de­sign firm Spirit Level, who cre­ated this sec­tion of the gar­den in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Adam Jones of de­sign com­pany Quer­cus and Co. The shapes are, “based on cloud prun­ing car­ried out by the Ja­panese in their Zen gar­dens,” he says. Now 10 years old, the Elaeag­nus pun­gens hedg­ing re­quires clip­ping each month and acts as a dy­namic frame, com­ple­ment­ing the moun­tain views be­yond. “It works be­cause it is not a static, un­re­lated form of hor­ti­cul­ture,” says Hugh. “It in­ter­acts with the broader en­vi­ron­ment.” For more in­for­ma­tion, call (02) 8399 0660; spir­itlevel.com.au

Give your court­yard or fire­place a quick up­date with the ‘Aldsworth’ pot lad­der, $168, and Iris Hantverk fire­place tool set, $488, both from Amara. 1800 021 109; au.amara.com

Revel in crisp win­ter af­ter­noons with a cosy spot by an open fi­fire. We love Tait’s Breeze sofa, from $3760, and Bird­cabin, $220, which is de­signed to keep small native nest­ing birds safe from un­wanted preda­tors like my­nas. made­by­tait.com.au

With de­signs that in­clude stripes and ikat in clas­sic colour­ways, No Chintz’s out­door fab­ric range packs a pretty pic­nic scene. From $17.50 per me­tre. nochintz.com

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