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