Dale Vine shares his tips for ur­ban gar­den de­sign.

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Dale Vine shares his tips for subur­ban gar­dens.

1 FUNC­TIONAL DE­SIGN New homes typ­i­cally have less room for yards so your de­sign needs to be smart. Ask what you’ll use the space for – kids play, en­ter­tain­ing, ve­g­ies – and pick a main func­tion­al­ity, in­cor­po­rat­ing bits of the rest.

2 PRI­VACY Plant a screen­ing hedge or trees to block out on­look­ers’ views. De­cid­u­ous trees will re­strict views in sum­mer when you’re likely to be out there, but let sun­light through in win­ter.

3 THE CON­CRETE JUN­GLE Apart­ment dwellers re­stricted to bal­conies and small court­yards for their out­door ar­eas can use pots to house herbs and flow­ers, or even small trees.

4 COM­BI­NA­TION PLANTS With re­duced gar­den ar­eas, it’s great to use plants that com­bine uses. For in­stance, a fruit tree can also be used for shade.

5 NO-DIG VE­G­IES If you want to grow ve­g­ies in a subur­ban plot, no-dig, raised beds are ideal. Re­cy­cled plas­tic-lined tim­ber fruit pack­ing crates work well.

6 BI­FOLD CON­NEC­TIONS Bi­fold doors con­nect in­side rooms with out­door ar­eas seam­lessly – great for in­creas­ing the size and feel into a larger sin­gle space.

7 UN­DER­COVER AR­EAS By putting a roof on an out­door area you’re ex­tend­ing its us­able pe­riod. Add a heat­ing de­vice for year-round com­fort.

8 BRING­ING BACK FAUNA In­flu­ence wildlife to take habi­tat in our subur­ban yards by plant­ing more na­tive species. This will help im­prove our ecol­ogy in city ar­eas and bring our gar­dens back to life.

9 PER­ME­ABLE SUR­FACES Stone top­pings can be com­pacted with a vi­brat­ing plate to pro­vide a solid sur­face that will al­low rain­fall to pass through, adding back to the nat­u­ral wa­ter table.

10 UTIL­IS­ING VER­TI­CAL SPACE In­cor­po­rat­ing ver­ti­cal gar­den planters such as green wall sys­tems and hang­ing planters into subur­ban gar­dens is a great way to utilise space and will also in­su­late walls from ex­treme weather.

Es­cape plan Us­ing per­me­able sur­faces will help re­duce in­ner-city flash floods.

Se­cret gar­den Clever plant­ing will en­sure pri­vacy and nat­u­ral light.

Green room

Bi­folds make both in­door and out­door spa­ces ap­pear big­ger.

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