Get the cut­ting edge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - Sara Fitz­patrick

ARE you look­ing to up­date your back­yard with cut­ting-edge ideas?

We spoke to the team from Tim Davies Land­scap­ing to find out the hottest gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing trends set to siz­zle in 2018.

Top 3 trends for 2018

Con­crete

There are var­i­ous fin­ishes cur­rently be­ing used with con­crete and while some clients see this as a cold prod­uct we love us­ing it as each pour is unique.

It has an earthy tone and can be worked into many ap­pli­ca­tions for floors, walls, bench tops and seats.

We are also see­ing this ma­te­rial be­ing used for pool cop­ings and sur­rounds. Coastal plant­ing

Given many Aus­tralians set­tle next to the coast, the plant­ing style needs to work with the as­pect. Low main­te­nance is a term we hear of­ten when speak­ing with clients. I think the clever use of suc­cu­lents mixed with na­tive sil­ver tones/mixed with large drifts of grasses work so well.

Earthy floor sur­faces

Earthy sur­faces such as de­com­posed gran­ite or gravel are mak­ing a trend back into the land­scape as well as nat­u­ral stones com­ing out of Europe.

Is there a trend from around the world you’d like to see boom here?

Palm Springs and a min­i­mal­ist de­sign. I think this style of so­phis­ti­cated and sleek gar­dens ap­peals to our clients’ busy life­styles and WA’S sim­i­lar cli­mate zone. Plus, it com­ple­ments the cur­rent ar­chi­tec­tural trends.

What style are you happy to see go? Clipped box hedges. Whilst there is al­ways a place for for­mal de­sign, we are see­ing less of the clipped box hedges, par­tic­u­larly given the main­te­nance in­volved. In­stead, the Buxus spheres are be­ing used more reg­u­larly to pro­vide struc­ture and form within a plant­ing com­po­si­tion. These types of plants are then con­trasted with var­i­ous fo­liages.

The Palm Springs gar­den trend suits the WA life­style.

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