Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue 13.5 2015

Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need. Backyard covers a wide range of topics for the consumer who is doing a complete makeover. Including but not limited to Planning a Garden, Makeover Ideas, Design Advice, Water Wise Gardening, Outdoor Lighting, Pool Design, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Art, Shade Solutions and Paving Options. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's note

With the warmer weather well and truly here, it’s the perfect time to get out in the backyard and complete those projects that have been niggling away at you during the cooler months. We all know garden work can be tough going but also very rewarding, so grab your partner, friends or kids and make a day or a weekend out of it — it can be the perfect family activity and an excuse to get outdoors. There’s plenty of inspiration this issue to get you started. Our designer gardens include an impressive self-sustaining garden in Mosman, Sydney. Its standout features include a lush green wall that is fed by water from the pond and the soil-less garden. In Brisbane, we are invited into SpurTopia, a small family garden with a…

3 min
don't miss a beat

CREAM OF THE CROP Doing Australia proud at the 2015 Japan Flower and Garden Show, Melbourne-based landscape and sculpture designer, Paal Grant, was awarded best garden design for his project, The Garden of the Little Wattlebird. Drawing inspiration from the raw elements of the Australian landscape, this interesting design features a curved decking seat that hugs a stone paved “conversation area” and fire pit. Stratums of plants skirt the space, creating a feeling of sanctuary and seclusion. Featuring the dramatic flight of the Australian Wattlebird, Paal’s unique sculpture makes a striking backdrop to this tranquil garden design. MADE IN THE SHADE The Aussie backyard can certainly benefit from some shade in summer but you don’t want to lose all your light. Instead of incorporating man-made shading solutions such as awnings, let plants…

3 min
the makers

ECO CHIC Designed for a leafy suburban block with a north-west aspect, Refugium by Eco Design provides a space for entertaining, relaxation and reflection. A summer pavilion sits at the heart of this urban refuge, which won a Bronze medal in the Inspirational Gardens category at the Australian Garden Show Sydney. The bluestone tiles provide thermal mass, while the pond was included to help cool hot summer breezes as well as provide a pleasing focal point. A staggered brick wall at the back of the elevated pavilion and slim vertical timber battens along one side wall provide screening and a sense of enclosure. Foliage colours are chiefly silver, purple and deep green, which work in harmony with the timber of the pavilion and the stone paving. INTO THE WOODS Dubbed Open Woodland,…

7 min
for a sustainable future

“When it comes to garden design, Roman and Jana draw on a variety of ideas: everything from raised beds, bathtubs and wicking pots to bamboo teepees, no-dig methods and even traditional garden beds” Roman and Jana are an inspirational couple who migrated from the Czech Republic five years ago to start a new life in the busy inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm. Three years later, when their beautiful daughter Lada was born, they set out to create an organic, productive environment where recycling, sustainability and self-sufficiency were at the centre of their daily lives. As Roman puts it, “Lada was the inspiration for us to show her that we were doing something positive to save the planet at a time in her young life when climate change was really something we needed to…

6 min
the growing family

Debbie and Paul Aitcheson and their sons Cooper and Bailey are all involved in their family business, The Chilli Patch. She says it has been a rewarding experience raising her two boys and establishing The Chilli Patch. “Growing plants and selling them at markets has taught the boys valuable life lessons such as responsibility, caring, giving, looking after each other and learning how their food grows.” The Aitchesons’ two-acre patch is a cornucopia of edibles and they all love nothing more than to step outside and pick a bowl of greens for a salad for the evening meal. In the 20 years they have lived there they’ve battled through the weather extremes Queenslanders know too well. “Summer days of 40°C are a frequent occurrence and winter nights that plummet to -6°C…

2 min
green & gorgeous

The owners of this serene inner-city courtyard sought to create a contemporary, private and low-maintenance garden space that was suited to outdoor entertaining. They also wanted the living area to incorporate a centrepiece that drew the eye, which, in this case, was a custom-made floating stone bench seating and elegant water element. They called on boutique landscaping company Bell Landscapes to design and construct the entire project and bring their vision to life. “Being an inner-city terrace, privacy was critical, so we endeavoured to create a private sanctuary where the owners could relax, entertain and enjoy the space with minimal maintenance,” says Mark Bell, director of Bell landscapes. In order to create a sense of privacy, bamboo and Elaeocarpus plants were used to provide height and seclusion while also protecting them…