Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#15.1 2017

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

2 min
editor's note

There’s no doubt that the backyard, outdoor room, patio, courtyard or whatever you want to call it has taken centre stage in recent years. It’s no longer the afterthought of a renovation or new build but an extension of indoor living spaces — a place to relax, play and entertain. This is super, of course. My only concern is that backyards are becoming a bit heavy on the hardscaping while planting is being left by the wayside. Planting imparts mystery, romance and even a little bit of magic to the backyard and I really think this is something we should keep in mind when designing a space. The Makers in this issue shows how you can add romance to your backyard with some simple tips. Outdoor lighting is a great way to…

3 min
don't miss a beat

FOLLOW US TRÈS BON Celebrity gardener Paul Bangay has designed a new garden entrance to the National Gallery of Australia to celebrate the exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace. Taking inspiration from the opulence of the Orangerie at Versailles, Bangay has created an avenue of pleached Pyrus sculptural urns paired with large date palms. “I have tried to capture the scale and essence of the historic gardens and to evoke that feeling of grandeur and formality you get when you are in Versailles,” says Paul. “The gardens in Versailles are an inspiration to my work and it’s wonderful to be collaborating with the NGA on a little slice of France outside the main entrance.” FRIENDS OF THE BUSH New guidelines have been developed to help restore feeding habitats for threatened birds and mammals,…

4 min
the makers

HANGING OUT What could be more romantic than a lazy swing in a soft pretty hammock? This resortstyle hammock is made from soft lightweight cotton, with interwoven crocheted tassels and double-braided hangers. It has a quirky boho vibe. The soft breathable cotton allows cooling breezes to flow through. It’s simple to attach between a couple of leafy trees; then pop on a comfortable pillow or two, grab a throw rug and spend a lazy afternoon recharging your batteries. Or you can buy a freestanding hammock frame and take it with you on a romantic picnic for two to create a relaxing getaway wherever you go. PATH TO TRUE LOVE Sometimes romance can be a journey to far-flung exotic places — here, it’s all part of a short stroll down a pretty garden…

5 min
kids in the garden

When we opened our own garden to the public a couple of years ago through Open Gardens Australia we watched to see what people gravitated to. The answer was unexpected and it made me think a lot more about the relationship between children and natural spaces. Over the weekend the garden was open, visitors — adults and children alike — were attracted to the bits specifically incorporated for our kids’ sakes. If you’re like us, keen to encourage natural play rather than hours spent indoors in front of a screen, you might find the following helpful. It’s what we’ve done, and done cheaply, and it seems to be working. As a professional, I’m often asked to design and build landscapes with children in mind. As I’m also a parent, I often refer…

6 min
small but mighty

A few weeks ago an old gardening friend phoned me, asking at one point, “What are you growing this year?” She’s someone who really knows our garden, because we’re always fooling around with new plants, especially new veggie varieties, in our small, green patch in Sydney’s inner west. We’ve been here 22 years now and our story is a happy one of constant change. During the first 10 years, the lawn shrank and shrank as the garden beds grew ever wider. Then one day the lawn finally disappeared altogether — replaced by a pathway down the centre of the yard, with little tippy-toe paths off to the side here and there to let us access the small beds. That was the “big renovation”, but since then we’ve been happily growing all sorts…

3 min
in the zone

Landscape design is all about making a space more usable and, of course, more beautiful in the process and there’s no doubt this property in Bardwell Valley, NSW required more than a little TLC. “When the homeowners first walked into their finished garden, they said it was the first time they’d seen the new extension from the rear of their house as they’d been too scared to enter the garden before,” recalls Kevin Quelch, landscape designer and owner of inovasis design. Due to the steep slope of the property, the rain run-off from the house and driveway presented a major issue, flooding the garden and turning it into a “dangerous, weedinfested bog”. Often nature itself provides the best solution to a problem and here was no exception — with a little help,…