Commercial Landscaping

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Commercial jobs and settings for business enterprises differ in their briefs.  Resource consents, from small garages to large commercial enterprises have different rules, wants and needs. Formal rest home gardens with colourful displays and exotic planting are a joy to create and view, but are labour intensive.

We have been involved in creating the settings for Ryman Healthcare’s 21 villages from Whangarei to Invercargill, and our association with them goes back nearly 20 years.

Developments to meet council regulations can sometimes be a mind field of rules and regulations. We can help, and have been involved with the landscape of many different developments from, Dentist rooms, large retail complexes, sport stadiums, warehouses, industrial subdivisions, business parks and more. We can create a functional setting to enhance your business and property.

Retirement Village Gardens

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We are proud to have been associated with the design and planting of Ryman’s 21 Villages throughout New Zealand and their awards winning gardens, from Invercargill to Whangarei. Because of their wide range of climatic variations present throughout the country we are confident that we can create a garden in almost any terrain or area.

We also have experience in a wide range of amenities from; golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, pools, indoor plantings and large atriums.

Here are a few examples taken from a variety of villages.

Pottager Gardens

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Raised gardens are a practical option for those who want to save their backs and enjoy the pleasure of growing your own vegetables.

The Amuri or Limestone chip paths frame the raised boxes and provide necessary access to pick those vegetables on a winter’s day or provide access for those tools and wheelbarrow.

Gone are the days of when the vegetable garden was hidden at the back of a site. These gardens can be planned, be practical and a visual asset too. Large herb urns or strawberry planters can be a focal point. Surrounding hedges i.e. feijoas, cranberries, rosemary, lavender and other herbs can also be productive in the own right.

A sustainable garden can be achieved. Glasshouse and compost bins can be included in the scheme. While standard forms e.g. topiary bay trees, box hedges, roses, and herbs can all enhance a formal design if required. Follow the trend and grow your own…

Tennis Court

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In the beginning… the neighbours house and fantastic red barn are in full view from this lifestyle block. There is no sign of the garden or tennis court out back.

The court was prepared and laid before the driveway was completed to protect the surface of the sealed driveway from any damages from construction vehicles and equipment.

This area can be seen in its infancy. Native mounds screen the court at one end and tie in with the other natives in the wider gardens. But the tennis court area has remained an area where perennials flourish. Roses climb upwards on the tennis poles and help soften the wires. Mexican Orange Blossom are now formed and clipped, and Robinia ‘Mop Top’s frame each service line.

A heavy Pergola marches out from the back door to this area. A 3m wide Amuri stone path also acts as a Petanque Court for those that prefer a less energetic pursuit. Wisteria/ Laburnum and even a Kiwifruit or two now entwine over this pergola.

A gazebo has appeared out the back of the court. The power is even out there for a spa or tennis court lighting. The gazebo is a picture in the summer with the older fashioned climbing roses ‘Claire Martin’ and standard and bush ‘Strawberry Ice’ roses encircle by the Escallonia hedge.

The post and rail fence behind the gazebo hides the new beginnings of an espaliered Lime tree walk and new Orchard area. The cattle have gone, but the three other paddocks offer grazing for the neighbour’s horses. The putting green and sand bunker do not get much use now, but the playground is still a favourite in the eyes of children.

Pathways and Features


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Amuri stone/limechip path is beginning. Treated timber edging is set out according to dimensions. Some digging and energy is required! Stone paths must all be compacted, levelled and prepared in the much same way as other paths. The waterless pond can be seen in the background and so can the neighbour’s house.

Some years later…

The Viburnum box hedges are well grown. The perennials are established. Climbing roses are marching up the pergola. The weeping silver pears set off the entry to the little office courtyard and the reticulating water feature is a focal point at the centre of the vista. The standard Icebergs and lavender herald the way from the opposite aspect past the herb garden outside the kitchen. Summer or winter this area still retains a special image.

No sign of the neighbours now.

Plant Combinations


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Some form of accent often helps brighten and entry point. The old fashioned Geraniums often do well in a container of some sort!

Added perennials can highlight the various seasons as shown by the autumn flowering Anemone hybrid.

Seasonal colour can also be added with spectacular foliage of some species, for instance here the weeping Maple and Dogwood.

Hanmer Springs Holiday Home


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This little Hanmer Garden had no outside living or garden when I was first asked to plan for future enjoyment. It was exposed to the street. The brief was to screen off some of the area, especially outside the bedroom, whilst leaving the wider view open to Conical Hill. Plus the garden had to be easy care and fairly self sustainable, as it was a holiday home and Hanmer has extremes of temperature.

Now the Wisteria/Clematis well covers the small bedroom deck courtyard and trellis provides shelter from the sun and wind, and ‘L’ shaped seating gives a place to sit and enjoy some shade and privacy.

The Silver birches are now well grown, but their open habit and deciduous nature do not screen out valuable winter sun. The open wrought iron fence does not close in the section from view, but now keeps the grandchildren and dog contained.

The back area is not uninteresting too, and can be viewed from the rear window. A large urn flanked by two Weeping Silver Pears just adds to the charm.

Ellerslie Flower Show

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Our Aims and Objectives to meet Ryman Healthcare’s “High Tea in the Garden” Brief were to: –

To create a garden that will utilize a more traditional style of exotic flowering plant species, set within a functional modern design. A courtyard garden for the show, that effectively utilizes a smaller garden space, now often required by clients.

There will be a balance between the old and the new.  A place to enjoy the ambience of a garden…. a quiet cup of tea, a meal, a chat, a drink in front of the fire with friends, a party.

A place to heighten the senses. To enjoy the fragrance, colour and texture of the various plantings. To listen to the babble of the fountains, enjoy the reflections in the ponds. To appreciate the soft lighting and relatively easy care elements of this modern design.

This can be seen as a garden for all seasons, but will have an added seasonal flair to reflect Ellerslie’s Autumn Season.

I think that these photos speak for themselves, showing lots of flowering plants, perennials, set within a modern courtyard design.

Driveway Landscaping


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On this lifestyle block the mounds at the front entry were the first gardens to be planted. Large volcanic rocks were put in place with a loader and mounds formed. The before and after shots show how the native plants have grown very quickly established themselves.

The driveway; in the beginning there was the loader… The preparation and sowing of the front lawns was next, everyone helped. The driveway trees are planted, but there is no formed drive yet. But soon, with the passage of a few short years, the curved driveway is in, and the ‘bridge’ is a feature between the pond and the bog garden opposite.

The cut leaf plane trees have now established well to create a grand entry to enhance the journey to the front door.

Pond Construction


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A loader waits at the ready and the dog enjoys her bone on the barren dirt. There are lots of issues to be sorted out before the work can be started. But progress is being made. The old poplar shelter line which went through this pond had to be sprayed off continually as new growth appeared, and the so called pond, remained partially formed, but empty for 4 years.

But now the house next door is hardly visible, hidden by a series of overlapping mounds. The swallows’ dart back and forth over the shallow water. A Pukeko stalks its territory, while the bird feeder nestles well into the shrubbery. The island was a haven for nesting ducks and now is a Pukeko territory. But even the ducks are not keen to enjoy the pond in this weather!

A flat bottom boat nestles into the bank for the grandchildren to enjoy when they visit. The bridge spans the driveway and is flanked by the ‘bog’ garden. A fountain now plays in the little pond, by the arched bridge.

The pond now is a highlight to the journey to the front door. At night, soft lighting under the bridge gives the water and the bridge a special hue and the reflections in the pond on a still morning are awesome. The final plan visions have been achieved.

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