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.

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.

Lifestyle Block Gardens

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Lifestyle blocks come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some before and after shots of some planned gardens.

A garden is a living dynamic, nothing stays the same. But if you plan for tomorrow, you and others will get the benefits of creating a beautiful setting that future generations can enjoy.

Lifestyle blocks can offer lots of challenges and contain many different briefs. Everyone has their own ideas of the perfect setting.

But we can help you achieve your goals. Make your dreams a reality, by achieving the setting to suit your lifestyle.

Some briefs can be more difficult to achieve. I bet the guys here in the photo did not think that a trip in a dingy to plant an island would have been on their job description! But I do feel sure the final landscape will be worth the effort.

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