For some people, gardening is a hobby, while for others, it’s an art form.

Though most gardens are at the mercy of your climate and area styling your garden is a way to channel your passion and imagination, and add value to your home at the same time.

 



The Zen Garden
 
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Japanese garden design is an art that has been refined for more than 1000 years and it’s all about creating a peaceful and harmonious space. It’s a great style for those who use their garden as a refuge and a place to contemplate, meditate and unwind.   

Likes: Reading, water features, bird watching and chess.
Dislikes: Loud noises, American sitcoms, bad manners and large dogs. 
Tip: Australian natives suitable for Zen Gardens include Birds Nest Fern, Red Bottlebrush, Dogwood, Moreton Bay Fig, Tea Tree, Wattle Mat Rush, Coastal Salt Bush, Small-leaved Lillypilly and a variety of gum trees.

The Mower’s Garden
 
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Did someone say backyard cricket? This is the perfect garden for outside activities – football, lawn bowls, backyard camping and kiss chasey – and despite the upkeep required, it’s a great garden to bring the family outside, together.

Likes: Golden retrievers, BBQs, Palametto grass (so soft underfoot!) and team sports.
Dislikes: Stilettos, museums, excessive flower beds and jazz music.
Tips: A non-grass lawn, such as Dichondra (kidney weed) gives a smooth, green lawn that doesn’t need mowing. Consider adding a feature to your garden to add interest, such as seating or a cluster of trees.

The Entertainer’s Garden
 
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The backyard for entertainers, this chic space is perfect for hosting dinner parties and events, and acts as an alfresco extension of the house.

Likes: Red wine, a good deck, mood lighting, Facebook and bubble baths.
Dislikes: An empty social calendar, garden maintenance and science fiction.  
Tip: Composite decking is a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood as it’s weather resistant, stain resistant and lightweight.

The Boho Garden
 
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This quirky garden is for the inner hippie and has a playful mix of laid-back and romantic vibes. A jumbled collection of potted plants and succulents is textbook boho, with the secret to success being to curate a space that feels un-curated. 

Likes: Fairylights, outdoor rugs, daisies, green tea and splashes of colour. 
Dislikes: Organised sport, unrestricted water use, large corporations and reality TV.
Tip: Bring ordinary household items, such as lamps and couches, outside.

The Royal Garden
 
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This stately and majestic garden is all about grandeur, and as well as impressing visitors, uses repetition (referencing visual elements over and over again) to create a sense of harmony. It should be pleasant to be in, but it should also be visually interesting to look at from outside or above.    

Likes:
Princess Catherine, hedges, the BBC channel, cricket and symmetry.  
Dislikes:
Nail biting, 'sharers', weeds and clutter.  
Tip:
the white cypress pine works well as a formal screen or windbreak and rosemary is ideal for a hedge or border.

The Vegie Garden
 
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A practical use of backyard space, this garden is for those who like the ‘simpler life’ and prefer to live sustainably. The Veggie Garden is also a good friend of the Boho Garden, because there is something a little bit retro-cool about sticking your hands in the dirt and pulling out carrots.   

Likes: Salads, fertiliser, Jamie Oliver, lady birds and saving money.
Dislikes: Genetically modified foods, aphids and too much shade.
Tip: Before starting a veggie garden, you should prep and turn the soil. Adding rich organic matter like compost, manure and fertiliser will add body and nutrition to your garden bed.