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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Gardening *TIP OF THE WEEK* Indoor plant watering

Indoor plants will require less watering over the colder winter periods. Test soil with the back of your hand, if it feels damp on the surface then watering is not usually necessary. Usually watering indoor plants once every 2 weeks is fine, some varieties will always use alot of water so this is a general rule.

Move cold sensetive plants, if possible, into rooms within your home that are well lit and warm. Take care with indoor heaters and fire places to not burn your plants or lead the plants to be underwatered in a high humidity situation.

To discuss your indoor planting requirements contact NZLANDSCAPES here.

Monday, May 30, 2005


Landscape Garden and design photos. Landscape design concepts and planting plans. Auckland, New Zealand NZ. NZLANDSCAPES.COM

Melville Residence Landscape Consultation. New Zealand.

Project no. 235. Melville Residence, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Stage 1: Landscape consultation / client brief.

The client in this case was in a panic! As well as being in dire need of some assistance helping her decide what to do with the somewhat destructed rear area to her yard, she also had no idea where to start designing, or where to go to get plants and stone.

Her former back yard was reduced to a pile of earth and a huge hole where large sections of concrete were removed from where previous home owners had laid large blocks for vehicular parking. Also, recovered from the excavation were some six hundred or so (previously used) paving stones that she hoped would be able to be incorporated into the final landscape design.

There are also two healthy Cordyline australis in the area to be retained, so the idea was also to be to include these current plantings amongst the plantings suggested by the designer.

Predominantly New Zealand native plant species were to be used in combination with New Zealand stone.

The design brief:

- Create relaxed living areas that are comfortable, and that entice you into experiencing the spaces

- Flow between both indoor and outdoor living areas

- Natural flow between separate areas within the garden itself

- Use of screening to provide privacy for the occupants, shelter for young plants and division between garden spaces

- Reflect and accent character within the current architecture of the home through to the garden using colour and angles

- Create a low maintenance landscape that has all year round charm

- Select plant types that change through the seasons with vibrant plant foliage and staggered flowering times

- Provide Entertaining areas for seating and the use of BBQ

- Problem solve where to place clothes line and various amenities such as garbage, recycling, dog kennel

- Give Plant maintenance schedules for selected plantings

Stage 2: Concept plans and sketches.

Several concept sketches were produced offering various ideas for plant placement and hard surface layout. Plant varieties are suggested and quick sketches developed to give the client an idea of what the final landscape will look like

Upon approval of the concept drawings, the client has the option of moving on to the next stage of the design process where all plans are drawn to scale and all plants and landscape products are detailed in full.

Stage 3: Master plans and Plant plans.

Master plans were developed from the initial landscape consultation, concept drawings and sketches.

The client brief listed very common landscaping requirements:

- Balance between space and flow between areas

- Plant types and landscape products that keep with the current styles of the residential structure

- Low maintenance landscaping

Using bold, bright, lush foliage of native New Zealand plant species against the subtle tones of New Zealand river stone, the essence of New Zealand is produced within the living environment.

Noticeable elements within the Master plan reflect the naturally occurring plant contrasts seen in New Zealand native forests. Emphasis within the landscape design is focused on natural balance, using curved and straight lines within the landscape that reflect the structural styles of the residence. The landscape design produced provides an extension of the usable living areas while keeping with the current structural design elements being used.

Shown are some of the drawings, sketches and plans created for Project no.235. Also some photos of the landscape design completed showing just less than two years growth.

To contact us about any landscaping requirements link here.

Preliminary On-site Free Concept Sketch. Landscape design Auckland, New Zealand. NZ.

Preliminary landscape design sketch free on- site with any landscape consultation. Landscaping in Auckland, New Zealand. NZLANDSCAPES.COM. Our landscape design team develop landscape concept plans 'On the spot' this helps us to ascertain the client breif. On-site quick sketches are free of charge. Contact a Designer here.EMAIL NZLANDSCAPES DESIGNER

Landscape planting plan. New Zealand landscaping. NZLANDSCAPES.

Planting plan. Landscape designers, NZLANDSCAPES.COM. Auckland, New Zealand NZ. We provide detailed, client specific, planting plans and garden layout plans with specifications listed for plant health requiremments. You can contact us at nzlandscapes about planting plans or plant solutions here.


Landscaping using NZ native plants. NZLANDSCAPES.COM landscape designers garden photos. Create harmony and balance using New Zealand native plants and stone. NZLANDSCAPES landscape designers can assist you with your landscaping requirements.

New Zealand Grasses. Phormium. Landscape Design. NZ. Photos.

Landscaping with NZ native grasses provides all year round garden colour. With the use of varied in size native stone as a groundcover the landscape takes on a natural river bed aspect.
Landscape design can determine hard landscaping requirements. Contact us here if you require assistance with measuring hard landscaping area and elements.

HARD LANDSCAPING. NZ. Landscape design.

Emphasise particular hard landscaping elements to give harmony to the plant varieties ultimately creates landscape design with a timeless quality. Landscape design determines the tonal qualities of plants and defines the appropriate hard landscaping themes to work with. Designing the hard landscaped, paved or aggregate / stone areas to reflect the plant colours and tonal or textural qualities will provide a constant landscape balance. To contact a hard landscape specialist click here.

NZ PLANT VARIETIES / Planting Combinations.

NZ plant varieties shown here include Hebe, Cordyline, Ake Ake, Carex. Combining plant colours with complimentary leaf textures gives a relaxed natural feel to this garden. Landscape design by NZLANDSCAPES.COM.

LANDSCAPE PHOTOS. Landscape design ideas. New Zealand.

Use relaxed garden borders to create a natural edge to garden beds. Landscaping uses determine the garden structure. With landscape uses established the landscape design can evolve from the structure of the landscape requirements. Layout plans are developed from the structural landscape requirements. To contact us about landscaping click HERE.

LANDSCAPE PHOTOS. NZ Colour in the garden.

With the use of colourful nz native plant varieties the landscape is subtle yet vibrant. With constant seasonal colour and flowering times, New Zealand native plant species provide continual garden delight.
Landscape designing with consideration to plant color and textural qualities make NZLANDSAPES.COM landscape design unique. To contact one of the NZLANDSCAPES designers click here.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

PLANT OF THE WEEK. Astelia nervosa "Westland"

Astelia nervosa'Westland'. Coloured nz native plants provide constant garden couour in NZ landscapes and gardens.

Plant of the week. Astelia nervosa'Westland'

This weeks plant of the week is Astelia nervosa'Westland'.
The Astelia plant family has many unique plants all with their own particular charm.
Astelia nervosa'Westland' shines with stunning colour and texture. With thin, narrow growing foliage and low growing habit, this hardy, highly attractive New Zealand plant gains plenty of attention in any garden setting.
Glimmering Silver/Bronze/Purple foliage gives off a sheen under any light. The Astelia's foliage lends to many planting themes. Commonly seen in native New Zealand Plant Design is now also seen to be used more often in the modern landscape setting.
Astelia nevosa'Westland' is particullarly dramatic under lights when planted to enhance viewer experiences within a night time garden scene.
Once hard to find, the Astelia family is now available to keen gardeners and landscape gardeners alike.

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Essential lawn care for winter. Cut lawns at 4-5cm at the start of cold weather. NZLANDSCAPES.COM

Seasonal Lawn/Turf care.

Autumn / Winter Lawn preparation.

Following simple lawn care steps will ensure that your lawn survives even the toughest of winters.

The winter season can be hard on lawns and grassed areas. Even though most turf grasses are tough and deep rooted, even the healthiest lawn is vulnerable to fungal disease, compaction from vehicle and foot traffic, un-seasonal dry periods, frost damage and sunburn.

Patches of browning and yellowing areas in your lawn are signs of these problems and will become more obvious as spring growth starts and these effected patches refuse to grow.

Most of these problems can be avoided by following some easy steps to protect your lawn and prevent ongoing problems associated with poor lawn care.

The most important measure to take in winter is the removal of all leaf matter from the lawn area. Leaves left on the ground / lawn will get damp and turn into a mat on the lawn, these wet leaves will kill the grass beneath them, as well as provide an environment for fungal disease to grow.

Clean up leaves either by raking them up and adding the leaves to your compost pile/bins, or mulch mowing the leaves so they are broken up finely, the mulched leaves will break down much easier and return directly into the top soil layer (Recommended for large properties).

Aerating soils and over seeding lawn during early autumn will help strengthen and invigorate lawns. Broad cast seed by hand or distribute seed using a seeding machine/spreader. By doing this you will increase lawn thickness and provide new healthy spring growth that is more disease and pest resistant.

An application of high phosphorus winter fertiliser just as the weather gets cold in late autumn, follow up two weeks later with an application of lime on soils that are high acid (Never fertilise and lime at the same time). The application of lime will help stimulate root growth. The roots on most grasses continue to grow even as the top growth has slowed down.

On the last cut before winter really kicks off, mow grass at a height of approximately 4-5 cm. If you leave the grass any taller it will tend to cause the grass to fall over in wet and frosty situations, forming matted clumps of grass that can harbor fungal disease.

Watering is also essential to your lawns health during Autumn/Winter. When rainfall is lower through the autumn and winter months, the soils can dry out considerably. Water your entire lawn to increase moisture content in soil for over winter. Generally soils that are moist to a depth of 15cm are perfect. Take care not to over water your lawn as this may lead to further problems with soil structure. During dry periods water at least every 7-10 days. Avoid walking on saturated grass as this will cause compaction of soils and turns lawn into soggy, muddy, sludge. Provide clearly marked paths and driveways for pedestrians and motorists.

Areas of your lawn that have become compacted over winter can be aerated before the weather warms up and growth starts. Use a garden fork to aerate the soil and keep foot traffic off the aerated areas.

Following these basic guidelines will help you produce stunning, lush, green lawns all year round.

Gardening *TIP OF THE WEEK* Rose pruning NZ.

When pruning roses make sure your tools are sharp, good tool maintenance will ensure you lower the risk of spreading disease between plants and leave cuts cleaner so they can heal fast, without further threat of disease entering through poorly cut wood and rough wounds.
Loppers, secataurs, and pruning saws can be kept clean of disease when moving from one plant to the next by spraying the cutting surface of all your tool's with methylated spirits between plants.
If you require assistance with roses you can contact us at HERE.

Friday, May 27, 2005


There are several design projects currently in the works with NZLANDSCAPES.

Landscape designs in progress will be showcased here over the next coming weeks.

The latest design we are working on is for a private residential home.

Project number: 254. Private residence, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Below is a description of the client brief and design schedule to date.

Stage 1: Consultation.

During the Landscape consultation with the client the designer concluded through observation that there currently lays an empty canvas for design within this newly built residential landscape.

Concentration on the front garden / entranceway was the client’s main landscape requirement with future plans to develop the side and rear gardens within the property at a later date. Future landscape design includes the addition of timber decking areas for entertaining in the more private area at the rear of the residence, along with private swimming pool and surrounding landscaping.

Stage 2: Client brief

The client brief is quite straight forward at this stage. Create a relaxed, inviting entranceway using New Zealand native plants and stone.

During the landscape design consultation the designer was encouraged by the client to incorporate within the design the following:

Water in the form of a garden feature, wall of water, bowl of water

Foliage drama using colour and texture

Natural stone placement for balance

Design considering current hard surfacing

These requirements are to be the basis for our designer to prepare the concept plan.

All of the elements used within the landscape design are to be of a natural essence, preferably using New Zealand Native plants and stone.

Stage3. Concept plans

Our landscape designer now prepares a concept plan and concept sketches

So far the designer has produced sketches offering options for landscape features and general garden lay out. The client may be interested in using some of or all of the design elements offered to complete their landscape.

Stage 4: Client input / feedback

From here the client views the concept drawings and decides on elements within the design concepts they would like to incorporate, along with the elimination of the design elements that are not to their taste or preference.

With discussions between designer and client having taken place, the elements that have been chosen from the concept plans can then be taken to the next design stage.

Stage 5: Master plans

The designer will produce scaled landscape plans for contractors to work from, or plans drawn to specifically enable the client to work from the landscape plans and install the garden themselves. Landscape master plans will include the following:

- Landscape Master Plan, drawn to scale, showing garden layout, hard surfaces, fencing, landscape features, and general planting lay out.

- Planting Plans, also drawn to scale. Included with plant plans are plant lists showing P.B. (Plastic bag) sizes and quantities of plants, along with plant details including mature plant size, nutritional requirements, and environmental requirements.

- Any Landscape design sketches produced, including perspective sketches and quick sketches to clarify design elements.

- Garden maintenance schedule, times to prune particular plant varieties, seasonal plantings, plant and garden health requirements.

Landscape Preliminary Concept Sketch. NZ landscapers.

Project 254. Concept quick sketch. Landscape ideas for New Zealand gardens developed by NZLANDSCAPES.COM.

Landscape Perspective Quick Sketch. NZ Landscape design.

Project 254. Preliminary perspective sketch. Garden styles are determined with preliminary sketches. NZLANDSCAPES.COM.

Landscape Perspective Sketch

Project 254. Perspective sketch

Plant Plans. NZLANDSCAPES Landscape designers Auckland. NZ.

Project 254. Planting plan. Planting plans and layout plans for New Zealand. NZLANDSCAPES.COM. Auckland Landscape designers. NZ. Contact a NZLANDSCAPES designer here. Individual landscape planting plans are established for clients with their specific planting requirements considered.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Mahurangi Estate Winery - Panoramic Views NZ

One hour north of Auckland City you will find panoramic views with breath-taking New Zealand scenery and stunning green kiwi landscapes. Mahurangi Estate Winery offers a selection of locally produced wines from their winery in the north Island of New Zealand.


Views from Mahurangi Estate Winery, Matakana, Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand.


This is the first post for NZLANDSCAPES. This blog will help to inform customers and associates of NZLANDSCAPES and anyone else interested in following the progress of our current landscape design projects along with any useful information and ideas as they come to hand.

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Please visit our web site for more Photos and general information on the landscape design services available.
Our aim is to create landscapes that best suit individual client needs. Our friendly, experienced, knowledgable representatives are here to take care of your landscaping requirements.

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