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Courtyard Gardens Adelaide

The city of Adelaide has changed in the past ten years , we have seen a growing trend towards inner city living - seeing a dramatic growth toward apartment/ town house living. For the majority of new home buyers , the traditional large backyard is gone , being replaced by courtyard, balcony gardens. At Uniq Spaces we are small garden specialists we can design, deliver and install anything from a range of pots and plants or even live walls for a balcony garden to a garden design and installation for a larger home.  We understand stand there are some aspects to consider when installing a balcony garden , like weight restrictions drainage and wind. 

our eye for detail will ensure you have the best looking courtyard or balcony garden. 

Courtyard Garden Design 

SEPARATE WANT FROM NEED

Be realistic about what you really need from the space, because every inch counts and there’s no room to waste on an extra seating area that won’t be used, or a patch of lawn that’s not large enough to provide anything except a maintenance hassle. In deciding what you need, look at how you live and entertain; clients often request a dining table, but on reflection, conclude that the relaxed way they live is far more conducive to a lounge setting. Sometimes it’s possible to compromise with multipurpose pieces like built-in seating, which can be used for lounging, then paired with a collapsible table or similar when dining outdoors.

KEEP MATERIALS SIMPLE

The last thing you want in a small space like a courtyard is visual clutter, so it’s crucial to keep the palette of materials simple, consistent and concise, from the flooring (large-format pavers look best) to the boundary fences, which are much more noticeable in a smaller space. The devil is very much in the detail here; while in a larger garden, there is plenty of room and different features to draw the eye, there’s nowhere to hide in a courtyard and any scruffy bits will stand out like a sore thumb. The secret is to keep it simple, without too much busyness, and to make sure every detail is spot on.

PLANTING FOR A SMALL SPACE

More than perhaps any other garden space, a courtyard planting scheme is driven by what’s going on in the neighbourhood around it. It’s likely that the view from the courtyard will be of the neighbours’ walls or gardens, so planting for privacy – with tall screening plants or a feature tree – becomes the number one priority. Balanced with this, it’s important that plantings make the most of sunlight, especially in winter, as dark and cold are common complaints of courtyards.

 

With only a little room to grow, there’s still plenty that can be done with plants to make the most of a courtyard. Climbers can be extended above the fenceline (with the neighbours’ permission) to increase privacy, or used to create a low-maintenance green wall. Ground-level beds can be extended out from the boundaries to balance out the hard materials and create a feeling of journey through the space. Different types and sizes of foliage can be layered, or pops of colour can be added to delight the eye.

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Low Maintenance Gardens Adelaide 

 
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Low Maintenance Garden Design Adelaide 

A Xeriscape Garden is a system that reduces the need for  supplemental watering from an irrigation system . It is used in areas which do not have easily accessible or plentiful water supply or where the climate is such that it  goes through periods where low rainfall and high temperatures. 

There are a number of different elements to consider when designing and installing these types of gardens , these can include :

Soil Type, including the  PH level and taking into consideration the type of garden you want to create , whether it is topical , native or something more contemporary.Plants will benefit form the introduction of mulch which help the plants in two ways, adding additional nutrients to the soil and also help with the retention of water, thereby reducing water usage by the irrigation system. 

It is important for plants to fit the existing soil, for instance its going to be an expensive operation to create slush tropical garden if your living close to Adelaide's  foreshore , the sandy soil doesn't provide enough minerals , ph level of soil sub straight conditions not to mention the high drainage rate of the sandy soil for this to occur . In this case a native garden maybe your best alternative. The Department of Environment , Water and Natural Resources ,  South Australia provide a nursery catalogue detailing the appropriate soil, PH, water conditions for many native plants,that would these type of conditions ,  there is an attached PDF at the bottom of this page. 

Irrigation System ,  image shows an irrigation system where water is transported from the roof catchment area to storage in large tanks . This water is then used for irrigating the garden . Once water supply is sufficient in tanks it is the supply to the garden broken up into different zones , in this case one being garden bed and one being lawn , though in most case it will be multiple zones. 

Mulch  holds misture and protects the soil from crusting , minuses evaporation and has some effect on minimising the growth of weeds. depth of mulch should be atlas 100mm . 

Design : before any garden installation occurs , atlas a basic design should be drawn , showing elements such as house driveway , pathways existing trees  and should show planting plant , irrigation plan and lawned area etc . It should also be taken into account where light and shade travel throughout the day in respect to planting plan and lawn type etc 

Pool Landscaping 

 

As a homeowner, you are always looking for the next great way to add ambiance and beauty to your home. You spend countless hours choosing the right colors for your walls and you meticulously care for your flooring, so it would seem only natural for you to spend the same amount of time working in your yard. Your landscaping is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your home, and it is also the first thing that you will notice when you walk outdoors. With this in mind, here are a few ideas about landscaping your backyard and your swimming pool area. Hopefully these will inspire you to reach new heights when it comes to landscaping your backyard living environment!

Natural Stone 

Natural stone is a great way to add boundaries and beauty to your yard. 

Check these links to great suppliers , below. 

Plants

Vegetation is always a good thing to have in your yard. Why not embrace the heat, and the area that we love, by installing region specific plants, such as succulents? These types of plants do not require a large amount of water and offer a great color for your yard. If this is not something you would like, take a walk on the wild side and add a few palm trees

Garden Lighting 

New Home Landscaping 

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