Your new home has been built and it’s now time to focus on landscaping your property. Remember, what surrounds your home should be just as important as what is in it.

A well-landscaped front and backyard can add immense value to your property when it comes time to sell. It can also add colour, texture and fragrance as well as compliment the design of your new home.



When you’re in the process of landscaping be sure to consider your lifestyle and family requirements.

For example, if you’re a keen cook consider planting a vegetable garden. If you love being outdoors and in the garden consider putting a stone or timber seat or even a birdbath in your garden. And if you have young children you might consider putting in a playground, sandbox or even leaving a large grass area vacant for them to play on.


As they say, first impressions are important. Your front yard is the first thing you and other people will see when arriving at your home. Therefore, it’s important for it to be a well thought out space.

Some ways to spruce up this space could include garden ornaments, a stone pathway, a stone or wooden letterbox or garden hedging.



While some people will build fences for privacy reasons, others will put a fence around their property for aesthetic purposes only. Some fencing options include brush fencing, picket fencing, aluminium fencing, timber slat fencing, brick fencing or glass fencing.


Your backyard is the perfect place to enjoy fun activities with your family. For example, if your family loves playing sport you could build a basketball or tennis court on your property.


Choosing the right plants for your garden will ultimately determine the look and feel of your outdoor space. If you don’t have a lot of time to put towards your garden be sure to choose plants that don’t require a lot of care. Succulents are a good example of this. They require only indirect sunlight and they store water, meaning you won’t have to water them everyday. They are also ideal plants to keep indoors.



Using your garden for relaxation purposes is the easiest way to enjoy your outdoor space. Relax in your backyard with a day bed or hammock hung between the trees.

Alternatively, set up a fire pit in your backyard where you can toast marshmallows on a nice night with friends.

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With the sunshine and warmth that our climate affords, why wouldn’t you want to relax and entertain outdoors?
Draw people outside with some of our landscaping and design ideas to help make your garden a destination.
Ravenswood - Alfresco

The stunning Alfresco of the Ravenswood display in Mickleham.

Use Pavers

There are number of benefits to using pavers to create a space conducive to relaxation and entertaining.  The versatility of using pavers can fit in with lots of different design ideas, patterns, colours and textures depending on your taste.  Using bricks, limestone, cobblestone, granite or slate, are not only highly durable but the decorative pattern and colour potential is endless.

Time poor? Low maintenance is best

Lawn requires constant mowing and fertilising to keep it looking lush and healthy.  Pavers can be a much better option for the time deprived.

The great news is that for those less gifted with the green thumb, there are plants that thrive on neglect and that will survive in a range of soil and weather conditions.

Horticulturist and TV presenter, Jody Rigby says that planning a low maintenance garden requires a bit of planning to decipher the consistency of soil and their position in relation to the sun.

“Some of the most attractive plants are the toughest species that don’t require much care for maximum visual impact,” says Jody.

Make your garden a place of serenity

Adding some decorative elements to your home can have a marked difference on the atmosphere it makes.  Enhance your garden with elements that make it a destination.  Add a pergola or arbor to frame a space, place a garden daybed or breakfast setting in a sunny spot.  This will make an inviting destination for you to enjoy your breakfast or simply relax with a good book.

Use colour, enjoy design

Use colour to add some interest to your garden retreat.  Simply adding a colour as a back drop to foliage and or applying a coat of paint to old furniture can give your outdoor space a new lease on life.


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