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A well-designed garden is
one where we want to relax and spend time,
and furniture is a big part of this. "Outdoor
furniture is no longer an afterthought," says
Frank Novembre, managing director of Domo
Collections. "For many people, their backyard
furniture becomes almost like outdoor artwork
to complement their home and garden."
According to Frank, Australian homeowners
want durable outdoor furniture that won't need
replacing in a few years. " e Australian sun
and rain can be unforgiving on many fabrics
used in outdoor furniture, so it's important to
ensure your outdoor furniture is weatherproof
and made of hard-wearing materials."
bring in furniture
As a result of the State's water shortage, the emphasis
is on drought-tolerant plants, which inevitably means
Australian natives, such as acacias, kangaroo paws,
banksias, hakeas, grevilleas and eucalypts. "Waterwise
gardens start with their soil," says Annette of Evolve.
"Soil must be rich in organic matter to retain moisture for plants. Soil
improvers, soil wetting agents and mulches can be added to soil to raise
water and nutrient holding capabilities." Antony agrees: "Very simply,
planting is about good soil (introduce clay and organic matter to sandy soils),
proper reticulation (to Irrigation Australia standards, www.irrigation.org.au),
applying wetting agents (so the sandy soil can soak up water evenly) and
carefully selecting plants that will thrive in WA conditions."7
6think self-sufficiency More and more, West Australians are coming round to the
joys of having a productive garden. "Being able to pick your own fruit or a garnish of herbs for the
evening meal is such a simple, pleasurable act," says Sue Torlach of Wild About Gardens. "In the past,
a lemon tree and a square vegie patch may have been the extent of the productive garden, but today
vegetables are having their own purpose-designed spaces," she adds.
plant a tree
"Trees reduce your carbon footprint, lower the
surface temperature and are the least expensive
shade structure you can install," says Janine of
Cultivart. "Above all, it feels so much cooler and
and more inviting to be in a garden with trees."
Sue goes one step further, and suggests planting
deciduous fruit trees, which are both productive
and efficient. "Deciduous fruit trees do double duty
as passive solar aids, providing summer shade and
allowing in the winter sun," she says.
Patricia Urquiola's nostalgic Re-Trouve chairs bring a
decorative edge to the outdoors. Available from Ke-Zu.
Olive trees are perfect for our climate,
while pebbles add texture to modern spaces.
Trees: cooling, inviting and
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