This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Our Favourite Gardens of 2018

Roundup

Gardens have become a HUGE focus for us over the past two years, and we have our intrepid gardens columnist, Georgina Reid of The Planthunter, to thank for that! (ps. Have you bought her brilliant new book yet!?)

Today we take a look back through the most popular gardens we featured in 2018. So lush!

4th January, 2019

Sean Cook and Michael Bright’s inner city Sydney garden connects seamlessly to the house. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

Sean  Cook didn’t want flowers in his garden, he wanted texture and lots of green. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

Lucy Feagins
Friday 4th January 2019

A Florist’s Lush Inner City Garden

Florist Sean Cook, of Mr Cook, has lived a long love affair with plants! Only two years ago, Sean’s Sydney garden was a trashed construction site, but it’s been transformed by famed landscape designer Richard Unsworth. Today, despite it’s small size, this is a lush outdoor sanctuary with a brilliant sense of energy and drama. ‘It’s all a bit wild, and crazy and generous,’ Sean says. A great example of the value of creating an oasis of green in the inner city!

Take a tour

The garden of Jenny Rose-Innes, in the NSW Southern Highlands. Photo – Abbie Melle.

‘I am in the garden all day. I am forever planning and thinking about it!’ says Jenny. Photo – Abbie Melle.

Jenny’s garden has a relaxed formality. Photo – Abbie Melle.

Jenny Rose Innes, Serial Renovator And Garden Maker

Jenny Rose-Innes is a ‘serial renovator and garden maker’, who has been building houses and gardens for over 40 years! Her latest creation in the Southern Highland town of Bowral is a testament to her many years of experience and vast gardening know-how. It’s full and voluptuous… and only four years old!

Take a tour

The Fitzroy garden of Peter Stephens and Anna Charlesworth. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

The pool is embraced by lush planting. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Peter Stephens and Anna Charlesworth at home. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

A Verdant Garden In Fitzroy North

In 2013, which feels like approximately 200 years ago, we featured the stunning North Fitzroy home of real estate agent Peter Stephens, and metalworker Anna Charlesworth. This year, we ventured back for a closer look at the couple’s beautiful and insanely lush inner city garden, created by landscape designer Amanda Oliver.

Take a tour

The Sydney family garden of landscape designer William Dangar. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

Will has used old timber railway sleepers to define the lines of the garden and address level changes within the space. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

Will planted the frangipani for his wife Julia – it’s one of her favourite flowers. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

The Bondi Garden Of Landscape Designer William Dangar

The lush, relaxed Sydney garden of landscape designer William Dangar was a hugely popular one this year – and it certainly exemplifies his expertise and passion for plant life!

Will’s garden, like the man himself, is no-nonsense. It’s striking – with clumps of foliage plants like Fatsia japonica, berberis, Japanese blood grass and the ever-clumpy Zoysia tenuifolia – and the details are impeccable.

Take a tour

Sunnymeade; an expertly landscaped property in Anglesea, belonging to Peter and Simone Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping. The garden is dominated by a couple of magnificent stringybark trees (Eucalyptus obliqua). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Peter likes the way the clipped forms of the coastal rosemary (Westringia spp) and germander (Teucrium fruticans) contrast with the twisted branches of the stringybark trees, as well as the looseness of the grasses (Poa spp, and Lomandra spp.). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Sunnymeade

Sunnymeade is an expertly landscaped property in Anglesea, belonging to Peter and Simone Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping. Its centrepiece, of course, is that incredible sculptural lawn – what a showstopper! Framed by the incredible beauty of the old stringybark trees, this garden is sensitive, grounded and incredibly beautiful.

Take a tour

With garden beds full of late summer flowering perennials, March is the perfect time to visit Heronswood house and gardens.Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Not only is the garden at Heronswood spectacular, so are the views! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Sunflower ‘Evening Sun’. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Heronswood is one of Australia’s most highly regarded gardens. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Heronswood House + Garden

The INCREDIBLE gardens at Heronswood on the Mornington Peninsula need to be seen to be believed! This magical garden belongs to Clive and Penny Blazey, founders of the Diggers Club, Australia’s largest gardening club, with over 75,000 members.

Here, Clive, Penny and their team have preserved and cultivated an astounding abundance of rare plants and heirloom seeds over the past 40 years.

Take a tour 

Inside artist Bill Henson’s garden. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

From the indoors to the outdoor.  Photo – Daniel Shipp.

Bill Henson’s Post-Industrial Walled Garden

We were more than a little starstruck to feature the Melbourne garden of Bill Henson earlier this year, courtesy of our garden’s columnist Georgina Reid.

For Georgina, Bill Henson was a surprise. ‘I had been told he had a good garden, but I had no idea of the depth of his obsession. I presumed art had a controlling hand over Bill’s heart, but I was wrong. He’s a very serious garden maker, garden lover and garden thinker.’

Take a tour

Our tour of Bill Henson’s garden is an extract from Georgina’s book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants

 

‘The garden was designed for kids to run through,’ Ian Barker says. Photo – Claire Takacs, courtesy of Ian Barker Gardens.

Lush, perennial planting augments an enticing and beautiful family garden. Photo – Claire Takacs, courtesy of Ian Barker Gardens.

The sculptural form of the crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) contrasts beautifully with the fine, textural grasses in this Camberwell garden. Photo – Claire Takacs, courtesy of Ian Barker Gardens.

A Perfect Family Garden In Camberwell

Ian and his team at Ian Barker Gardens were engaged by the owners of this garden, surrounding a gorgeous old home in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell, to design and build a garden for their large family in 2015.

Responding to new additions to this gorgeous old home by architects Herbert and Howes, the garden’s lines are simple and elegant. ‘We really toned down the garden,’ Ian says. ‘It’s restrained, yet it has a huge impact.’ Part of the success of the garden, according to Ian, is its relationship with the architecture. ‘Without the backdrop of the pavilion, the garden wouldn’t look anywhere near as good as it does today’, he says.

Take a tour

View Comments

Similar Stories

Roundup

Just Announced – The 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist

Our highlights reel of the lust-worthy residential interiors in the running for the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards.
Sally Tabart
  23 hours ago

Gardens

The Garden Of A Lifetime

The gentle transformation of a Brisbane garden that's been held within one family for three generations.
Georgina Reid

Work Space

These Inspiring Creative Workspaces Are #Studiogoals

Creative workspace inspiration for any discipline!

This Week

Architecture

The Long And Lean Sub-Tropical Dream!

Painted white brick and intriguing forms create a real eye-catcher, in this Shaun Lockyer designed home in Chandler, Queensland.
Miriam McGarry

Interior Design

The Stella Collective's Award-Winning Interiors, From Palestine to Brisbane

Meet Hana Hakim the founder of a Melbourne interior design studio creating WOW-factor projects, both here and abroad.
Elle Murrell

Homes

The Self-Designed Home Of Two Architects In South Melbourne

The self-designed home of architects Edward and Edwina Glenn in South Melbourne.

News

Don't Miss The 'My General Store' Pop-Up This Weekend

Melbournians, you’ve got one day only to have an IRL try on of these Australian made designs in natural fabrics.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

Making Mid-Century Modern Again

The rejuvenated 'Fig Tree Pocket' 60’s House by Bligh Graham Architects, in Brisbane.

News

A History Of Melbourne, Told Through Train Tickets

Contemporary artist Peter Atkins reflects train ticket designs in Victoria to tell a forgotten history of Melbourne in The Passengers. 
Sally Tabart
  4 hours ago

Studio Visit

The Self-Taught Painter Inspired By His Ethiopian Heritage

We visit Afro-Norwegian artist Olana Janfa in his Thornbury garden-shed studio, who paints to connect with his history and culture.

Art

A Celebrated Abstract Artist Shares Her ‘Rhythm Sequence’

Gemma Smith takes us inside a new exhibition, charting her experiments on canvas over the past 17 years.
Elle Murrell
  1 hour ago

Roundup

Just Announced – The 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist

Our highlights reel of the lust-worthy residential interiors in the running for the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards.
Sally Tabart
  23 hours ago

News

A Rare Insight Into The Life Of Design Legend Dieter Rams

ACMI presents the Australian premiere of Rams, a documentary about one of the modern world’s most important design icons.

Lighting

A Leading Lighting Designer Transforms An Underground Carpark

British product designer Lee Broom creates a breathtaking installation in the carpark of Space Furniture in Sydney – and it’s only open
45:53

Podcast

TDF Talks With Landscape Designer Paul Bangay

One of Australia’s most celebrated green thumbs reflect on his career, the mentors who have inspired him and his brand new book!
Lucy Feagins
  3 hours ago

Architecture

A Home In Three (Tiny) Parts

Atelier Chen Hung blasts open the idea of micro-living, with a literal hole in the middle of this tiny home!
Miriam McGarry

Tiny Homes

Get Off-Grid With CABN

Escape the world in these sleek, contemporary tiny cabins, situated in secret locations, each within 1.5 hours of a major city.
Lucy Feagins
  11 hours ago

Food

Ella Mittas' Zesty Potato Salad With Pesto

Ella Mittas' Greek-inspired potato salad, with zesty lemon, roast almonds and a flavour-packed fresh pesto.
Ella Mittas

Similar Stories

Roundup

Just Announced – The 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist

Our highlights reel of the lust-worthy residential interiors in the running for the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards.
Sally Tabart
  23 hours ago

Gardens

The Garden Of A Lifetime

The gentle transformation of a Brisbane garden that's been held within one family for three generations.
Georgina Reid

Work Space

These Inspiring Creative Workspaces Are #Studiogoals

Creative workspace inspiration for any discipline!