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choosing and using a landscape architect


From Habitat magazine - issue 01

As you face your back garden and dream of creating a private oasis, the prospect of excavating, shaping, smoothing, paving and planting may seem a daunting task.

Fortunately, there are professionals who know every step of that process and are ready to help.

“The most important thing is to feel comfortable with your landscaper,” says Scott Humphreys, director of Price & Humphreys Landscaping, Auckland. “You will be working through a process with them, designing and building the landscape, and you want it to be fun.”

Dr Erik Ellis, director of Erik Ellis Landscape Design and Construction, Christchurch, agrees. “It’s an empathetic relationship – you need to be compatible,” he says. “It’s important that the designer’s style fits your lifestyle, whether you want a laid-back beach garden or something sleek and avant-garde.”

“It’s important that the designer’s style fits your lifestyle, whether you want a laid-back beach garden or something sleek and avant-garde”

Garden landscape
“One third of a landscape is planning, one third is implementation and one third is maintenance”

Here are some of their tips for choosing and using a landscape architect’s services:

“Don’t forget maintenance,” says Erik. “One third of a landscape is planning, one third is implementation and one third is maintenance, which determines how the garden’s character develops. Make sure you choose a design that you can comfortably maintain.”

Skilled professionals can transform your landscape. The clearer you are about what you want to achieve, the more they will be able to apply their talents to help you get there. Use your landscaper to explore all of the options available. They will give your ideas life, texture, colour and a little magic, and in the process create a beautiful setting that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

One third of a landscape is planning,one third is implementation and onethird is maintenance
Visit www.nzila.co.nz and www.lianz.co.nz for more information on using and finding landscape architects, designers and contractors.

What to plant in spring and summer:

Spring and early summer are excellent times for planting virtually anything, says Scott. In particular, he suggests palm trees that thrive in the hot northern summer. Erik says the timing is equally good in the South Island. With the earth warming, he recommends natives such as purple cabbage trees or coloured flaxes.

 

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