Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Design Your Dream Garden

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Design Your Dream Garden

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THE elements of a garden are diverse including, but not limited to, hardscaping, softscaping, irrigation, drainage, lights, water features and steps. We explore how each element impacts on the overall look you wish to achieve in your green space.


Garden lighting allows you to make the most of your garden, day and night. It works well when a selected few areas are lit to highlight attractive features.

For safety reasons, it is important that pathways and entrances are visible at night time. You may even like to have a sensor light installed to alert you of guests or intruders.

Lighting can also provide atmosphere for night time entertaining outdoors. Fairy lights, lanterns, up lights and down lights that are correctly placed can bring your garden to life at night. You will also need to have sufficient lighting around the outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Water features

Ponds and water features are always popular. They require a power supply and for maximum effect, you should place them where you can hear and see them. There are many different forms of water features. Rocks, pots, and walls can all be used; you are only limited by your imagination.


Steps can be both a useful tool for transportation and a design feature. A garden stair can be made of a range of materials, with stone, wood and pavers the most popular choices but do not be afraid to get creative. Determine where the steps will lead, how many you will need and the gradient of the climb. You should also calculate the depth and the height of each step and make sure that these measurements are uniform. Your local council or builder may have guidelines and offer you advice on these dimensions.

If you are looking to make your steps a feature of the garden, engage the services of a landscape architect to help you achieve the vision for your overall design. …

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