Category: Landscaping

Your guide to a comfortable summer house

August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Catherine Collins During the summer, we all crave nothing more than to get away from the city concrete and into nature, to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather summer provides. You can always take a trip to the countryside, but if you have a tight schedule, relaxing in your garden is much more practical. […]
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Protecting Trees During Construction

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: George Kinsela Spring is the most popular time of the year for construction projects.  New houses, additional driveways or building new additions to your home – all of these construction projects have potential to harm surrounding trees.  Often these projects involve removal of trees within close vicinity, however there may be trees present on […]
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Commercial Landscaping Trends and Inspirations

July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins Lovely landscaping trends have found their way into numerous commercial spaces, embellishing parks, café gardens, school yards and other outdoor sanctuaries.  Modern landscaping emphasises style and elegance, sustainability and smart technology, creating unique atmospheres of calmness and serenity.  By embracing these trends, you can boost the kerb appeal of your building, design […]
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8 Tips to Maintain Your Beautiful Garden

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins Maintaining a garden is not rocket science – but it is not a walk in the park either. To keep your natural shrine green and vibrant you need a lot of time and patience, as well as the right information. The trick is to pull together a garden that is low on […]
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Add Value to Your Home without Blowing the Budget

March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Whether you like getting your hands dirty or not, renovating your home and giving it some TLC is the best way to boost its value.  There are projects you can tackle on your own, with little experience and a healthy dose of creativity, and then some that are better left to the […]
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A New Entry Garden for The Alfred

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Jason Davidson Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital is undergoing a garden facelift.  What was once an overgrown and underused space on the hospital’s most prominant street frontage of Commercial Road, will soon be a welcoming and relaxing garden for visitors, patients and staff. Over the last two years, Genus has been working with The Alfred to […]
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Time for Your Front Garden Makeover

December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson There’s no debating that first impressions do count. Although what’s on the inside is certainly important, houses – like books, are typically judged by their covers. Especially when it comes to selling your home; first impressions matter. A home’s front exterior should demonstrate a pride of ownership and inspire curiosity. Even if […]
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Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

November 24, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins Whether you have a spacious backyard or perhaps a smaller, more intimate garden setting, when it comes to landscaping and decorating, it’s really important to learn how to make the most of the space you have available. Opening up the door of your home to enter a new world full of wonder, […]
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Ideas for Your Small Alfresco

October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson With outdoor living areas now a true extension of the home, it has become paramount for homeowners to create the ideal retreat. As patio and alfresco areas get more versatile, designing your own space to suit any home, budget and lifestyle has only gotten easier. And there’s so many ideas to help […]
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Top Five Playground Ideas for Your Backyard

September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Joseph Welsh It’s the quintessential Australian dream to have your own backyard, possibly with a white picket fence around the edge. But once you’ve got it, what do you do with it? Well, that’s where your own lifestyle and imagination comes in, doesn’t it? One of the most common additions to many a suburban […]
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Ideas for a unique front garden

July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Upgrading your home’s exterior doesn’t have to mean an expensive top-of-the-range remodel. A home can be made more welcoming and its kerb appeal beautifully boosted with a few clever ideas, DIY inspiration and creative thinking. The front yard of your house can set the tone for the entire home; so it pays […]
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Creating your small sanctuary

June 28, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins All the landscaping enthusiasts out there have to accept the reality that gardens are shrinking. But this does not mean that you cannot still create the green sanctuary you always wanted. While it may seem that designing a smaller garden is an easy task, with less space to fill compared to a […]
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Ideas for your Contemporary Garden

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins Contemporary style is in the spotlight: It features minimalist approach to landscaping and a wide array of sleek materials. At the first glance, such a garden may seem a bit cold and uninviting, but a closer look reveals something more. A lifeless impression is precisely the pitfall people need to avoid when […]
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Outdoor Living Ideas for 2016

May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson The outdoor world is expanding! And it doesn’t matter whether you have a spacious backyard to work with or a smaller, more subtle space; there’s always a desirable outdoor living addition or design that creates that ‘wow’ factor. Modern ideas, fresh new trends and playful architecture enhancements aim to craft an outdoor […]
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From concept to completion – Part 2 | This is Landscape Architecture

April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments


Continuing on from last week’s look at what Genus does to get your landscape project in the ground, today we get technical. Concept to Completion – Part 2 Stage Two – Detail and Documentation Now that the concept plan has been presented to our client and finalised into how they want their finished landscape to […]
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What is Landscape Architecture? | WLAM 2016

April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments


April is World Landscape Architecture Month. But what is Landscape Architecture? To be reading our blog you are probably aware of what landscape architecture is and maybe a little of what we do here at Genus.  If not then welcome to Genus Landscape Architects and please read on! World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), is an […]
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Pergola Designs Taking Over Backyards

February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Outdoor living is constantly evolving. As more homeowners realise the value of merging indoor entertaining with smart exterior design, it’s become necessary to cater for best of both worlds and stay up to date with the latest trends. Elevating your outdoor living experience means getting the right set up for your needs […]
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Useful Backyard Tools for Maintaining Your Garden

December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson As a gardening or landscaping enthusiast, having the right tools is the most essential aspect of good work. If you’re serious about getting out in the garden, you’ll want to choose backyard tools that are practical, efficient for the task and that’ll encourage you to get out and get your hands dirty. […]
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REFRESH YOUR LANDSCAPE – START YOUR OWN VERTICAL GARDEN

July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Lana Hawkins Everyone enjoys having a beautiful garden, rich with a variety of colorful and exotic plants.  But it is pretty hard to build and maintain one.  It takes time, knowledge, dedication and patience.  However, once you have it you can truly enjoy all of its beauty and relax after a hard-working day. If […]
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5 Essential Tips for the First Time Landscaper | Guest Post

May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments


While your landscape architect can provide you with a great design, it’s the landscaper that makes it a reality.  Today’s guest post from Jayde Ferguson and Beacon Equipment is worth a read if you are considering getting into this rewarding industry. Of course nothing replaces the correct training and experience, however here are a few […]
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5 of the Best Mowers for your Lawn | Guest Post

April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments


Our first guest post on our new website comes from Jayde Ferguson for Beacon Equipment, who reveals the best brands of mowers to improve your lawn maintenance. Which Lawn Mower Brand Should You Buy? Here’s 5 of the Best to Get Your Lawn Looking Lush! Mowing the lawn doesn’t always need to be a chore, […]
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11 Plants to plant in Spring | Guest Post

October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments


Today’s guest post comes from Site Shade with some great tips on what’s good to plant right now in your garden! 11 Plants You Should be Planting in Spring Image link: https://flic.kr/p/ar2ceh Spring has sprung! And it is the perfect time to breathe some new life into your garden. Many plant varieties thrive this time […]
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Hottest Patio Trends for Summer Dining | Guest Post

September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments


Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up!  Today’s guest post from Great Aussie Patios has some tips for planning those upcoming Summer Dinner Parties! Hottest Patio Trends for Summer Dining Warm summer months create an inviting natural atmosphere for dining outdoors. Outdoor patios often take centre stage when entertaining guests in […]
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Creating Kerb Appeal for Your Home | Guest Post

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Maybe you want your house to stand out from the crowd.  Maybe you are selling and are looking for something extra to grab the buyer’s attention.  Or maybe you just love coming home to a place that looks amazing! Today’s guest post comes to us from Jayde Ferguson and Fencemakers and has some great tips […]
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Trends in backyard design | Guest Post

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus begin every landscape project with an entirely fresh and site specific approach.  Every client has their own individual tastes and requirements and it is our job to interpret those into an amazing garden for them to live in and enjoy. While each client is different, there are always common requests and […]
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Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring and Summer | Guest Post

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments


Winter is not always the easiest time to be inspired by your garden.  It is however the perfect opportunity to plan and start your outdoor projects to be ready for the warmer months!  Today’s guest post comes from Ricky Hee at Fencemakers with some great ideas for your landscape. Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring/Summer […]
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Project Update | Dementia-friendly gardens

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recently we have been involved in two very different projects for aged-care facilities and specifically designing gardens for residents with dementia.  These projects are extremely rewarding to be a part of and it is wonderful to see the gardens are now coming to life! As discussed earlier this year in ‘An Inspiring Approach to Dementia […]
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An Exciting Edible Garden Project! | via E and M’s Metricon Adventure

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments


It is really quite amazing to receive feedback of this kind. I am pretty speechless and so excited to be working with these clients.  A project is never just a plan on paper for me.  I really try to view myself in the finished garden and how I could interact with the spaces and I […]
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5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect | Guest Post

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Of course we recommend you use a landscape architect for your projects and here are some great reasons why you should make that decision! Thanks to Budget Temp Fencing for today’s guest post: 5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect Time to update your outdoor space? If planting a few new bulbs or a raised […]
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The perfect time of year – To mulch that is!

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recent calendar events presented us with the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden.  That’s right, while others are off camping or shopping on the Easter or Anzac Day long weekends, Landscape Architects are gardening! After quite an intense Summer and a couple of months of neglect, our garden was in desperate need of […]
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Upgrading to Timber-look Aluminium Slats – A Buyer’s Guide | Guest Post

March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recently the Genus team has specified aluminium fencing for a residential subdivision in Pakenham.  We saw it as a good solution for semi-transparent fencing to provide a level of passive surveillance between private yards and public reserves that cannot be achieved with a standard timber paling fence. Today’s guest post comes to us from Jamie […]
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Save Water at Home | Top 5 Ways via Houzz

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Houzz is always a great source of information for any house or garden project.  You can set up your own ideabook and save images and ideas for your dream home. While the basis of this article is an American climate, these water saving tips are quite universal to any home in Australia.  Click through these […]
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An Inspiring Approach to Dementia Care | via Gizmodo

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments


It is so great to find a project that really inspires us and reaffirms the positive action that our design profession can make to society. The Genus team have worked on a number of gardens for people with dementia.  There are common themes and the use of memory elements are important.  Dementia is challenging to […]
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6 Tips for Organic Gardening | via Patio Furniture Articles

February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


A great article by Cheryl Kahn at Patio Productions with tips for getting back into your veggie patch! 6 Tips for Organic Gardening Growing your own organic garden can serve many benefits for you and your family. Aside from the money that you will save by harvesting at home, organic foods have inherent qualities that […]
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What do want from your landscape? | Common design brief requests

February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


As with all designers, our process begins with a conversation with our client and establishment of a design brief. Each landscape project is different and this conversation gives us an understanding of what is important to our client and how the garden will work for them.  It may be a family with young children who […]
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5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden Pond | Guest Post

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


by Ricky Peterson – Swallow Aquatics As well as adding variety to your yard, ponds also attract an abundance of wildlife that can be beneficial for your garden, making them both practical and pleasing on the eye. If you have children ponds are a great educational tool, too. And, of course, they look stunningly beautiful. […]
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Synthetic or Natural, it’s your choice

January 30, 2014 | 2 Comments


Often labelled as an Australian icon, the patch of lawn in your suburban yard offers many benefits to you and your family. It is where you and your kids can relax on a sunny afternoon.  They can run wild, kick a ball, or even roll around while you can lie back on a rug without […]
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Use tender measures to survive the harsh reality | Via Domain

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


This article featured in Domain back in November and at the time was a good reminder for how to maintain your garden through Summer in Australia. The extreme heat in Melbourne this week suddenly accentuates the importance of these ideas, so read on for how to look after your plants during extreme weather! Use tender […]
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Landscape Design and Its Dynamic Ambiguity | IOTA Australia Guest Post

November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today we feature another great article from Nicholas Jones at IOTA Australia.  Make sure you check out the IOTA Australia website for their great range of planters and landscape products.  The IOTA Garden Blog is also a great source of landscape design tips and inspiration. Landscape Design and Its Dynamic Ambiguity By Nicholas Jones | […]
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How to Water your Garden | the ripple effect

November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


This is well worth a read from Michael Smit at The Ripple Effect How to Water Your Garden “As the days grow longer and warmer the plants in your garden may need additional watering. Some simple advice will help you use your valuable water to make a great garden. Before you even consider watering, push […]
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A Different Kind of Gum Tree | Ozbreed’s VINTAGE RED Eucalyptus

November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus are always on the lookout for different plant species and ways to make our client’s gardens stand out.  So it is with great interest that we have been reading about this variety of Eucalyptus from Ozbreed – Eucalyptus ‘Vintage Red’. Darker foliage and especially deep red colours are very popular in […]
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Exotic, Native, Indigenous. What is the difference?

October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus gets asked this question often. While most people have an understanding of what is an exotic plant and what is a native plant, it is the definition of what is indigenous that causes confusion.  Much of the work we do is governed by guidelines of local councils and there is a […]
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Read the True Vision for Melbourne’s Royal Park | via The Age

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments


How many of you have been to Royal Park? How many of you have visited a part of the park that is not a sports field or zoo? The wide expanses of the park to the north of the CBD are known to many, but many do not know the original design intent for the […]
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Work is underway on the Mt Eliza Garden | Project Update

July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments


We have been working with our clients on this project for a year now, so it great to finally be getting into the construction and seeing good progress on site! This home in Mt Eliza (built by Latitude 37 Homes) sits on a fantastic elevated block providing views across to Port Phillip Bay.  While the […]
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5 Facts About Bare Rooted Trees AND Why to Buy Them

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments


It’s the middle of Winter and maybe the last thing you are thinking about is getting out and replanting that tired space in your garden. Did you know that right now is a great time to buy deciduous fruit and ornamental trees?  That’s because they can be bought BARE ROOTED and here are 5 facts […]
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Why should we install raingardens?

June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


While we have experienced a little more rain in Melbourne of late, it is still important to recognise the value of our stormwater and how we should re-use it in our gardens. The benefits of this include: Allowing water that falls on the site to be returned to the soil and maintaining as close to […]
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Summer Flowers in Pots and Planters | Feature Post – IOTA Australia

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today we bring you another guest post by Nicholas Jones – Managing Director at IOTA Australia.  With the cold weather approaching, Nicholas is looking forward to the warmer months and gives some great tips to let your plan for colour in your garden after Winter! IOTA are a major sponsor of our ‘Autumn Garden Revival’ […]
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Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters | Feature Post – IOTA Australia

April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today’s post is brought to you by Nicholas Jones – Managing Director at IOTA Australia.  IOTA are a major sponsor of our ‘Autumn Garden Revival’ and provide top of the range garden pots and planters. Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters Did you know that you can plant most types of bamboos in pots and planters? […]
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The Australian Garden is complete | Melbourne Australia | TCL and Paul Thompson « World Landscape Architecture

March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


Thanks to World Landscape Architecture for these amazing images of the Australian Garden (at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne), which is newly completed and open to the public!  This is such an important project for the story it tells of the Australian landscape and also its setting within the fantastic native bushland of the Cranbourne […]
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Against invasive plants, underdog natives hang on | Urban Choreography

January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments


An interesting article from ‘Per Square Mile’ via ‘Urban Choreography’. “Invasive might not be as bad as some environmentalists think –  from Tim De Chant  @ Per Square Mile – hold on tight we might be blasted by the fanatics…. One of the scourges of our globalized economy is invasive species. In California, annual Mediterranean […]
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New Life for the Oakleigh Motel

December 18, 2012 | 4 Comments


The Oakleigh Motel has always stood out to those driving along Dandenong Road. The amazing facade, driveway portico and signage take us back to a golden age of motoring and the architecture of 1957. Genus has been a consultant on this project since 2009 and we have been well aware of the challenges faced with […]
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