Hydrangea paniculata ‘Sundae Fraise’
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by Ian Barker Gardens
3d ago
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Sundae Fraise’ is a variety of Hydrangea characterised by its evolving colours – opening as a creamy white hue in mid-summer before turning strawberry-pink later in the season. As autumn approaches, they transform again, taking on a rich pink-red tone. The flower is conical, loose and fluffy and sits at the tips of arching branches. The bush is compact and deciduous, so it’s best planted with an evergreen companion. Landscape uses Hydrangea ‘Sundae Fraise’ is excellent when mass planted in front of walls, fences, taller shrubs and trees. They are great for most garden sty ..read more
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Top summer gardening tips
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by Ian Barker Gardens
1M ago
As summer begins to hit its peak, it’s time to give your garden some extra love with our top summer gardening tips. This post will explore some essential summer gardening tips to help you make the most of the season and create a vibrant and flourishing outdoor space. 1. Watering wisely One of the most critical aspects of summer gardening is proper watering. Melbourne’s summer can be hot and dry, so keeping your plants hydrated is crucial. Water deeply early in the morning or late afternoon to minimise evaporation. Be mindful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Consider installing a ..read more
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Apprentice Landscaper (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Year)
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by Ian Barker Gardens
2M ago
We have two exciting positions available for a passionate 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th-year Landscape Apprentice to join our team. Your primary task will be to develop and learn the skills of a qualified landscaper through the completion of an apprenticeship. If you want a genuine career in landscape construction, this opportunity is not to be missed. What We Offer Work Environment – dynamic work environment with a friendly and professional team Career Development – potential for future growth in a well-established company with a strong reputation and pipeline ..read more
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The Design Files Design Directory
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by Ian Barker Gardens
2M ago
In an exciting announcement for design enthusiasts and industry professionals alike, The Design Files has recently introduced its much-anticipated Design Directory. The directory brings together 100s of furniture, lighting and rug options, hand-picked by the TDF team. Lucy Feagins, founder of The Design Files, said the core reason they launched the directory was to become more useful. She wrote, “The Design Files has been serving up design inspiration for almost 16 years now (!) — and whilst we’ve become Australia’s go-to destination for home inspiration, we want to move beyond just inspo ..read more
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Château Reawakening
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
Château Reawakening is the story of the highs and lows of Tim Holding and Felicity Selkirk’s journey to save the eighteenth-century Château de Purnon. Documented through Tim’s diary entries over two and a half years and accompanied by breathtaking photography, this is both a compelling read and a visually arresting tribute to a truly unique restoration. Château Reawakening is about daring to dream on the grandest scale. The Australian couple behind the restoration of Chateau de Purnon are Felicity Selkirk and Tim Holding. The two are currently working tirelessly to save Purnon from ruin ..read more
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Ian Barker announced as Landscaping Victoria’s President
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
We are very excited to announce that Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapes has appointed Ian Barker as its new President. Ian has been a dedicated member of the Landscaping Victoria Board for several years, and his promotion to this position reflects his unwavering commitment to the organisation and the landscaping industry. Ian Barker brings a wealth of experience to his new role as President. Throughout his tenure on the board, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership, a deep understanding of the industry, and a passion for promoting innovative landscaping practices. His appointment come ..read more
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Viburnum plicatum
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
Viburnum plicatum, also known as Doublefile Viburnum or Japanese Snowball, is renowned for its horizontal branching, creating a distinctive layered effect. The leaves are ovate with a beautiful hue of dark green. In spring, usually around October, it produces large, elegant, white lace cap flower clusters, which are an absolute show-stopper. Once flowering has finished, it produces small, red berries that mature into black shades. The foliage turns a reddish-purple in Autumn, contributing to its multi-seasonal appeal. Landscape uses Viburnum plicatum is the perfect feature plant. It works well ..read more
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Antique Perennials: Your Source for Rare and Unusual Plants
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
Nestled in the serene beauty of Kinglake, Victoria, Antique Perennials is a hidden gem for plant enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. With a rich history spanning decades, this nursery is renowned for its vast collection of rare and unusual perennials, making it a must-visit destination for anyone with a green thumb. Antique Perennials is the brainchild of Matt Reed and Michael Morant, two individuals with a combined 50 years of experience cultivating plants for Australian gardens. Their deep knowledge and love for horticulture shine through in their nursery’s exquisite selection of ..read more
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What to expect when working with a landscape designer
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
Embarking on a journey to create your dream garden through collaboration with a landscape design studio offers a myriad of creative and functional possibilities. This guide outlines what to expect when working with a landscape designer. We’ll shed light on the roles that shape the design process, the distinction between design and construction, the art of finding the right designer for your vision, and the various stages of the design process itself. Roles within a landscape design studio When working with a landscape design studio, it’s essential to understand the roles within a design firm a ..read more
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Mano Bricks by Eco Outdoor
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by Ian Barker Gardens
4M ago
Eco Outdoor, a pioneer in premium outdoor design solutions, has unveiled its latest innovation – the Mano Brick Range. This remarkable collection of handcrafted bricks enhances the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor spaces and embodies the company’s commitment to sustainability and quality craftsmanship. The Mano Brick Range offers a selection of distinct brick types, each designed to cater to various architectural styles and preferences. Hand Pressed Cotto These bricks are crafted to honour the intricate artistry inherent in the traditional building material. Each brick is meticulously fashione ..read more
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