Innovative Design Is Our Passion
Leaf Stone Water specialises in landscape design and garden styling for urban Sydney’s balcony, courtyard, and rooftop gardens and larger urban gardens.
We are independent of the larger design and construction companies, therefore enabling us to offer a refreshing approach to design, styling and project management.
Garden Design 0
Balcony Gardens 0
Courtyard Gardens 0
Roof Gardens 0
Garden Styling 0
Project Management 0
We specialise in inner city garden designs
Beautiful gardens have soul, self expression, uniqueness and a patina that portrays images of having lived well over time. They beckon those who use it to linger and enjoy it for longer.
Our designs are sensitive to sustainable practices that embrace the latest technology to deliver outcomes that are both environmentally responsible and personally gratifying. We design:
- Courtyard Gardens
- Balcony Gardens
- Rooftop Gardens
- Large Gardens
“I believe that great design should not cost the earth, it should add to it” – Brian Fuller.
Balcony Garden Design
Apartment living has become the choice for many of us, regardless of age, career aspirations, children, pets etc. Apartments represent a lifestyle choice that generally provides proximity to restaurants and bars, clubs, transport and shopping. If you are fortunate to own an apartment with a balcony, what do you do with it?
A balcony garden is a unique opportunity to create an extension of the internal living space and connect to an outdoor lifestyle at home. Today’s gardens are an integrated composition of plants, herbs and outdoor entertaining….. a balcony garden is no different. You have paid handsomely for the privilege of owning or renting a balcony, and it is so important to “get it right”, as it integrates into the overall living space.
How to create a Balcony Garden
To create a balcony garden, careful consideration must be given to the plant selection, ensuring that they will survive the climatic conditions of the site. Plants in pots, behave differently from those in the ground. If the balcony is under cover it will likely be in shade for part of the day, and perhaps full sun for the rest. Think about irrigation, will you remember to water your plants, or is it best to install automated irrigation?
Be careful not to clutter, do the opposite and go with less pots and plants, but make them larger. Give it scale so that the height and width of the space is complemented by the selection of pots, plants, furniture, lighting and decore.
the benefits of a Balcony Garden
The benefits of a balcony garden are only limited by your imagination and the physicality of the space. The selection of plants, pots and furnishings should have a seamless relationship with the internal living space connecting both spaces as one, particularly if you are able to open floor to ceiling doors between the two zones. You will want to flow effortlessly throughout the entire living spaces, as you relax and read, enjoy a meal and entertain. The picture that you see when looking out to the balcony should have composition just like any piece of artwork
Lots to think about, so to “get it right” connect with Leaf Stone Water to assist you to do so.
Courtyard Garden Design
A striking courtyard garden is more than just the plants. Design trends of today place the main courtyard adjacent to the internal living space of our homes. Expansive windows enable a picture perfect opportunity to present our courtyards as a seamless extension of the interior.
Great if the courtyard is only for entertaining, but given the multi purpose expectations we have, courtyard design is a specialised skill. Perhaps unknowingly, we all have high expectations of our courtyards. We need them to be the entertainment zone, the play zone for the kids and pets, maybe the drying area for the clothes, a patch for the herbs and sometimes the place to park the car. There also needs to be a hiding place for the refuse bins and a few other items we do not want on show when we are entertaining. It is a garden that facilitates all of the above, highlighting some and minimising or even hiding others.
How to create a Courtyard Garden
To create a courtyard garden, decisions will need to be made about priority activities to occur within the space. The needs of a young family will be vastly different to those of a professional couple, None the less, the design will need to create focal points that enhance the extension of the overall living space, incorporating complementary furniture. If an outdoor kitchen is envisaged, clean lines will minimize its presence. Focal points will also diminish the presence of the must haves, like the refuse area.
Small Courtyard Gardens
For small courtyard gardens, a design that achieves a sense of space, good flow, light and shade will overcome any shortcomings in size. Good courtyard garden design avoids clutter, incorporating large and bold pots and plants, adopting a restricted plant pallet. Hard surfaces like paving, privacy screens, fencing will be a harmonious addition to the building architecture, again to create the illusion of space.
Should the courtyard be adjacent a multi level home, the horizontal and vertical elements of the courtyard design will need to be in the right proportions or scale. Vertical elements to the design should be more significant.
The Benefits of a Courtyard Garden
The benefits of a courtyard garden are to highlight and accentuate the relaxing, entertaining and greener elements of the courtyard, whilst losing the other, but necessary infrastructure elements such as the refuse area etc.
If you are not optimizing the full potential of you your courtyard, both aesthetically or functionally contact Leaf Stone Water for professional advice.
Roof Garden Design
High density living is becoming synonymous with city life and taller buildings. Those fortunate enough to live in roof top apartments and penthouses, or with access to the roof top of the building, have all the benefits of life on the high side with enviable views.
A roof garden is the opportunity to utilize unused space more productively, creating an urban patch of green up high. The structural capacity of your building will determine the extent that you can go, be it a full plant covering of the roof, (still with entertainment opportunities), or with plants and trees in a collection of planter boxes and/or pots.
How to create a Roof Garden
To create a roof garden you will firstly need to obtain information regarding the load bearing capacity of the roof structure, drainage and balustrade regulations. Climatic conditions on the roof may be harsh. Temperatures are likely to be hotter than at ground level, evaporation will be faster, and winds will be stronger. Salt may also be in the air.
The choice of plants, growing mediums and pots will be influenced accordingly. Fortunately, there are new technologies that cater to the requirements of Roof Gardens. Luckily plant growers are increasing their production of suitable plant species, and despite the harsher climate on a roof, it is possible, with good design, to create an exciting garden to enjoy.
Your local Council may require a DA, and although they are generally supportive of the concept, you will need professional advice to proceed.
The benefits of a Roof Garden
The benefits of a roof garden are both personal and environmental. Your roof garden provides you with a garden that you would not have otherwise been able to enjoy. The contribution to the environment is monumental.
The heat generated off the tall glass and concrete apartment buildings has a detrimental impact on the enjoyment of our cities.
If you have heard of the “heat island effect” it is the direct relationship between the rising and warmer temperature of our cities with the proliferation of these buildings. You will have noticed the cooler temperatures of the larger public parks.
Green infrastructure can mitigate the impacts of the” heat island effect”, improve water and air quality, provides amenity and create habitat for flora and fauna.
Connect with Leaf Stone Water to gain a greater appreciation of the opportunities for your roof garden.
courtyard gardens | balcony gardens | rooftop gardens | large gardens
Styling the garden draws us into the soul of the garden. It creates a private sanctuary, that may include eye catching pieces of garden art, fabulous pots and statues, focal points like water features or fire pits, furniture and fabrics to match your style.
There maybe a major event such as a birthday or anniversary, or perhaps you are selling the home, for which garden styling will give a further touch of style and glamour.
Connect with Brian for a discussion about how we can help you style your garden.
courtyard gardens | balcony gardens | rooftop gardens | large gardens
We are able to efficiently project manage the construction and styling of your garden so as to ensure the integrity of the design remains true throughout all stages until final completion, and within budget.
We source the highest quality workmanship for every aspect of the construction process. We trade with growers and nurseries that supply superior plants for your garden.