Author of ,  and owner of an impeccable  account,  is one of Australia’s favourite style and shopping experts. Here she names her favourite landscape designers.

Each of the landscapers in this list has a vision. Some are innovators, some are classicists. From dynamic designers recalibrating beloved traditions to enterprising plantsmen shaking up a landscape near you, these are the men and women raising the bar in Australian garden design today.

 Has a reputation for creating idylls, rich in English, French and Italianate allusions. Expect the formality of parterres and statuary framing ponds that appear elegant and expensive.

 For decades trees, hedges, grasses and flowers have bent to the will of Dangar, who provides an excellent (and complete) landscape service covering all fields. Solid design, construction and maintenance.

 For traditional garden looks and a good design service.

 Draws on a wide palette of plants to suit every environment and setting. Projects include Sydney landmarks from Bronte House to Boomerang, Parliament House and Government House. The big names in architecture love Baldwin, including BKH, Tobias Partners, SJB and Greg Natale.

 Takes exteriors to the next level. A big firm that can handle big projects. Swimming pools, architectural, the lot.

 Renowned for profoundly beautiful gardens rich with English and French allusions and monumental geometrics. One of the best.

 Cultivating breathtaking landscapes with strong structural form. Defined layers. Sophisticated, refined stuff.

 Creates gardens you would not see anywhere else in the world. Focuses very much on naturalistic and lyrical design eleents. The big names in architecture come here — clients include Howard Tanner, Sam Marshall, Alex Tzannes, Stanic Harding and Corben Architects.

 Probably has the most glittering client list of any Australian designer. Renowned for blurring the boundaries seamlessly between inside and out, balancing architecture, hero pieces and an abundance of planting.

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