2. Balcony design with vertical garden. This is a 3D concept plan showing potential clients how to make their outdoor space more liveable - so many balconies are under-utilised and serve no real function. The sheltered vertical garden softens the hard external wall of the apartment.
3. Water feature. We designed and constructed a rustic timber edge border to add contrast to the smooth edges of the water bowl. The hammered copper pipe will patina over time. Aquatic plants and fish fill the pond.
4. Tribal door. Sourced from abroad, this exotic door is the main feature of this small front garden. A star jasmine creeper was planted to disguise the posts of the house and the fixing structure of the panel doors.
Landscape designer and owner of , Tom Brooks, talks us through his 10 favourite residential projects.
1. Bohemian entrance door. In this small courtyard, a large exotic door was sourced and installed into the copper painted fence. The wooden stairs and pot plinths are made from reclaimed railway sleepers. Bright green dimpled pots with strappy architectural plants add interest and balance to the space.
9. Modern entertaining deck. Originally, this garden was an ususable steep slope. We built a flat timber entertaining area surrounded by planter boxes. Step platforms were used instead of a staircase - this creates space for low sprawling plants.
5. Relaxed deck bordering pond. This garden owner wanted to create a tropical oasis at the back of her small block. I created plant mounds on either side of the pond to make it look more natural. A dry stack sandstone wall was built at the back of the pond to add height for a water-spill way.
6. Outdoor seat. The owner of this small garden wanted somewhere to relax in the sun. We made the seat from reclaimed ironbark railway sleepers. Cushions in aqua and gold add pops of colour and texture to the space. The sun lounger has aromatic herb gardens growing on either side of it.
10. Antique style sandstone water feature. The garden owner wanted a trough water feature like one she'd seen in France. I hand-chiselled out sandstone blocks so they could hold water and feed smaller sandstone water flutes. The result looks like an ancient monument surrounded by foliage.
8. Japanese inspired dry creek bed. Tumbled pebbles are surrounded by baby bamboo plants and Korean grass.
7. Entrance with wow factor. Bluestone plinths were constructed to accommodate three large rustic pots with topiary port wine magnolias. The pot bases and plinths are softened by a small hedge of min min murraya.