Clivia - Clive of India. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook

Clivia – Clive of India

Clivias are wonderful, almost unkillable plants, which brighten the garden during late winter and early spring. With clusters of vibrant yellow throated, orange or salmon trumpet flowers, they are held on stalks above a clump of dark green strap-like leaves. Planted in groups en masse, in a shady position beneath a tree or on the […]

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Cosh Living Beanbag. Ian Barker Gardens - Garden Notebook

Cosh Living Bean Bags

The sun is out and that means we are too! And what better way to soak up the rays than lounging on an outdoor bean bag. Our good friends at Cosh Living offer a great range of bags that are sure to tickle your fancy. It was a close call amongst our team in the […]

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Thomas Hoblyn - International Garden Designer. Inspiration to Ian Barker Gardens, garden design

Thomas Hoblyn – International Garden Designer

Ian first came across English landscape designer Thomas Hoblyn at the Chelsea Flower Show back in 2011. As luck would have it, Ian and Tom were site neighbours, and after hearing that Ian’s plants were damaged in transport from Rome to London Tom came to the rescue, generously donating some of the most beautiful Iris […]

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Camberwell Project – Garden Design

Back in 2012, our wonderful clients commissioned us to design and construct all garden areas surrounding their Federation style home. Whilst an overhaul was required, it was important we stayed true to the property’s heritage throughout. The front garden design is free-form and was based around an existing Camellia. The hedge to the side of […]

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Hawthorn East Project – Garden Design

Having recently broken ground, our Hawthorn East garden design project is so exciting we can no longer keep our lips sealed. Over the last 6 months we’ve been busy finalising and perfecting our landscape design plans in great anticipation for what’s to come. Set on just under an acre, this luxurious inner city property is […]

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Urquijo and Kastner International Garden Designers. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook Edition 18

Miguel Urquijo and Renate Kastner – International Garden Designers

“A good garden cannot be made by someone who does not know and love growing things,” says Spanish landscape designer Miguel Urquijo, “we just try to replicate the forms, shapes, mood and manners of nature.”  We’re embarrassed to admit that we didn’t know of Miguel until he presented at this year’s Australian Landscape Conference. Realising […]

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Outdoor Lounge Modules by Royal Botania. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook.

Outdoor Lounge Modules by Royal Botania

Meandering through a garden is undoubtedly the perfect way to really experience and appreciate all it has to offer. As lovely as this is though, there comes a time when we start looking for a place to sit to soak it all in. The Zenhit range by designers at Royal Botania, offers refined outdoor living […]

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Royal Frost Birch. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook. Garden design

Royal Frost Birch

Loved for the dappled shade they cast, birch trees are a popular player in Australian gardens. A standout amongst mid-sized ornamental trees, Royal Frost is a true all seasons charmer. White barked with unique plum-purple foliage, the contrast is striking. As versatile as it is beautiful, Royal Frost is an elegant tree either planted in groups […]

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Malvern Project – Garden Design

Back in January 2017 we were commissioned by our wonderful clients to create and construct all elements of their 350 square metre Malvern landscape design. Not surprisingly for an active family of four, a swimming pool was high on the priority list. An entertaining area as well as a short-term parking options were also important, […]

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Himalayan Bistort (Persicaria Affinis)

Himalayan Bistort (Persicaria Affinis) is an evergreen, creeping, herbaceous perennial that has dense, dark green, elliptic leaves with a waxy top side and paler undersides. It produces erect, cylindrical spikes of densely crowded, small pale pink flowers that turn to deeper reds over time. Flowering from midsummer through to autumn. Popular in garden landscapes as […]

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