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Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook edition 2 - Achillea Terracotta plant file

A colourful hero

When Pentana Solutions asked us to create a social, relaxing space for their staff to enjoy we knew that happy colours were key to achieving this goal.   Presenting a mosaic of warm colours, Achillea ‘Terracotta’ was an obvious choice for the planting list. With its masses of long-lasting clusters of peachy yellow flowers fading […]

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Camberwell Project, designed and constructed by Ian Barker Gardens. View from Forest Pansy trees of gravel courtyard, showing blue stone random paving and Buxus hedging framing perennial garden beds.

The Ever-changing Forest Pansy – Plant File

Plants are obviously our passion, so we’re keen to share some of our favourites and a tip or two on how to get the best out of yours. We’ve decided to start the ball rolling with a plant prominent in our recent Camberwell project – the Forest Pansy tree (Cercis Canadensis). This superb small tree […]

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Allium giganteum and Allium Drumstick are beautiful summer bulbs that add lovely colour and sculptural interest to the garden with their globe shaped flower heads

Your Garden in Spring…

Ian was asked recently by Inside Out magazine to provide some recommendations to readers for what they could do in their gardens in Springtime. Ian’s advice will be appearing on the Inside Out magazine website at the start of September, but if you would like to get a head start on your garden in the lead-up to […]

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GARDEN DRUM – Romantic Perennial Garden a Florist’s Dream

Head over to Garden Drum to read Ian’s latest article about our recently completed romantic perennial garden – the St Kilda project! Click the logo to visit the Garden Drum website.

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GARDEN DRUM – Contemporary perennial garden gives Victorian-era house a facelift

Head over to Garden Drum to read Ian’s latest article about our plant filled, naturalistic perennial garden – the Box Hill project! Click the logo to visit the Garden Drum website.

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GARDEN DRUM – Design for a plant-focused parterre garden

Head over to the Garden Drum website to read Ian’s article on our Glen Iris project. This is the first article we have had published on Garden Drum and we have to say, we’re thrilled to be included on one of our industry’s most well respected and informative sites! Click on the logo to visit Garden […]

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Ian’s Top Ten Landscape Designers

Ian was recently asked to give a presentation at the Anston Paving Stones Industry Night in Adelaide about gardens that have influenced him over the past five years, and the direction he sees his company heading in the future.  Ian discussed the work of five designers who have had a major influence on the type […]

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Ian’s Anston Paving Stones Industry Night Presentation

Ian was recently asked to give a presentation at the Anston Paving Industry Night in Adelaide about  gardens that have influenced him over the past five years, and the direction he sees his company heading in the future. Below, Ian discusses the work of five designers who have had a major influence on the type […]

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Ian Barker giving his presentation at the 2014 SPASA Show on Pool & Garden Design, "Why Some Just Work", featuring the top tips for positioning a swimming pool in your garden.

Top Tips for Positioning a Swimming Pool in Your Garden

The Summer SPASA Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo 2014 was held this past weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Southbank and as always, it was a successful show full of helpful tips and inspiration for those homeowners considering the addition of  a pool or spa to their garden. For those who went […]

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The Perennial Garden in Winter

As some of you, who have read our past blogs will know, we have been researching perennials for a long time now. A big part of this research is to make regular trips to visit various gardens around Victoria throughout the year. This gives us the chance to see how the perennial plants hold up […]

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