The Lux Outdoors
Cityscape caught up with Canopy Landscape Architect’s Gabe Ross and Paul Roper-Gee to discover the 5 golden rules of creating a luxurious garden.
Stowe, Versailles, Sissinghurst, Villa Lante. We’re inspired by fabulous gardens on grand palatial scales, but luxurious landscapes can come in all shapes and sizes. They are intentional gardens, distinctively matched to people and place, and crafted to last. We’ve chosen five design principles to bring a touch of luxury to your corner of paradise, large or small.
A luxury garden is:
1 MATCHED TO ITS PEOPLE
Whether your bliss is found in getting your hands dirty, a perfect spot to read a book, or as a social hub for friends, you should be able to find it in your garden. Gardens can tell stories of the owners’ origins, experiences and dreams. Luxurious gardens should be beautiful to look at and to live in. Clever, flexible spaces organised around who the owners are and what they do enable them to use and share the garden in ways they enjoy most.
2 GROUNDED IN ITS PLACE
A timeless landscape is sensitive to the local environment and context, working with the conditions and acknowledging its surroundings (even if through contrast). Luxuriant planting comes from careful selection to match the soils, microclimate, light and temperature of your location.
3 WELL CRAFTED
Whether it is paving, decking, or a detail like a pot or a piece of furniture, well-made objects and carefully selected materials bring character and longevity to a landscape. Colour, decoration and furnishings can tell the story of who you are and what has made you.
4 A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Fragrance, textures, colours, sounds and tastes that change with the seasons make being in the garden a rich experience and create wonderful memories.
5 DOESN’T COST THE EARTH
A luxurious garden can be earth-friendly too. Taking time to ensure elements of luxury do not come at the expense of the environment or other people’s welfare creates a garden of integrity that can be fully-enjoyed and appreciated.
Add a touch of lux to your backyard with Canopy Landscape Architect’s picks of what’s hot in outdoor furnishings.
Elba Table (RRP $889) and Dining Seats (RRP $442 each, covers RRP $35 each) from BoConcept. boconcept.com
Bellevie Sofa (RRP $3,450), Armchair (RRP $1,850) and Low Table (RRP $1,125) from Jardin. jardin.co.nz