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You're not going to believe this garden before and after

Sad, sorry and down right ugly, this tired 70s house and garden needed a total makeover. Enter Ascher Smith Exterior Styling and Landscaping based in Perth Western Australia. OMG the after is nothing less than a miracle. A Moroccan vibe with liberal retro references it is the perfect family outdoor space. Love it!

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The garden of landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith

I typically love structured gardens but holy smokes the property of British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith is absolutely beautiful and has a magical quality to it. The Barn Garden at Serge Hill is about 25 miles north of London. It has been created by Tom and his family over the last 25 years and is periodically open for groups by appointment. The garden is part work in progress (as all gardens are), part experiment; a bit new and messy in some places and getting quite middle aged in others. It is very much a home and not a show garden. If there is one idea that holds it together it is about trying to anchor a place, about creating a focus for living in a landscape that is slowly losing its weave and detail.

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Ivy and stone

It might be winter in my part of the world but that didn't stop me pottering around the garden on the weekend. Pruning and raking, simple hard landscaping and planning for the summer to come. Dreaming of courtyard gardens with sandstone paving and ivy growing up walls, firepit and crunchy gravel, sun traps and sunken ponds. Dreaming of a garden like this one in South Yarra, Melbourne by Kate Seddon Landscape Design.

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Hideaway in the city

I can't help it. Even though it's winter here I keep daydreaming about backyards and outdoor spaces. And if I owned a teeny tiny courtyard garden behind a terrace house in the inner city I couldn't think of a better outdoor solution. Pool, a place to sit and soak up the sun, benches for friends to gather, perhaps a slightly bigger table for al fresco dining, a frangipani to grow up and give me shade in the summer and sun in the winter and the promise of a carpet of sweet smelling flowers at my feet. A private hideaway tucked above a garage in Sydney's Paddington by Outdoor Establishments.

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Contemporary meets classic garden

This Vaucluse, Sydney garden may be young but it's contemporary meets classic formality mix is fabulous. It will be perfect when the trees mature and the stakes and ties are no longer needed. Another great design by Harrison's Landscaping.

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