Hi, I’m Justin Nigh, award winning landscape designer, horticulturalist, and founder of Regenerative Designs Australia.
I design natural style sustainable gardens with an emphasis on Australian native and low maintenance exotic plants and materials that are suited to Australian conditions, helping to ensure the success of your investment and reduce your garden maintenance.
I help people transform their ordinary garden into a special outdoor space they love to spend time in. If you’re renovating your existing garden or planning a new one, I’d love to help you create a custom landscaping plan tailored to your unique style and lifestyle, whether you’ll DIY, use a professional landscaper, or both.
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The Value of Good Garden Design
Great gardens & landscapes don’t just happen by accident, but because they’re thoughtfully and intentionally created based on good landscape design.
If you want a great garden, you need a great plan. And that’s exactly what my easy to understand computer drawn plans will do for your outdoor space.
The typical residential garden has many problems and visual offenses. Overgrown or inappropriately placed plants, awkward walkways and entrances, and shapeless lawn areas are just a few of the common problems.
Back yards are often as guilty of poor layout and visual chaos.
The reasons for these problems can include:
lack of homeowner appreciation or knowledge of good garden design
outdated building practices
lack of finances
But it’s also because some people who plan and implement residential gardens lack understanding and training in the fundamentals of design.
Did you know that many people currently designing and installing residential gardens, such as builders and landscapers, do so as a result of on-the-job training having little or no design education?
This means they might be able to build your deck, retaining wall, or install your garden, but without any consideration for good design, will it result in outdoor spaces that look, function, and feel great too?
The Benefits of Landscape Design
Some of the benefits of a landscape design for your property includes:
Improve your quality of life
If your outdoor space is poorly planned and designed it will directly affect your quality of life because you have to live with it every day. My award winning designs create beautiful and comfortable outdoor areas you’ll enjoy living in.
Save time and money
Bad design, or none at all, costs three times as much as good design. First, when you build it. Second, when you have to live with it. Third, when you pay to have it changed or removed. Planning your landscape with me helps avoid wasting time and money on avoidable mistakes.
Boost your property value and curb appeal
Well designed landscapes increase property value, and can save you money too. A well placed tree can increase your air conditioner efficiency. Curb appeal isn’t just for the neighbours either, you’ll enjoy coming home to your beautiful garden at the end of your day. And it’ll attract potential buyers when it’s time to sell.
Your site can be imagined as a series of outdoor rooms. Outdoor rooms are the basic structure of good design and function, similarly to those inside. They can be extensions of indoor living so that your inside and outside living areas are connected, so you’ll get better use of your outdoor space.
Residential garden design is more than just “landscaping” or arranging plants. Plants fill many key roles in the design of your residential site, but they aren’t the only, nor the most important, elements I use to create exterior space. This means I can craft ideas for your outdoor space that you, or a landscaper, is unlikely to have even considered.
The principles of unity, order, and rhythm, that I use to design your residential site is standard practice of experienced designers.
You’re virtually ensured you’ll end up with a well-executed garden design by my skillful use of these design principles and best practices.
Landscape Design Plans
The Concept Plan
The concept plan is the blueprint for your garden. It develops the overall vision and layout for your outdoor space. It shows you everything you need to know to create a great garden so you aren’t overwhelmed by decisions. The plan can be implemented at your own pace and budget. Whether you do the landscaping yourself, or engage one of our preferred landscape professionals, or a bit of both, the concept plan helps you get it right the first time. Below is an example of a concept plan.
The Planting Plan
The planting plan is made up of two parts. A graphical plan that visually identifies all the plants in the garden design, and the plant schedule, which is a list of the specific plants, expected size at maturity, quantities, container size, and any maintenance notes. The plant schedule acts as a shopping list when sourcing plants, which makes it easy to know exactly what plants to buy, how many, and in what size pot or container. I also offer a plant sourcing service to source quality plant stock and harder to find plants.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM
the landscape design process
INITIAL CONSULTATION & BRIEF
I meet you at your property to learn about how you want to use your outdoor space. Then a design brief summarising your vision and goals is prepared and sent to you along with fees and services for your consideration.
I’ll visit your property again to catalog and assess the site conditions so appropriate decisions are made when preparing your custom design.
This is the first draft of your garden blueprint. It shows you the layout of all your outdoor spaces including paving, structures, retaining walls, steps and paths, pools, water features, and planting areas.
CONCEPT PLAN & DESIGN DETAILS
The final draft of your landscape design includes the overall concept at a minimum, with the option for a planting plan that shows you all the necessary planting details, and a layout plan detailing the dimensions of the elements of your design.
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