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AUSSIE RULES

A TYPICAL Australian garden is to be lived in and enjoyed. Scott Wynd built a masterpiece chill-out zone in among lush planting to create the perfect space in which to relax, eat and entertain. And he threw in a few luxury features, such as a spa and sitting pool.

Steal the style: Make a cohesive design by giving it a sexy circular theme. In this design Scott used circles to link features such as the moon window in the pavilion and cut shapes in the pergola roof as well as the paving feature and the bar stools of the pool's wet bar.

pounds How much Enjoy the luxury with a portable Lay-Z-Spa, pounds 399 (www.essexhottubcentre.co.uk, 01245 323000).

Trailfinders, designed by Scott Wynd of Fleming's Nurseries and built by Ian Barker & Associates

SPIRIT OF THE BEES (left) GARDEN designer Janey Auchincloss and architect Paul Hammond produced an attention-grabbing garden that highlighted the plight of the bee and showed how we can all do our bit for wildlife even in a small urban space by choosing not only wild flowers but ornamental plants which attract bees, such as salvia, echinops and lavender. Steal the style: Use a dark wall or fence as a backdrop to vibrant planting and, to make floors stand out, pick a golden sandstone paving.

pounds How much Honeybee Friendly starter plants collection, pounds 67.50 (www.habitataid.co.uk, 01749 812775). Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden by MR Gentry Landscapes

THE THOUGHT ZONE (left) DESIGNER

Andy Sturgeon used flowers in shades of orange, blue and purple, combined with spiky leaves and seed heads to create exoticlooking borders. These could be viewed through dramatic rust-coloured steel structures and peep-through walls, while listening to the soothing sound of running water in an L-shaped pool.

Steal the style: By leaving areas of sparsely-planted gravel you can create places to pause, contemplate and enjoy the views in your garden. pounds How much Ready-made plant combinations from pounds 20.97 (www.crocus.co.uk, 0844 557 2233).

The Daily Telegraph garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon and built by Crocus.co.uk

PIECE OF PROVENCE JAMES

Towillis manages to bring the delicious L'Occitane perfume essence to life with the lines of lavender typically found in Provence, alongside other sensuously fragrant plants such as verbena, thyme, sage and rosemary as well as brightly-coloured flowers, to awaken all the senses.

Steal the style: James recommends recycling authentic old tools and pots to give a traditional garden theme a stamp of authenticity.

pounds How much Scented and bee-loving plant collection, pounds 12 (www.kenmuir.co.uk, 01255 830181).

Inspired by Provence, L'Occitane Garden designed by James Towillis and built by Peter Dowlse Plants & Gardens

COTTAGE CLASSIC

THE M&G Garden was fit to burst with cottage garden favourites that were creatively arranged to bring out their best features such as flower colour and form against a backdrop of contemporary hard landscaping. Steal the style: Designer Roger Platts likes to thread brick pathways through the garden and under pergolas, which are covered in rambling roses to lead to a summerhouse or hidden pond. pounds How much You can visit Roger's own garden "Leydens" at Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5NH, on Sunday, August 8 12-5pm, pounds 3.50 (children and NGS members free). Entrance fee donated to the National Gardens Scheme incorporating various charities (www.rogerplatts.com, 01732 863318).

MALAYSIAN MAGIC DESIGNERS

David Cubero and James Wong fused lush, wild and naturalistic rainforest planting with modern-style shade building to make this otherwise urban setting feel like a Kampung village garden. It demonstrated perfectly how it's possible to turn an English garden into your favourite exotic holiday location.

Steal the style: For urban chic use simple, clean lines and smooth paving to contrast with lush leaves, architectural plants and vibrant exotic-looking blooms.

pounds How much Hardy architectural plants from pounds 7.50 (www.architecturalplants.com, 01403 891772).

Show garden by Tourism Malaysia Garden designed by David Cubero & James Wong of Amphibian Designs Ltd and built by Landform Consultants Ltd
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2010
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