Impressions Landscape – Design is proud to announce that we have received not one, not two, but three awards this year at the 2015 AILDM Awards Night, which was held on Friday 23rd October at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.
Adam McDonald and Ben Skiperdene were presented with a Gold Award & a Best in Category Award for Residential Designs $50,000 – $150,000, for their great work on a recent Concord project. Adam McDonald also received a Plantscape Gold Award, for the planting design on the same garden. This is a huge credit to both Adam and Ben. All their hard work and enthusiastic passion for the art of landscape design has been duly recognised.
These awards have been presented on the back of previous successes. In 2012 and 2013 we received multiple National Landscape awards presented by AILDM for Residential design and Plantscape.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) are a highly respected industry organisation comprising of members Australia wide. The AILDM National Design Awards are presented annually and celebrate the exceptional quality of work that is produced by the best landscape designers across the country. The quality of work that is encouraged at the Institute and at these events is very inspiring and we are filled with great pride to think that the caliber of the work we continue to produce is maintained within these standards.
We would like to thank AILDM once again for these prestigious awards. The whole Impressions team from design to construction to maintenance deserve thanks for their dedicated hard work. Most importantly though, we must thank our fantastic clients Brad and Kym Warner for trusting in us and allowing us to design, construct and now maintain their unique and engaging gardens. What an excellent reward for all!
One of our gardens designed, built and now maintained by Impressions Landscape – Design has been featured on Australia’s Better Homes & Gardens television show!!
Our cleverly designed Concord garden was selected to appear on the shows segment ‘small space gardens to inspire’. The team worked extremely hard on this garden and all the hard work has paid off. The project was completed just in time for Christmas of 2013 and has since flourished and developed into a beautiful outdoor space to be enjoyed by the whole family.
A big thank you to the Warner family for allowing the shows camera crew to take over their garden to film the segment.
To view the video online please click on the link below and watch the first 2:48 for a glimpse of this amazing project!
Here’s a snippet of what the garden looked like when it was first finished. With the help of our talented maintenance team you can see from the video how much this beautiful space has grown into itself.
We are very happy to announce that once again we have been hand selected as finalists by the AILDM national design judging panel. Along with a handful of successful national landscape designers we will be eagerly awaiting the results! Wish us luck!
Winners will be announced at AILDM’s prestigious awards night, which this year will be held as a cocktail party at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Rocks, Sydney. The party will be host to the elite of the industry and help celebrate the great talents of our National Landscape Designers.
We are very much looking forward to the event and we all have our fingers crossed!!
Now that the summer months are behind us and we’re bursting into autumn, we asked our Horticulture Manager – Keith Hunter, to pick out a few of his favourite autumn garden performers.
Watch this space for more autumnal updates….
Hydrangea quercifolia produces very long white flowers from late spring into early summer, personally the main attraction of this shrub is it spectacular foliage.
Widely known as the oak leaf Hydrangea, the foliage is big and bold and turns deep red during the autumn months. Avoid the temptation to remove any spent flower heads too soon, the pure white flowers can take on a light pink tinge, and as the flowers degrade further they become almost paper like in texture and brown in colour.
This Hydrangea may grow up to 2 meters in height, but can be easily pruned to maintain an attractive and balanced shape. Any pruning should be carried out in late winter – removing all dead, diseased and damaged growth. This is also the perfect time to remove those faded flower heads from the previous season…..if you haven’t already.
This herbaceous perennial often known as either the wind flower or Japanese Anemone, blooms through out the autumn months and is ideal for any shady or woodland themed garden. Flowers are produced from late February onwards and stand at just under a metre tall. During the winter months the plant shuts down and becomes dormant, this is an ideal time for some garden maintenance to prune away all of the previous seasons growth.
Their are many cultivars available, which vary in flower form and colour – from the elegant white through to dark pink. Anemones are an excellent companion when planted with Japanese maples, Camellia sasanqua and shade loving ferns.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
This perennial has been in bud and looking great for the past three weeks, it’s now in full flower and looking spectacular. Adding a great splash of pink to this garden design, it’s first on the list for any mixed planting combination. This Sedum can become quite leggy and top heavy. We prune our specimens back by a third in early December. This promotes bushier and compact growth, preventing the plants from splaying open when in flower.
An evergreen shrub often known at native lasiandra which produces light purple flowers throughout the autumn months, and should be considered as an alternative to the popular Tibouchina, which is widely notable across Sydney at this time of year. Although Melastoma doesn’t grow as big or as densely as it’s the South American counterpart, it’s still a great late flowering shrub to consider for any garden design. Removal of all old wood in late August will encourage the plant to burst back into life and set bud for an impressive autumnal display.
This evergreen ornamental grass adds so much value to a garden bed. It’s height and graceful movement make it an excellent addition to a mixed border, looking equally effective planted en masse in large drifts or as individual accent plants. From early autumn it produces stunning airy plumes that glow when lit up by the early morning sun. Regular lifting and dividing will keep the over all size of the plant in check and keep the plant growing vigoursly.
Our Horticulture team were delighted with the perfumed trellised Star Jasmine greeting them on entry on their recent Garden Maintenance Service visit to our Layabout Lilli Pilli Project.
This trellis design and Corten steel wall art has successfully softened the once dominant hard wall space. A simple but effective sensory feature. The signs of a flowering Star Jasmine definitely exemplify the welcomed transition into the warmer seasons… and who wouldn’t welcome this!
Take a look at our little Camperdown Terrace project completed earlier this year. It is coming together very nicely, the plants in the Greenwall have taken. Look at the transformation from when we posted it last. A lot of character for a little space! We would like to thank our client for sharing this photo with us.
and this was it post construction…
We are very excited to announce the expansion of our Landscape Design Division.
Impressions Landscape – Design will be opening a Canberra office in January 2015 to cater to new clients in the ACT and surrounding regions.
Our Award Winning Landscape Design team will be using their talent and creativity to impress the residents of Canberra, Yass, Queanbeyan, and the Southern Highlands.
If you or anyone you know is looking for landscape design services in these areas please contact Ben our Canberra Bureau Chief:
Ben Skiperdene – 0416 549 510
Watch this space for more on this exciting news…
An existing garden in Woolooware is currently undergoing an Impressions Landscape – Design transformation. Our lovely clients are after a flash new entertaining quarter and pool area to partner their relaxed and up beat personalities.
First stage is the pool area in time for summer swimming. Second stage includes a rear alfresco extension and pergola design that takes into account a greater scope for outdoor entertaining and optimised area to view the newly updated pool area and garden surrounds.