Featurette: Forest in a Garden

If one would drive along the main thoroughfare in Nilai Impian, one’s eyes would transfixed on one particular bungalow home, it’s simply different from the rest as it seemed to be nestled within lush greeneries. The owners happened to be dear old friends of mine, Dr. Hj. Zaidi Md Isa and his lovely wife Hjh Hasiah Yahaya. Due to my fascination of their lush garden, I voiced my intention to highlight their garden in this featurette and being house-proud they readily consented. Dr Zaidi is an entomologist by profession, which means he is an expert on bugs, not the ones that plague digital machines but the real creepy crawlies specially the ones inhabit our forest. That also means Dr Zaidi understands and appreciate nature and the environment. Dr Zaidi Garden Creation-1Dr Zaidi Md IsaDr Zaidi Creation-7 Dr Zaidi Creation-2Dr Zaidi Creation-10Dr Zaidi Creation-5 His garden or as he puts it “my lepak hangout area” is in an area of about 5000 sq. ft. surrounding his house. He conceptualise the idea of a “mini forest” for his garden, I reckoned it would kind of remind him of the forest he spends so much time in, researching his bugs. My guess was right as he described how he loves to spend time in the lush green surrounding of our forest, with fresh air with high humidity, creating a natural climate controlled environment. Thus also it creates a unique space to entertain friends and family. Dr. Zaidi has diligently and meticulously incorporated some interesting concepts and ideas to enhance the mini forest look amidst his home setting by; Creating a green perimeter...

Foliage Plants For Garden Decoration

Gardens for Homes Series: Foliage Plants For Garden Decoration In tropical countries, there are many plants with attractive foliage or leaves that can be appealing in the planting composition for garden decoration. The features of these ‘foliage’ plants are in its varieties of shapes, textures and colors of the leaves. These characters are everlasting as compared to seasonal flowering plants. Thus, for gardens that uses ‘foliage’ plants as their planting concept will not require as much attention such as regular interchanging of plants. The concept of using these leafy plants can also invigorate the corner of the garden that does not get enough sunshine, for most of these crops are shade tolerant plants. As such, these plants are also suitable for indoor planting, where sunlight is reduced. The approach to planting composition using ‘foliage’ plants is by positioning the plants according to its hierarchy in size, ie. taller plants in the back layer whilst the shorter ones in the front row to give an illusion of a bigger space. The visual impact of this planting composition is by creative arrangement of the plants using different textures, leave shapes and shade of coloured leaves, giving either a contrast or a harmonious composition. By adding splashes of some strong coloured or variegated leaves in the composition helps to brighten the garden.         Just like any other garden decoration concept, these foliage plant composition can be combined with suitable hard landscape and garden ornaments such as pots, rocks etc to create a whole integrated design.       By: Rozita Abdul Hamid Rozita is a Landscape Architect / Master...

Decorative Garden For Small Spaces in Residential

Gardens for Homes Series: Decorative Garden For Small Spaces Design Space No matter how small the space allotted for a decorative garden in your home, it can be designed and customised in accordance to the size and shape of the given space. Fine examples of small spaces in your homes that can be decorated into a garden are the balcony, indoor courtyard or even any small indoor niche. Just as the typical home gardens, small decorative gardens can also contain elements of classic home and garden decor such as water element, potted plants, rocks, wooden deck, and garden furniture and so on. These garden elements are small and simple in form, and easily assembled without requiring heavy construction. Planting should also be made in pots, using small-sized and shade-resistant plant species. Hardscape For a balcony or indoor niche of the house, the floor area can be replaced with rocks, wood decking or artificial turf to add distinctiveness. Water elements such as fountains and fish ponds add interest or focal points to the garden space. These can be made using materials such as pebbles, bricks, wood and use of pool liners or large pot or container to contain the water. If space is not too constraint, garden furniture such as tea table or small benches can be placed in the small garden or balcony as an extension of living space.           Planting Plants for indoor garden spaces can be planted in planters or pots. If space is limited it can also be planted on a vertical planting method or a green wall. Like planting on the...

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