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Feature gardens from habitat magazine

Is it time to rethink your landscape design? Get inspired by habitat's collection of garden projects.

From rambling rural gardens to tiny city courtyards, there's a garden design to inspire. Each issue of habitat features a garden with tips and ideas to stimulate your imagination. Create a garden to relax and unwind in nature, a social spot to hang out with family and friends or carve out a nook where you can enjoy a quiet coffee in the corner of your favourite spot outside.

As always, learn how colour brings each project's unique vision to life - from formal to whimsical or to an oasis of calm. Colour truly can transform the look and feel you want to achieve. We hope the following featured gardens help you get inspired for your own project!

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Using bright paint colours to give your garden vibrancy

Perennial brights

Bold Resene paint colours inject vibrancy into this Waikato garden, regardless of whether the flowers are in bloom or taking a seasonal break... more

City sanctuary

City sanctuary

For landscape designer Zöe Carafice, developing a garden on a small plot in Auckland's Grey Lynn was a passion project... more

habitat 39, spring/summer 23/24

Urban oasis - calming zen garden

Urban oasis

A landscape designer has created a calming zen garden where Resene colours and plants work harmoniously.... more

habitat 38, autumn/winter 23/24

Holding court

Holding court

This courtyard garden is filled to the brim with colour thanks to its owners' magic touch with roses and a paintbrush... more

habitat 37, spring/summer 22/23

The sanctuary

The sanctuary

It's impossible to count the many different shades of green that appear in Claire Talbot's garden... more

habitat 36, autumn/winter 2022

The enchanted garden

The enchanted garden

A charming garden in Drury is planted with roses, annuals, perennials and a sprinkle of whimsy... more

habitat 35, spring/summer 21/22

A gate to remember

A gate to remember

A structured garden created by an avid DIYer bursts with pops of Resene colour... more

habitat 34, autumn/winter 2021

Go with the flow

Go with the flow

A 1930s bungalow gets refreshed with Resene, both inside and out... more

habitat 33, spring/summer 2020

Backyard forward

Backyard forward

When Flint and Celia Ainsworth built their home in Hawke's Bay, they approached the project with a unique point of view, working their design from back to front... more

habitat 30, autumn/winter 2019

Why be bland?

Why be bland?

So often, house exteriors are painted in a restrained palette of tonal neutrals... more

habitat 29, spring/summer 18/19

It’s an illusion

It’s a widely held assumption that courtyard gardens have to be minimalist... more

habitat 28, autumn/winter 2018

Making it her own

Most people who buy a house with a well established garden would be tempted to let it be. Not so with Louise Dunning... more

habitat 27, spring/summer 17/18

A little bit of Bali

A little bit of Bali

This peaceful garden is a tribute to the design and philosophy of a far-away tropical island... more

habitat 26, autumn/winter 2017

Birds, bees and bounty

Birds, bees and bounty

Behind Juliet Nicholas and Ken McAnergney’s house lies a garden that keeps the inhabitants fed... more

habitat 25, spring/summer 16/17

Perfectly formed

Perfectly formed

It's not hard to guess which is the landscape designer's garden as you drive down this quiet suburban street... more

habitat 24, autumn/winter 2016

Nature’s way

Nature’s way

Rugged, earthy colours take the lead in this stunning mountainous garden... more

habitat 23, spring/summer 15/16

To infinity and beyond

To infinity and beyond

We’ve all heard of infinity swimming pools but one architect has created his very own ‘infinity kitchen’... more

habitat 22, autumn/winter 2015

Good for the soul

Good for the soul

Moving north to the sunny climes of Hawkes Bay inspired Steve and Annie Harrington to give their garden a radical makeover... more

habitat 21, summer 14/15

Touches of whimsy

Touches of whimsy

Long grass and broken down sheds have been transformed into a whimsical oasis for this historic homen... more

habitat 20, winter 2014

Artistic sensibilities

Artistic sensibilities

Bold colour, fun planting and structural good looks are the signatures of a garden owned by an architect and an artist... more

habitat 19, summer 13/14

The secret garden

The secret garden

The tree-covered Waitakere Ranges in Auckland are the perfect setting for a serene garden... more

habitat 18, winter 2013

The big small garden

The big small garden

Simple yet stylish was the approach taken by this seasoned gardener to her small site... more

habitat 17, summer 12/13

Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

Splashes of red and a black house are perfect ingredients for an oriental style garden... more

habitat 16, winter 2012

Return to Eden

Return to Eden

After a barren dirt garden in their Nigerian home, this family wanted to immerse themselves in colour and greenery... more

habitat 15, summer 11/12

Out of the square

Out of the square

For 16 years, the ideas for a garden were forming in Sara Noble’s mind... more

habitat 14, winter 2011

In the stars

In the stars

If you are born under the star sign Taurus, chances are you are going to be a colour freak... more

habitat 13, summer 10/11

Easy glamour

Easy glamour

This smart easy-care garden beautifully complements the iconic Art Deco architecture of the house it surrounds... more

habitat 12, winter 2010

Recipe for relaxation

Recipe for relaxation

An easy-care garden, great indoor/outdoor flow and a sun-drenched pool... more

habitat 11, summer 09/10

Born again

Born again

A 'dreadful' Christchurch garden is remodeled into a soothing sanctuary... more

habitat 10, winter 2009

East meets west

East meets west

When it came to creating a garden for their new home, Tony and Deb Wilson were inspired by a recent trip to Bali... more

habitat 09, summer 2008

The heat is on

The heat is on

After generations in the same family, a cliff top garden now boasts a cosy outdoor dining setting complete with fireplace... more

habitat 08, winter 2008

Decked out

Decked out

With the addition of a roomy living room/kitchen opening out onto a large deck and back garden... more

habitat 07, summer 07/08

Far from retiring

Far from retiring

The retired couple have always been keen gardeners. They lived in Wanganui for more than 30 years, where they developed a large garden... more

habitat 06, winter 2007

A touch of the tropics

A touch of the tropics

A family visit to Queensland provided the inspiration for Jo and Craig Howe's garden and pool, on their lifestyle block... more

habitat 05, summer 06/07

The textured garden

The textured garden

A Lower Hutt garden offers an inspiring example of the way texture and colour can be used to turn a formerly bare lawn into an unusual and dramatic space... more

habitat 04, winter 2006

Garden by the sea

Garden by the sea

The beach is a great place to live and it's so quintessentially Kiwi. Seaside homes enjoy an outlook that's constantly changing... more

habitat 03, summer 05/06

Going with the flow

Going with the flow

A well-designed garden pathway is like a good friend, leading you confidently through the landscape and ultimately brining you to a clear destination... more

habitat 02, winter 2005

Outdoor room with a view

Outdoor room with a view

It was a fairly typical backyard – slightly sloping lawn, foliage around the edges, a few failing fruit trees and neighbours on all sides... more

habitat 01, summer 04/05

 

habitat is printed on environmentally responsible paper using environmentally responsible ink.

From issue 8 onwards, copies flow wrapped and sent to Resene Cardholders are flow wrapped in environmentally responsible material from epi-global. This product when discarded in soil in the presence of microorganisms, moisture and oxygen will biodegrade decomposing into simple materials found in nature, as described in ASTM D6954-04.

 

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