Landscapers, Landscape Design Company | Harrison's Landscaping, Sydney NSW Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:49:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Daily Telegraph Feature Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:23:08 +0000 Did you catch our Randwick project in the Daily Telegraph Home Mag lift-out?  This in-depth article looks at our inspiration and material selections for this family friendly pool and garden.  You can read the full article here.

Photography by Natalie Hunfalvay

Staff Profile: Sam Snaith Wed, 31 May 2017 23:20:57 +0000 At the forefront of all Harrisons projects, is the landscape design, and more importantly, how that design compliments the architecture of the home and our client’s lifestyle.   We sit down with Sam Snaith, the Lead Designer at Harrisons to discuss why he’s keeping things simple and of course, Missy Elliot.  


Who is Sam Snaith and what’s your role at Harrisons?

I’m just an average bloke with an above average life.  I live in a quite beach side suburb with my wife and young daughter.  I manage our design team which consists of landscape designers, landscape architects and an administrative team.  We handle not only the design but also the council approval process.   

Why garden design, and what do you enjoy about it most?

My mum asked me at the age of 7 what I wanted to be when I grew up and my response was “landscape architect”…..and here we are. I love the balance between client liaison throughout the design process and the solitude which comes with drafting/design.

As a designer looking at a new project, what is your priority?

I want to know as much about my clients as possible.  It’s obviously crucial that the design sits well with the architecture of the home, but more importantly the design needs to compliment the client’s personality and lifestyle. Design is a collaborative process and together with our client we achieve a garden that functions well and ages gracefully.

What inspires you in design?

Other designers!!! Our industry has so many creative minds and people seem to feed off each other.  I’ve always been an admirer of Indigenous art and I draw a lot of inspiration about the scale and restraint the artists use.  

What makes a garden great?

A comfortable spatial layout. Garden spaces need to be perfectly proportioned for them to feel right.

If you were a plant, what would it be?

Passiflora edulis, slightly left of centre, however strikingly beautiful with a tough exterior but soft inside. 

What’s special about where you live?

The people I live with (my family) and a 10 minute walk to the beach.

What’s your philosophy on life?

Keep it simple and be nice to each other.

What is the most played song on your playlist?

Oh no… I promised myself I would be honest in this questionnaire….Currently it’s Missy Elliot. “Work It” 

What’s next for Sam Snaith?

Hopefully another overseas surf trip, however with another baby due in June, that’s highly unlikely.

Shelly Beach Update Mon, 15 May 2017 22:40:10 +0000 Our construction team completed this project we designed in Shelly Beach, Manly in February.  The balustrade was being installed this week which gave us the perfect opportunity to grab a few progress pics.  Whilst the planting is obviously still young, the garden is settling in well.

We were engaged by our clients to completely redesign this steep water-front garden.  The entire existing landscape was a mass of Lantana and collapsing sandstone walls.  We completely stripped the site back to a blank canvas and implemented a landscape design featuring a series of sandstone terraces with timber stairs winding in between.  Hardy coastal shrubs were a must in the landscape design due to amount of salt, sun and wind the garden is exposed to.


  Sandstone dry-pack walls were installed to create terraces throughout the garden.  


  A series of Spotted Gum stairs wind throughout the terraces.  The timber has been left untreated to turn a beautiful silvery grey.


  Sandstone stairs which lead up to a circular lounging area, surrounded by low hardy coastal plants.


  Looking down from above with the beautiful Tree Fern canopy.

Freshwater Garden Thu, 04 May 2017 06:24:01 +0000 This house & garden located in Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was once an original 1950’s brick bungalow on a level block of lawn without a single plant or tree on the entire block.  It also happens to be the family home of our very own, Josh & Anna Harrison.  Make sure you check out the before & after shots at the very end!!


After a major renovation and rear extension a garden design was implemented to compliment the couples lifestyle. “This is the first home we’ve renovated and we love the area, so we designed the house with kids in mind.  Which was lucky because we now have a 12 week old!” Says Anna. “We’re always having friends over so the garden needed to compliment our love of entertaining”.


A large covered Spotted Gum deck extends off the rear of the house providing a protected area to dine and entertain.  “The back of the house faces North” Says Josh, “So the house was designed to capture as much sun as possible.  We selected Spotted Gum for the deck, as we wanted the timber to turn a silvery grey tone to match the internal floor boards.”

The built-in BBQ with a polished concrete bench top is set in front of a vertical Spotted Gum screen with copper spaces were used to separate the batons. 



The stairs which lead down onto the lawn, feature an integrated bench seat and provide a great place to sit in the sun.  “It’s the perfect place to sit in the sun with a drink or reading a book.” 



Another bench seat, this one made of stone, sits at the north west corner of the property and curves in front of a Jacaranda tree. “A client of mine who owns a property down in the Southern Highlands came across some stone from a 150 year old bridge that had recently been demolished.  He asked if I wanted it, and I was on my way the next day!” Says Josh.



The curved lawn is surrounded with a mixture of coastal, traditional, exotic and screening plants.  The planting scheme and layout creates contrast by blending the texture and tones of different foliage.  Feature trees include a Dracaena draco, Chinese Elm, Jacaranda, Leopard Tree and a Coastal Banksia.

“We live in a suburban area and we’re surrounded by neighbours.  We wanted visitors to walk through the house and forget that they’re in suburbia.” Says Josh. “All my favourite plants are in this garden and I try to spend at least a little bit of time in the garden every day, even if it’s just a bit of pruning. I’m constantly adding and relocating plants too.  Anna thinks the plants have anxiety from a fear of change.”

The entire project can be viewed here.




Home renovation works carried out by Greg McNair from Mac Building Co.

Photography by Hannah Blackmore.


Before and After

Creating an Outdoor Kitchen Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:38:44 +0000 A well designed outdoor kitchen or BBQ isn’t just about the food; more importantly an outdoor kitchen provides social interaction within the garden.  With so many options now available, it can be overwhelming navigating the endless possibilities.  Here are our tips for creating the perfect outdoor kitchen:


Set realistic priorities

While it can be very easy to get carried away when selecting from the vast array of appliances available, it’s important to stop and prioritise what’s really important to you.  Outdoor kitchens can surprisingly take up a lot of space and begin to look out of scale within the garden, so it’s a good idea to consider if you really need the pizza oven, wok burner, outdoor fridge, 8 burner BBQ, rotisserie, sink & mixer or dishwasher; especially when the kitchen in the house is only 10 feet away.  Often all that’s needed to create a function outdoor kitchen that gets plenty of use is a BBQ and plenty of bench space. By only choosing the appliances that you’ll regularly use, the design will be far more simplified, refined and won’t dominate the space.



Location and position within the garden

An outdoor kitchen needs to be located within close proximity to the dining and entertaining area.  Cooking a BBQ is such a social event which guests naturally gravitate towards, and it’s just not fair for the poor old cook to feel like a castaway, especially when he/she is the one doing all the hard work.  The closer the outdoor kitchen is to the home or dining area will also increase the amount it gets used.  BBQ’s that are located all the way down the back of the garden or down the side of the house are quickly forgotten and replaced by the ease of cooking inside.



You get what you pay for

Investing in good quality appliances which were specifically designed for outdoor use is a must.  It can be tempting to purchase cheap appliances, but consider these appliances are exposed to the elements and on top of the standard wear & tear of indoor kitchen appliances, outdoor appliances just won’t be cleaned and maintained to the same level.  Make sure all the appliances are made using a high grade stainless steel and were designed for exterior use.



The design needs to compliment the home

Try to create a visual connection back to the architecture & style of the home.  This can be achieved by using a combination of:

  • Matching the external bench-top to the internal kitchen.  Just remember to first check if the bench top is suitable for exterior use. 
  • Use similar materials found elsewhere in the home and garden.
  • If your cabinetry is painted, use a colour found elsewhere in the home.
  • The actual shape and design of the structure needs to be in keeping with the home, otherwise it’ll look like an afterthought. 


An outdoor kitchen which is designed correctly will create a focal point within the garden and provide a practical solution for cooking. It’ll also create a social environment and unspoken meeting place within the garden for guests, so they can debate how many times you should turn a steak! 

We’re Loving: Pastels Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:26:04 +0000 2017 certainly seems to be the year of pastels.  You can expect to start seeing more of those sugary-sweet pastel colours gracing everything from clothes to garden pots.  One of our favourites is the new limited edition Straight Up pots in pastels from The Balcony Garden.

Why we’re loving these?

The connection between home and garden is never been stronger.  Indoor plants are in and that means indoor pots too.  We think these pastel pots will brighten any corner of your home and look absolutely amazing with dark green foliage when planted in a cluster of three.

Where can you buy them from?

Head on over to The Balcony Garden and grab yourself a three pot cluster to brighten that dark corner of any room.

Pool Trends for 2017 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:48:51 +0000 This article written by Josh Harrison, appeared in the most recent issue of Pool + Spa Magazine and provides some insight into the pool trends for 2017. 

Pool design is currently going through a renaissance as pool owners look for a more refined, simple design. The days of flashy glass windows and swim-up bars are behind us.

Situating a pool in the landscape should be one of the first factors considered when designing the space. Second to only the home itself, a pool is typically the main focal point of any garden and there are a few factors that must be considered to ensure a successful design.

The size or scale of the pool in relation to the rest of the garden is the first item we address, as the proposed pool needs to sit well in its new location. While there is no magic formula, the pool’s location and size need to complement the home and garden, not overwhelm them.

Nearly all the pools we design these days are a simple shape and layout — typically a basic rectangle or square (whichever sits best in the proposed location). Features such as swimouts or floating steppers tend to dominate the rest of the garden and can create a disjointed feel. The trend towards simplicity in shape has also led to a reduction in oversized pools, with the most popular sizes being anything up to 8 x 4 m.

While wet-edge or infinity-edge pools have been on trend for many years, they are still an effective way of adding a restrained and clean design feature. Used in the correct location, a wet-edge pool can look like a sheet of glass overlooking the rest of the garden or landscape.

Fully tiled pool interiors are now within many clients’ reach due to the increased affordability of tile options. Consumer awareness of the many benefits of tiles has also increased. Fully tiled pools project a uniform water colour, are smooth underfoot and are easier to keep clean. As pool sizes have decreased, so too has the cost of fully tiling a pool, making the option far more likely to fit within most people’s budgets.

It wouldn’t be 2017 without the smartphone making its way into the world of swimming pools. Our clients are enjoying the ease of operating all their pool filtration and heating equipment from their iPhone. Tri-link controllers are an intuitive system that link the pool’s filtration system to any smartphone. We’ve found this technology has made the process of maintaining a pool easier for our busy clients.

Overall, the pool design trends for 2017 and beyond are all about simple design that complements the rest of the landscape and, most importantly, makes the client’s life easier. After all, no-one wants to spend their weekends maintaining a huge, complex pool when they should be just enjoying it.

For the full article head over to Pool + Spa Magazine.


Family Friendly Landscape Design Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:58:28 +0000 We completed this pool and garden in Randwick nearly 2 years ago.  Our clients are a young family with 3 energetic boys.  Our landscape design was created to suit their busy lifestyle.  

A beautifully renovated federation home sits upon a flat suburban block in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.  We were given a blank canvas and asked to create a family friendly, low maintenance garden that complimented our client’s creative style.

We used a mixture of raw materials to honor the period of the home.  Natural Bluestone was used around the pool with Spotted Gum screens providing an interesting backdrop. The Spotted Gum was left untreated, so the timber will ‘grey-off’ and create that beautiful silvery tone.  The same untreated Spotted Gum was used for the large timber deck off the rear of the house.

An organic stone feature wall was installed at the end of the pool to hide a storage shed.  Adjacent to the stone wall is a another timber screen with a copper shower to rinse off after a swim.

A mixture of native, sub-tropical and exotic plant species were chosen to create texture and interest from all angles.


Cliff Top Garden Northern Beaches Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:27:59 +0000 We’ve been hard at work on this large scale landscape design project in Manly on the Northern Beaches.  The property overlooks Fairy Bower and the existing gardens were in need of an upgrade.  Our landscape design includes a series of dry-jointed sandstone walls to create usable terraces, and provides an opportunity for more planting to soften the embankment.

Three large sets of hardwood timber stairs are also included in the landscape design.  The stairs will be constructed out of Spotted Gum to compliment the Australian coast line.  An eclectic mixture of coastal natives and hardy exotics will make up the planting scheme.  Stay tuned as things progress.


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Project update – Northern Beaches Infinity Edge Pool Tue, 02 Aug 2016 06:39:58 +0000 This three sided infinity edge pool overlooking Terrey Hills golf course on the Northern Beaches is sure to be a stunner.  The pool was designed to replicate a sheet of glass running out towards the golf course.  Concrete gets installed next week so stay tuned for more progress pics.

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