News & Updates
Experienced Gardeners Wanted
Harrisons is looking for experienced gardeners to join our team. This is an exciting role within our Maintenance Team working on some truly stunning gardens.
The 3 Best Indoor Plants
House plants can look stunning, and caring for them can be super rewarding. Whether you’re looking for a smaller plant to hang in the bathroom, or a larger plant to sit in the corner of the living room, bringing greenery into your space can bring more colour and character to an area.
Balmain Project Deep Dive
We were engaged by our clients to design a pool and garden which would honour the timelessness of the home. The home is one of the largest free-standing residences in Balmain which includes a sizeable yard given the area.
Opuntia ‘Burbank Spineless’
Opuntia or Prickly Pear as they’re often known is so popular now, you see them popping up in gardens as well as inside peoples homes. This variety of Opuntia is a favourite of ours due to it being near spineless, drought tolerant and the instant impact it brings to any garden.
What’s Your Favourite Spoon?
Kalanchoes are one of the most versatile and diverse species of plants in the world. Two of the most popular Kalanchoe are Silver Spoons and Copper Spoons. It’s not often that a plant’s common name can be so accurate!
Our Favourite Aloes
Aloes come in many shapes and forms. From small flowering Aloes up to Aloe trees, one thing they all have in common is their impact on any garden. Aloes are known for their stunning flowers, drought tolerance and overall wow-factor. Here are a few of our favourite Aloes!
Pool Trends 2020
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.
Agave ‘Blue Glow’
A plant we’re loving right now is the Agave ‘Blue Glow’… This stunning Agave grows to 60cm tall and wide, with wide green-blue leaves.
InsideOut Magazine Feature
A garden we designed & installed in Bondi was recently featured in InsideOut Magazine.
A History of Community Gardening (and Where it Stands Within Society Today)
Community gardens can be wonderful places where locals can unite to grow plants (generally of the edible variety), share these plants with others, and connect with their community.
Neomarica Gracilis – Walking Iris
The Neomarica gracilis gets it’s common name; Walking Iris due to the amazing method this plant self-propagates. As the gorgeous blue & white flowers appear, they become too heavy for the leaves to support. The leaves then fall to the ground with the flower still attached and take root creating a new plantlet. Given enough room the Neomarica gracilis will “walk” through the garden…
It’s nothing new that succulents have taken the world by storm. Their no-fuss, low maintenance characteristics make them perfect for even the blackest of thumbs.
Creating Texture in the Garden
Texture is what makes a planted garden great. By implementing a planting scheme with contrasting form, foliage and texture, one can create interest and dimension within the garden.
Pool Trends 2019
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
Using timber within a landscape
Sharing a meal with friends on the back deck is quintessentially Australian. The use of timber as a building material is so common within our industry and for good reason. The versatility timber offers coupled with its natural warmth makes it a favourite of ours at Harrisons. Types of timber: Spotted Gum: One of the
Creating a hardy coastal garden full of thriving plants needs careful consideration to ensure success. Fortunately there are plenty of wonderful species that thrive in harsh coastal conditions. Some of our favourites are: Westringia – Coastal Rosemary Cotton Lavender Agave Blue Glow Buxus Blue Chalk Sticks Raphiolepis indica Philodendron Xanadu Pennisetum
Daily Telegraph Feature
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
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, Director and the Lead Designer at Harrisons to discuss “the men in grey suits” and of course, Missy Elliot.
Shelly Beach Update
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
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
Creating an Outdoor Kitchen
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
We’re Loving: Pastels
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
Family Friendly Landscape Design
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
Bronte Pool + Garden
This project in Bronte in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is nearing completion. Our landscape design included a fully tiled pool with built-in spa, large entertaining deck, custom timber bench seating and a sun-loving tropical planting scheme. The coping is a limestone from Eco Outdoor with interior pool tiles by Ezzari.
Cliff Top Garden Northern Beaches
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
Project update – Northern Beaches Infinity Edge Pool
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.
Feature Project – New pool + garden
This pool and garden we design & installed just over 6 months ago is coming along great. The large leaf Alocasia are growing like crazy and the timber is settling in well. This fully tiled pool features a floating deck and swim-jet. Stay tuned for more pics soon.
Sandstone is a timeless material that never ages. While it’s often used as the go-to material for formal and stately homes, we love using sandstone on contemporary projects. The natural organic feeling of sandstone is a beautiful contrast to the clean lines, rendered walls and minimalist feel on contemporary design.
The Day Lilies were out and about on a large project we’ve been working on in Bayview. The flowers are stunning, hopefully there’s more to come!
Kalanchoe ‘Silver Spoons’
One of our favourite small shrubs, which is actually a succulent, is Kalanchoe Silver Spoons. This hardy plant is perfect for both pots and garden beds. The beautiful silvery foliage contrasts perfectly with a rich green background.
Waterloo Rooftop Garden
These photos were taken today of a rooftop garden we designed and installed in Waterloo, Sydney. The rooftop garden was installed in September 2015 and is growing in nicely. The rooftop concept by our landscape design team included large format light weight pots, a custom outdoor kitchen, custom powder coated planter and contemporary furniture.
Gardens By The Bay – Singapore
I was recently lucky enough to travel to Singapore and explore the amazing Gardens By The Bay. These incredible gardens which are housed inside two enormous greenhouses, feature a diverse range of plant species: Cacti, Grass Trees, Boab Trees, Succulents, Tropical Species, Cherry Blossoms and more. These gardens are definitely worth a visit if you’re in
This project in Hunters Hill features a beautiful green roof which cascades over the sides and is visible from the living area. The plant species include Senecio, Carpobrotus, Russelia and Alcantereas.
If you’re looking for a low maintenance option to hide that ugly fence or wall, Ficus pumila could be for you. Otherwise known as Sticky Fig, this vigorous, climber attaches itself to surfaces by means of aerial roots.
We’re Loving – The Muffin Top?
We LOVE pots at Harrison’s, and one of our favourites right now is the Willow ‘Muffin Top’ from The Balcony Garden.
Sneak Peek – Hunters Hill
We recently had this project in Hunters Hill photographed. Here’s a few sneak peek. Stay tuned for more to come!
Our landscape design and construction division recently completed this beautiful outdoor kitchen in Bondi. The landscape design features a raw concrete bench top, Electrolux BBQ and custom cabinetry.
Pool Renovation Eastern Suburbs
Our pool renovation team recently completed a full renovation of this swimming pool in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The existing pool was completely renovated: everything from the pool interior to the pool coping. What was once a tired looking swimming pool has been transformed into a modern, stylish and contemporary looking pool. Before:
Pool Building Northern Beaches
Since the start of this year our in house pool building team has been busy working on this new swimming pool project on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Our pool & landscape design team designed the large timber decking area to run directly over the swimming pool, and act as the pool coping for two of
Bayview Garden – Northern Beaches Garden Designers
We’ve been carrying out some work at a beautiful property in Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. A large acreage garden with views over Pittwater and out towards the Pacific Ocean. The existing garden was built around a grand home and our clients are keen gardeners with an appreciation for interesting plant species. Our scope has
What’s a pleached Quondong??
We’re a big fan of using plants in ways they weren’t intended for, such as these stunning pleached Quondongs – Eleocarpus eumundii. Pleaching is the process of removing the branches and foliage from the main stem to create a bare trunk, leaving a lovely ‘mop top’ affect. These Quondong which are normally used as a
Plant of the month – Spathiphyllum
A great indoor and shade loving plant, Spathiphyllum is known for its huge lush green foliage and beautiful white flower. Spathiphyllum, otherwise known as the Peace Lily, is a favourite of ours mass planted under a large tree in a shady corner of a garden.
We’re loving – Berrimah Walling
The large format heavily distressed finish of the Berrimah walling from Eco Outdoor is definitely on our favourites list right now! Made of limestone but reminiscent of traditional sandstone walls, Berrrimah is a beautiful nature stone product for both residential and commercial projects. Image courtesy of Eco Outdoor Pinterest Image courtesy of Eco Outdoor Pinterest
Just Finished – Longueville Garden Design
This harbour front garden design project which was designed and installed by Harrison’s has finally come to a close. Our landscape construction team has been flat out since January, just on this one job! The landscape design features a series of curved sandstone walls and pathways that wind their way down to the harbour. The
We’re loving – Garden Designer Franchesca Watson
We’re loving the gardens of South African garden designer Franchesca Watson. She’s particularly skilled with her use of plants and getting the scale of a garden just right. You can check out more of her work here. Simply beautiful! That stunning raw timber deck isn’t too shabby either!!
Interiors Addict featuring our Randwick Project
A project we completed last year in Randwick has been featured on The Interiors Addict. This project involved installing a new fully tiled pool, bluestone tiling, custom built shed, timber screen and Spotted Gum deck. Special thanks to our amazing client Alana for putting this project forward to the guys at The Interiors Addict. Can’t
Feature Garden – Five Dock
This beautiful pool and garden was constructed by Harrison’s Landscaping just over 2 years ago. It was great to revisit the site for the photo shoot and see that the garden is doing so well. A special mention to Brett our garden maintenance manager for keeping the garden looking its best for the last 2
Balcony Garden Design
This stunning balcony garden design in Darlinghurst was recently completed by our team of garden designers. Doesn’t the Jade look stunning underplanted with String of Pearls!
Garden Maintenance – Autumn
Autumn is one of my favourite times to be in the garden. Not only does everything turn that fabulous Autumn colour, it’s also the best time to rejuvenate a garden before Winter hits and Spring arrive. Here’s some jobs to keep you busy: Prune hedges and large shrubs to keep them compact in preparation for
Outdoor Kitchens & BBQ’s
One of the most commonly requested items from our clients is an outdoor kitchen and BBQ. Fortunately the days of the old brick BBQ positioned in the far corner of the garden are behind us. These days the modern outdoor kitchen is positioned close to the home or entertaining area and it comes equipped with
Timber Decking Pool Surrounds
We’re loving using hardwood decking as a pool surround material. As long as the timber is a good quality hardwood, such as Spotted Gum and you pre-oil, you can run the deck right to the water’s edge and use it as the pool coping. Timber decking as a swimming pool surround is a great way
Houzz Awards 2015
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve picked up two awards at the recent 2015 Houzz Awards – Design and Customer Service. Houzz is a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Over the last 2 years Houzz has been taking the renovating world by storm
Swimming Pool Design: A Checklist
Deciding to build a swimming pool is a worthwhile, yet big investment. Since the pool will occupy a large section of your backyard, it’s important to do some pre-build planning to ensure you get the best pool design for you and your family – for once the plans are in place it can be costly
7 Elements Of Good Pool Design
Having a backyard swimming pool is a dream that more and more Australians are turning into a reality. If you are considering adding a pool to your home then here are seven elements you should consider which will ensure that your pool fits in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, preventing it from looking like some
Eco Outdoor ‘Project of the Month’
Our ‘Mosman’ project has been chosen as the Eco Outdoor ‘Project of the Month’. This stunning harbour view garden was designed, constructed and is currently maintained by the Harrison’s team. Key features include the asymmetrical layout of the garden, a stunning wet-edge pool, outdoor kitchen and of course the Bluestone tiling from Eco Outdoor.
Outdoor Entertainment Ideas
The Aussie outdoor living area has always played an important role when it comes to hosting family and friends. And to ensure the next backyard event you host, whether it’s a laid back dinner, barbeque or children’s party ticks all the boxes, we’ve put together a list of seasonal outdoor entertainment ideas that will keep both adults
Swimming Pool Design Ideas
Creating a pool that’s sympathetic and actually compliments the garden is tricky, but when it all comes together a pool gives you the opportunity to add an amazing element to your garden. A swimming pool is such a dominant feature of most residential gardens that it influences the entire garden design. Here’s some swimming pool
Timber and Balconies
Timber is one the best ways to soften and warm a cold concrete balcony. We often use Australian hardwoods in our balcony garden designs to create built in bench seats, timber decks and privacy screens. There’s a few reasons why timber is a great option for balconies and rooftop gardens: It weighs less than materials
Backyard & Garden Design Ideas
Issue number 12.2 of Backyard & Garden Design Ideas has kindly featured our Mosman project on the front cover and a fantastic article inside titled ‘Working the Angles’ by Karen Booth. If you’d like to check out the full details for this project click here. Thanks again Backyard & Garden Design Ideas!
How to build a raised veggie garden
Here’s a simple and effective way to construct a timber raised veggie garden that will be the envy of the neighborhood and provide you with loads of delicious produce. What you will need for the job: 7 x Treated pine timber sleepers – 50mm x 200mm x 2400mm Box of 75mm galvanised timber screws 1
Have fun with your rooftop gardens
As the traditional big backyard is downsized and more people move into units and apartments a growing need for creative rooftop garden design has emerged. Not only are rooftop gardens great for the environment, they also transform an often unused space into a beautiful garden for all to enjoy. A lot of planning and careful
We completed this project in Palm Beach just before Christmas for Michael Cooke Garden Design. The thing I love most about my job is revisiting our projects and seeing the gardens grow. For this project overlooking Pitterwater, we craned in a massive Cabbage Tree Palm and a beautiful pink Frangipani to the rooftop garden above the
It’s the last day of summer!
As I write this it’s pouring with much needed rain across most of Sydney. One of our biggest challenges over the last 6 months has been the dry conditions, so it’s great to see the wet weather prevailing once again. I thought I might share some maintenance tips to ensure your garden gets the most
Outdoor Bench Seating
I find that these days our clients like to spend time in their gardens the same way they do when they’re out with friends. Entertaining in the garden has become a Sydney way of life and outdoor bench seating can be not only functional but can also provide a visual asset. The ‘boxed’ style timber
Courtyard Garden Paddington
This Courtyard Garden project in Paddington, Sydney started out as a complete blank canvas. The most important task in the landscape design was to connect the covered outdoor room to the backyard. The rear of the property is truly an entertainers dream. The large Courtyard Garden area is tiled with sandstone and continues down to the fully
Redfern Rooftop Garden
“Wild and woolly please!” That was the design brief from our clients of this Redfern Rooftop Garden in Sydney. Not only is the rooftop garden 5 stories up, but when we started it was basically just a concrete playground and a completely bare canvas. The total rooftop area is over 100sqm and it gets really windy up
Manly Courtyard Garden
This Manly Courtyard Garden job is a true Harrison’s Landscaping project. When we were first contacted by the clients who live on the Northern Beaches, their backyard was nothing more than a half dead lawn area. Lucky for us our clients turned out to be great people who put a lot of trust and faith
Harrison’s on Grand Designs Australia
A project we’ve been working on in Hunters Hill over the last 12 months was featured on Grand Designs Australia. This house is one of the most beautiful homes we’ve been lucky enough to work on. While the gardens that surround the home are simply incredible it’s the rooftop garden that really makes this project so
The Seamless Flow
Here’s an extract from an article written by Josh Harrison that appeared in North Shore Living magazine about creating the ‘Seamless Flow’ between the home and the garden: Elements of a residential landscape design are often highly personal and inspired by a client’s hobby, lifestyle or location. Living in the North Shore, it’s no surprise
Harrison’s at the Australian Garden Show!
We were honoured to be involved in the first ever Australian Garden Show at Centennial Park in Sydney. With the ever increasing demand for small space gardening we decided to showcase ‘The Balcony Garden’. We went for a mix of light weight glass reinforced cement troughs and acid dipped ceramic pots. The plants are a