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Choosing A Landscaping Design To Match Your Home’s Architectural Aesthetic

So much focus and attention go onto the interiors of our homes. We spend so much money on creating a space that feels both homely and trendy while simultaneously matching our own personal style preferences. When we put that much effort into the inside of our home, why wouldn’t we put just as much into the outside? The team at Expression Landscaping are passionate about creating landscaping designs that not only integrate seamlessly with a home’s aesthetic but also complement it and make it pop. One of the foundational features of your home will be its architectural influence, and the period it was built. You can draw so much landscaping inspiration from your home’s facade and colour palette to create a truly spectacular yard. The team from Expression Landscaping are here to give you a few tips and tricks on how to create a breathtaking garden by looking closely at the architectural influences of your home.

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Late Colonial Period (1870s-1880s)

Australian homes during this time were relatively simple, with the M-roof cottage, pyramid roof cottage, and the encircling verandah homes being standard across the state. Suppose your house is raised on stumps, features a larger wrap-around verandah, and has a symmetrical staircase. In that case, there’s a good chance the architecture drew inspiration from the colonial period. The best landscaping choices to make these homes look spectacular are;

  • Picket wooden fences match the wood materials of these early homes.
  • Hydrangeas in the front garden soften the harsh lines of colonial homes, making them more appealing and approachable.
  • These homes had large, grassy areas with very few trees close to the property. Trees were a risk for termites, so it was rare to see any near the home itself. 

Federation Period (1890s-1910s)

During this time, the bungalow homes began popping up all over the state. They’re fretwork gable decorations, and beautiful verandas are still replicated and restored in renovations all over Queensland. This was the period in which the Queen Anne home was introduced to Australia, with bay windows, chimney stacks, and steeply pitched roofs. The homes during this time moved away from using wood materials, and we see more brick used throughout. To capture the essence of federation landscaping, you need;

  • Large trees such as palm trees, jacarandas, and Royal Poincianas often surrounded these properties, providing plenty of natural shade.
  • English homes inspired the brick and timber materials used to build federation period homes, so liberal use of English-inspired florals, such as azaleas, rhaphiolepis, and plumbago was the norm.
  • People built brick fences with wrought-iron features to give the properties an air of prestige. 

Interwar Period (1920s-1930s)

The interwar period was the time for Queensland’s highset gable homes with their large porches and bungalow influence. It was also the time for Californian bungalows with corrugated iron roofs and low eaves, and Tudor revival homes with oriel windows and quaintly tiled roofs. Common landscaping feature for these homes are;

  • There was often use of shrubbery in the front of the homes and garden beds. The shrubs would sit against the houses, growing tall and sitting just below the windows.
  • Backyard fruits such as mangoes, passion fruit, and citrus trees were a popular choice for Queenslanders everywhere.
  • There was very minimal fencing with more focus on maintained grass and garden beds during this time. If anything, there was a simple path leading up to the home. 

Post-war Period (1940s-1960s)

If you drive through Queensland’s older suburbs in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you can see many of the post-war austerity homes still standing. These properties were built to last, and if you’re lucky enough to own one, you likely enjoy the simplicity of the architecture. With this homes, landscaping is everything. The house is so simple that a fabulous garden can really take centre stage and steal the show. Standard landscaping features of this era were;

  • Clean, colourful flowerbeds looked very vibrant and beautiful against the backdrop of these homes. Popular choices were roses, petunias, and daisies.
  • There were often lowset brick fences surrounding the property, the exposed red brick looking beautiful against the colourful flowerbeds.
  • Simple stone walkways led up to the property and were lined by the garden beds.

Late 20th Century (1970s-1990s)

The last 30 years of the 20th century were a crazy time for Queensland architecture as we saw influences from all over the world crafting our streets. This time saw the era of functionalist homes with curved glass, ribbon windows, and rendered walls. We also saw the ‘international’ house, with elevated floors, large glass doors, and flat roofs make a splash. Due to the erratic variances in architecture, there isn’t a ‘typical’ late 20th-century garden, but some common themes included;

  • Frangipani trees were in almost every front or backyard, reminding everyone of the gorgeous golden beaches throughout summer.
  • Inground swimming pools became increasingly popular amongst well-off families. Working-class families would set up the sprinkler and hose in the unassumingly simple front yard.
  • Bougainvillea vines wrapped around fences, mailboxes and concrete pillars for a pop of colour. 

Contemporary Homes (2000-Now

Contemporary homes are still designed with plenty of international influence, but many have very modern features such as concrete or steel finishes. A lot of contemporary homes draw from Queensland’s rich architectural past, especially the art deco homes built into old industrial buildings. However, many are constructed primarily with functionality and sustainability in mind. Some landscaping choices we love are;

  • More and more people are buying native plants and trees in the yards to encourage local wildlife.
  • Timber decking is making a comeback as people enjoy meals outdoors with family.
  • Many new builds are blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, creating atriums and alfresco dining spaces.

Consider Your Colour Palette

Your home’s exterior colour is a backdrop for your landscaping design, so you need to look at it critically before you begin planning.
  • Are you working with natural materials? If your home uses natural materials such as wood, stone, or brick, you have a stunning raw foundation that will set off several bright, beautiful plants. Try incorporating colourful foliage and flowers to integrate with the raw materials.
  • Best colours for a landscaping design? Natural colours look the best with the majority of landscaping designs. White, brown, grey, beige, and green hues are the easiest to integrate with gardens is
  • Is your home a bright, bold colour? If you have a bright orange home, that’s completely fine. You just need to make landscaping choices that best suit your home. If you’re stuck and you need advice from the professionals, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Expression Landscaping. We’d be happy to help you get the garden of your dreams.