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Gorgeous green spaces: Styx Landscaping

Launched in 2005, Styx Landscaping is set to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary next year, and founder Glen Thomson and his partner Elly are proud to have grown their company so successfully that it’s now one of the most trusted names in landscaping and property care.



From decks, fences and all aspects of hard landscaping through to ready-lawn laying, irrigation, garden and lawn maintenance and so much more, this business covers the complete A-Z in green space requirements. Every step of every project, whether the planning and creating of a new garden from scratch, or giving an existing but dated garden a makeover, is overseen by Glen and Elly and carried out by them and their dedicated team.

Administrator Elly says Glen’s vast and extensive horticultural and landscaping knowledge, plus their reputation for completing a job quickly and efficiently, has built strong client relationships. “Our clients know we deliver outstanding results, and should any unforeseen problems arise, we’re great at finding solutions that are both cost-effective and sound.”

With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this dynamic duo plan to continue growing the Styx Landscaping brand by exploring further horticultural pathways. Elly, who is already halfway through her Diploma in Landscape Design, has a keen interest in the environment and sustainability; couple this with Glen’s passion for, and pursuance of, quality work and workmanship, and the future of green spaces in Canterbury promises to be nothing less than stunning.

Phone Glen on 027 439 7963, or Elly on 027 567 0016. For more information, email or visit




Creating a garden focal point: Grow Landscape

Known as the father of landscape architecture, Lancelot (Capability) Brown’s signature was to ensure that garden design had a central focal point and, while today’s gardens tend to be smaller than the masterpieces created by Brown, the principal is as relevant as ever.



Creating a striking focal point for your garden is as simple as a visit to Grow Landscape & Lifestyle at 69 Moorhouse Avenue. There you will find the largest and most diverse range of garden art, water features, and pots, troughs, urns and bowls of all sizes in Christchurch. This stunning showcase houses an exclusive selection and the team is ready to help with choice, and at any stage of your project.

Manager at the showroom, Linda Fussell, says that current trends include large shallow dishes and bowls, “a fantastic statement one metre wide, they look beautiful planted with seasonal colour or with succulents”.

Fibreglass/cement troughs range in size from 1-2m and come in black, white and coffee bean and are popular for planting screening, or for attractive vegetable and herb gardening. Glazed pots are always a popular classic and are discounted on a permanent basis. There is a vast range available in size, shape and colour, including the ever-stylish black, grey and white, with cream, lime green, red, mustard and turquoise, guaranteed to make a statement.


The garden art is a fabulous set of designs made bespoke for Grow Landscape & Lifestyle. There is Corten Steel – the rusted look, as well as crisp stainless steel. The latest shipment features a fine bronze horse; at two metres tall a pair would make an unbeatable statement in an entry, or a single at the end of a long view. The water features come from around the world, and you’ll choose from the widest selection in Christchurch.

The exclusive range of pots from Tau are fibreglass and gorgeous for indoors and out. They are completely seamless and hand-finished in black and white, their top-quality finish makes them so tactile, you will find yourself running your hands over them quite regularly!

For eight years, items in a fibreglass and cement mix have been extremely popular for their lack of weight – easy to transport, easy to site, but as beautiful as terracotta, concrete or porcelain. There are tubs, urns, bowls, Buddha heads and panels in this versatile material.


Offering a full landscaping service that covers decking, to fences, to driveways, to paving, Grow Landscape & Lifestyle will come out and give you ideas for your patch or create a full landscape plan. To complement your hard landscaping you’ll need beautiful greenery, and Grow Landscape & Lifestyle can procure exactly what you need and do all the planting. The Grow team loves making something beautiful out of nothing. “It’s wonderful to take a blank canvas and create something that just gets better with time. 

“You’ll always get a very personal result, but we are there to guide you, and nothing’s a problem.”




‘Tree-mendous’ team: Kiwiflora Nurseries

Although their customer base is Canterbury, Kiwiflora Nurseries enjoys such a good reputation for growing superior quality trees and shrubs, that the business is projected to expand to Central Otago, Nelson/Marlborough, Southland, West Coast and the North Island.



Nestled just off the new Southern Motorway, with easy access from State Highway 1 and both Springs and Shands Roads, the nursery comprises 7.5 hectares of land, on which deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs are grown for both the wholesale and retail market. Their stock ranges from small to mid-grade trees and shrubs, up to three-metre tall specimen trees in 45 litre containers, and they freight nationwide.

Owner and Manager Nalin Gooneratne says their picturesque surroundings are a wonderful surprise to visitors. “People tell us we’re a hidden gem, but once the new motorway is complete, city clientele can drive here in no time at all.”

Nalin comes with 25 years of experience in commercial horticulture in Canterbury, advising rural customers on native and exotic plant establishment, shelterbelts and more. “Educating clients on planting trees that perform all year around is very much a patience game!”

Geoff McMillan, Nursery Manager, and Anne Lindsay, Sales Coordinator, complete Kiwiflora’s team; both have a rich and vast horticultural knowledge to help advise on all landscaping projects, irrespective of size.

Open 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-midday Saturday, treat yourself to a perfect day out visiting this ‘tree-mendous’ hidden gem!

Find Kiwiflora Nurseries at 851 Waterholes Road, Templeton. Phone 03 349 4582 or find them on Facebook.




Celebrating Taranaki’s vibrant heart

The Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival has been presenting a selection of gardens each spring for over a decade – 2019 marks the fifteenth edition. Its continuing and growing success in subsequent years can be linked to the diversity and quality of gardens on offer as well as the wide range of other activities.



“The Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival is a ten-day adventure into 40 of the most amazingly eclectic gardens that are found throughout the region,” says John Lucas, Chairman of the Taranaki Garden Trust that stages the event.

Pick up the comprehensive brochure at your i-Site or at major Garden Centres, or download it from Full details of each garden or place of interest, time of opening, contact details and detailed maps are in the brochure so visitors can plan their route to explore several gardens in each area. Entry is just $2 per person for each garden.

Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival: Taranaki, 1 November-10 November 2019.




Artworks Landscape

Striking landscape designs: Artworks Landscape

What everyone is after is a landscape design that’s uniquely individual, the joy of the owner, envy of the neighbours and delight of family and friends.


 Artworks Landscape


Your landscape should reflect your personality and most definitely complement the interior of your home and its architecture. If you’re in the market, look no further than Artworks Landscape Ltd – the company’s Designer Luke Robertson, also a qualified horticulturist, is primarily here to listen first, in order to interpret to your wants, needs and desires.

Whether your requirements are for a new home, a total outdoor renovation, compact courtyard/townhouse or a more ambitious venture, (complete with swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, gas fire, expansive decking, paving and delicious plantings), they can model it to harmonise your lifestyle. “A well thought-out design encompasses not only the site, but how you like to use your space,” Luke says.

“The layout of hard surfaces (paving, decking etc) is the most critical factors to good design – this could be the largest investment in the construction and is the longest serving. Soft landscaping (plantings) can always be updated/modernised at a minimal cost later, provided the fundamental backbone to your design is solid.”


The team at Artworks offers the full service from design to finished construction of the project. It starts with your consultation – so give Luke a call today on 021 409 942 or enquire at


Oderings Landscaping

Autumn: nature’s planting time – Oderings Landscaping

With the first signs of snow on the mountains and a distinct freshness to the air at night; it reminds us that autumn is upon us. There are several landscaping jobs to consider when getting your property ready for autumn and beyond.


Oderings Landscaping


Get planting
Did you know autumn is known as nature’s planting time? It is one of the best seasons to plant a garden, as it gives plants a chance to set their roots for spring growth and because soil is naturally cool and retains water.


Turn down the irrigation
With rainfall increasing, the length of time you need to have your irrigation on decreases. Check timers and re-programme where needed. Check spray heads and fix any leaks that have become apparent over summer.


Build a raised vegetable bed
Apart from being an excellent addition to your overall landscape design, there are many reasons to build a raised vegetable bed. Raising soil levels is excellent for improving soil drainage, which will encourage strong and healthy vegetable growth. It will also make access to planting and weeding easier.


Pruning your stone fruit should be a priority in autumn and should be done as soon as harvesting is complete. Hedges and most shrubs will also appreciate a prune before winter. Not sure where to start with pruning? Contact us – our maintenance team is here to help.


It’s important to have a year-round spray programme and autumn is an ideal time to start. After the stress of dry conditions, your plants will be more susceptible to insects, including thrips and mites. Don’t forget about the lawn; weather conditions will also see an increase in red thread and hydrocotyle.


Lay paving or paths
Now is a great time to consider any of those annoying areas that get boggy and unusable in the rainy months. Adding a path or section of paving can be an excellent way to complete an otherwise non-functioning area, adding more living space regardless of the weather.


Oderings Landscaping is just a call away to help you with your autumn projects, whether it’s a new raised vegetable bed or help with pruning and spraying, our friendly team is ready to help, phone 021 913 747 or email


Willow Landscapes

Built to last: Willow Landscapes

Carl Gildea is passionate about creating beautiful outdoor spaces. He’s a perfectionist who after 15 years travelling the world and improving landscapes along the way, finally put down roots in the Garden City. What did he want to do here? He wanted to establish his own company and build gardens that will stand long and strong as peaceful oases for people to enjoy and cherish. And that is just what he has done.


Willow Landscapes


Symbolically Carl named his company Willow Landscapes after the strong, hardy, graceful and instantly recognisable tree. “Every deck, retaining wall, pathway, lawn and garden we design and create is constructed to last, just like our namesake.”

Carl‘s love of all things landscaping began on a working holiday in Australia where he thoroughly enjoyed laying paving and building retaining walls. “It was hard work, but I could be creative and it was very satisfying seeing the final outcome. Once I returned to the UK I knew this was the work I wanted to do and anyone who visits Westminster walks on paving I laid. Now I’m continuing that tradition here in NZ.”

Carl knows that preparation is the cornerstone for a garden. “My team and I put a lot of work into the foundations of everything we do. It’s what’s below the surface that makes the biggest impact. Even our mighty willow is only as good as its root system. We consider every element necessary to fulfil a client’s requirements – design vision, materials, environment and budget – to create a holistic outdoor area. Not only that but we really take great pleasure in every job. It’s wonderful to be outdoors and working hard.”

There is tremendous versatility to the Willow Landscapes’ portfolio. They can tackle everything from hard landscaping through to the softening final touches of planting. “Gardens come to life with plants. Since being in New Zealand I’ve developed a deep appreciation for this country’s native plants and I love to include them in the gardens we construct.”


Carl and Willow Landscapes take pride in the part they are playing in the legacy of our Garden City. For a free quote call Carl on 021 536 442.



Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

A garden blooming with flowers and trees, shrubs, and an array of colourful foliage creates a serene, embracing atmosphere endearing to the heart. As you head out south of Christchurch, along State Highway One and into Ashburton, you will find just that.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty


As you enter the town, turn right at the entrance and drive along Racecourse Road. When you catch sight of the gardens, turn left and drive down an avenue of towering trees, where you’ll enter the horticultural wonderland that is Trott’s Garden.
Ashburton’s secret garden started as one man’s dream to transform a barren four-hectare paddock, creating a space that people would visit and enjoy, inspiring others to create something special on their own land.

Late last year when Alan Trott retired, his only request was that the property remained part of the Ashburton community. The Trott’s Gardens Charitable Trust was formed to purchase the property, rallying a team of volunteers and forming a management committee to maintain and develop the gardens.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

Since the first spade of soil was turned in 1984, the Trott family has planted a large area now known as the woodland garden, home to 650 rhododendrons. The display of colour from early September until autumn is stunning as rhododendron bloom among stately trees.

Some 50 species of magnolia, 70 different kinds of maples and 40 different varieties of the dogwood family give some idea of the scale of this area, which is underplanted with hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas. Nearby is a bog garden with a stream that flows into a pond edged with many fine water plants, lilies and irises. The pond, from the near side, is free of plantings and so reflects a perfect image of the sky and garden beyond.

One of the highlights of the gardens are the perennial borders running 110 meters in length, enclosed by tightly trimmed macrocarpa hedges. The borders contain only perennial plants, a rarity in the southern hemisphere and, unlike many perennial borders, these contain no natives or roses.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

A special area of the garden is the red border. Developed in 2005, it is a six metre deep, 60 metre long border, featuring hundreds of plants that are either red in foliage or flower.  There are sweeping lawns and a lookout tower provides exceptional views of the bog, the water garden and the rare knot garden that fronts the garden’s chapel, where many weddings are held every year.

The New Zealand Gardens Trust awarded Trott’s Garden six stars (its highest category) and designated it as a NZ Garden of International Significance, as it is considered to be outstanding for its horticultural value. Alan himself was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2017 for his services to horticulture.


Trott’s Garden is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday by appointment only.


Garden Goals

Garden Goals

The second half of the year is ramping up and it’s the time of the year where we start to appreciate our exterior spaces so much more. Creating the perfect area outside can make this experience all the more palatable.


Garden Goals


In the spirit of spring’s new beginnings, we have put together a 2018 to-do list of areas the professionals can help ensure you have a great 2019. First up when embarking on your landscaping journey, consider what you want from your space. This might be an area for entertaining where you can host BBQs and outdoor dinner parties, a space for the kids to play, a spot you can relax in over the weekend, or if your garden is on the micro side of size, it might simply be about maximising the space available.

Engage a quality landscaping company to get the gardens looking tip top and you may find there’s less maintenance and upkeep when things are done right the first time. Make a plan and create a budget to get there. Engage your landscaping experts early, as they will know what is achievable and be able to assist with the planning stage.


Consider what you want from your space


A new deck is an easy and affordable way to extend your living spaces that will last for years. Likewise, paving too is a quick and easy way to dress up a tired space. Whether you want to create a special focal point, extend your living space or even just add a small pathway, you can get creative with the shape, size and pattern.



Artworks Landscape

Covetable outdoor spaces: Artworks Landscape

When thinking about landscaping specialists, the team at Artworks Landscape Ltd should spring to mind. They have been creating in Canterbury for more than 30 years – the team knows their business, and they love what they do.


Artworks Landscape


“Being resourceful and adaptable is the key,” says Ross Marriott, who started the company. “Our clients’ needs all differ – and we work on small courtyard projects, that require intimacy and privacy, right through to the grand projects incorporating swimming pools, outside kitchens, lounging areas, large paved areas and technical planted areas.”
The outside of a home is an extension of who the homeowner is, and what they like to see and do. “The first and most important ingredient is good design; one that fits and functions well with your lifestyle, creates spaces that look amazing when you are in them and can be appreciated from inside the home as well.”

There are so many influences on today’s new designs, and people are investing in what complements their home and allows them to enjoy their outdoor space throughout the entire year. Artworks Landscapes’ lead designer, Luke Robertson, is a seasoned professional with extensive horticultural knowledge. He enjoys the challenge of creating small, intimate areas, through to the thrill of seeing a grand masterpiece come to fruition.


“We invite clients to come and visit our award winning show garden in Prestons Road during weekdays, or to check out and enquire about us working with you via our website,,” Ross says.
Artworks Landscape Ltd is Canterbury’s design and build landscaping expert.