Your landscape designer and horticulturist rolled into one
On the Mornington Peninsula
I provide a rare combination of competent plant knowledge and forward thinking garden designs to bring intention and purpose into your outdoor spaces.
This could be you
The further you walk into your garden, the more your day’s stresses fall away.
Your garden nurtures you, not the other way around.
That is the vision I have for you, your family, and your garden.
- Rob, Founder, Horticulturist and Landscape Designer at The Cutting Hedge Landscaping
The moment you drive up your driveway and step out of your car, your garden journey begins.
You walk across organic stone steppers past a vibrant crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) to your front door.
From your kitchen window, you can already see those same stone steppers disappearing down a hidden path in your backyard, enticing you outside.
Before you know it, you’re walking through the garden. The steppers punctuate mossy Zoysia tenuifolia grass and lead you past another blooming crepe myrtle. You pull a leaf from the spinning gum (Eucalyptus perriniana) and breathe in the eucalypt perfume.
Using expert plant knowledge to create forward-thinking garden designs
Qualified Horticulturist and Landscape Designer with over 20 years hands-on industry experience
Based on the Mornington Peninsula with localised plant knowledge
The Cutting Hedge Landscaping journey
Come in! Get closer. Sit on our messmate beam while I brew you a tea with freshly picked sage (Salvia officinalis) from our “teapot” garden bed.
I’m Rob, by the way. With The Cutting Hedge Landscaping, I seek a symbiosis between living and non-living garden elements to soften and enhance your outdoor space.
I offer you soft landscape design expertise, horticulture know-how, and an understanding of the construction issues involved. Most importantly, I bring passion into every project.
Essentially, with me, you get everything you need to create a sustainable, future-focused garden, all rolled into one.
Get the garden foundations right and the rest will follow
That small, unassuming teapot garden bed by the greenhouse at the back of my property represents the story of where my passions for gardens started.
In my early twenties, I was a chef working at the American Embassy in Slovakia (where I met my wife and even cooked for Hillary Clinton!).
It was through cooking that I started learning about plants — about how the soil and growing conditions could impact the quality of the fruit and veg.
I loved being a chef but when my first daughter Matilda was born, working weekends and nights in a kitchen instead of being with my family took its toll.
We returned to Melbourne, where I began studying horticulture and took on any gardening job I could get every day after school.
Creating intentional garden designs that reveal more beauty over time
In the early days, I had to start from scratch. No equipment. No clientele. I chopped down a Chilean Willow (Salix chilensis) with a bow saw and axe to pay for a chainsaw. I trimmed hedges with hand shears until my palms bled.
But I knew this was what I wanted to do. Unlike fine food creations, designer gardens couldn’t be taken apart with a fork in minutes.
Gardens evolve, revealing more beauty over time. And the work of a garden design can be appreciated long after the foundations are laid, especially when the attention is put into the preparation.
I loved working with my hands in the soil to build long-lasting creations. So I completed a Landscape Design degree to learn how to create works of art with nature.
Intentional and inviting garden zones will take you on a purposeful journey through your garden.
You can’t rush nature. There’s beauty in slowing down and watching your garden grow and flourish over time.
Quality over time
I combine high quality materials and plants with horticultural expertise so your garden works for itself and for your family well into the future.
When I design your garden, it's about creating a journey
I think about the textures, smells, contours, and colours you’ll experience and what’s happening above your head and underfoot as you wander.
I take into account what you want to bring from your past garden and how you want it to evolve in the future.
In my garden, there’s spiky mini mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) contrasting with smooth bluestone steppers underfoot. There will be Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) green ceilings and the huge canopy of a peppercorn tree (Schinus molle) overhead.
You can inhale the scents of Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) and sage (Salvia officinalis).
You can admire the blossoms of the thriving crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) while grounding yourself on the cool surface of the feature mudrock boulder.
I can create a similar experience in your garden.
Ready to work with a hands-on qualified horticulturist and landscape designer on the Mornington Peninsula?
Call me today for a no-obligation quote on 0400 740 140.
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