Brisbane’s unit landscape evolves with smarter green spaces

first_imgMatthew Franzmann says the first thing to consider when designing your apartment garden was weather conditions.When it comes to designing a garden for your apartment balcony, Form Landscape Architects are leaders in the industry having designed for such developments as Sunland’s Grace on Coronation and Billbergia’s Skytower.Form Landscape Architects designed landscaped spaces at The Yards, Brisbane.Form Landscape Architect principal Matthew Franzmann said the first thing to consider when designing your garden was weather conditions.“Balconies in apartment developments are generally elevated and exposed to relatively harsh conditions in the form of direct sun, winds, and sometimes driving rain,” Mr Fanzmann said.“Every balcony is different, and understanding that will help you select appropriate plant species.”He said once that was understood, you could select plants to suit.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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